Over the editions, the Tahiti Pearl Regatta, or TPR, has been able to become an unavoidable rendezvous for all sailing lovers. Throughout the year, the TPR team and its partners travel the world to communicate and associate the Polynesian race with other major events and attract more and more enthusiasts.
The Tahiti Pearl Regatta and the “Voiles de Saint-Tropez” have been twinned since 2009 with an exchange of crews. The prestigious “Voiles de St Tropez” organized by the “Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez” (SNST), are among French regattas, the most awaited each year. Nearly 300 sailboats, modern or classic, get started for a week of racing.
On the water, the TPR benefits from the Mediterranean regatta ‘savoir-faire’, with the inestimable contribution of Mr. Georges Kohrel, Principal Race Officer of the “Voiles de St-Tropez” and member of the TPR since 2011. “Jojo” to his friends, brings the organization, the rigor and the respect of rules with him, which prevails during the “Voiles de St-Tropez”.
Each year, Tahiti Tourisme supports the presence of several major international signatures in the world of sailing photography. This year , the TPR organisation is proud to welcome M.Bertrand Duquenne as ” official photographer of the event”; Bertand , a major signature in the world of sailing photographies, knows the TPR pretty well as he already covered it a couple of times for several magazines. These professionals broadcast images of the TPR in the specialized press throughout the year.
The New Zealand Yacht Squadron, the Société des Régates Rochelaises, the San Francisco Yacht Club, the Société Nautique de Marseille, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the Oyster fleet took part in the TPR over the years. But also many celebrities: navigators like late Laurent Bourgnon, TPR Ambassador in 2014 and in 2015, Patrick Tabarly, Patrick Elies or actor like Pierre Cosso.
The ambassador of last year’s edition was André BEAUFILS, president of the SNST and the “Voiles de Saint-Tropez”.