Since 1981, the “Voiles de Saint Tropez” are installed each year in the eponymous city at the end of summer, for 9 days of regattas and celebrations. This unique nautical joust brings together the most beautiful sailing ships of the Mediterranean. More than 300 boats measuring up to 60 meters sail daily in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.

Seven months later and two oceans away, the “Tahiti Pearl Regatta” takes place at the exact opposite of the planet. It welcomes international crews each year attracted by the notoriety of the event and the discovery of French Polynesia, in a sport circuit through the Leeward Islands.

As is often the case in the sailing world, it was a story of men and friendships that allowed the two regattas to meet.

In 2009, Mr. Pierre DINARD, then President of the TPR, met one of his friends, an active member of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (SNST). They jointly develop the basis for a twinning between SNST (Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez) and the association Raiatea Regatta (Tahiti Pearl Regatta).

From then on, exchanges of crews from the antipodes take place each year between Tahiti and Saint-Tropez and the tropéziens are seduced by the skilful balance between sporting regatta and festive spirit of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta.

An international racing judge at the TPR

The ties between the two regattas increased and in 2011, Mr. George KORHEL, international racing judge of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, became a member of the race committee of the Tahiti Pearl Regatta.

The Sails of Friendship

Thanks to these exceptional relations, the South Pacific is present every year on the village of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, while the exchanges of crews winning between the two events are an opportunity to discover new playgrounds and to start new friendships.

It is the Windfall sailboat in the colors of insurance Allianz, skippered by Roland MARTY, who won the Tahiti Pearl Regatta 2017 in one of two categories “Monohulls”. He and his crew are invited to sail to the Voiles de Saint-Tropez aboard the Lady Jo by Pierre ROINSON, a member of the SNST.

On the water, they will find the crew of the blue Java sailboat of Gilles DYEN, who represented the SNST on Polynesian waters last May.

A GROWING EXCHANGE

During the sails of Saint-Tropez 2016, Lana TETUANUI, senator, personally handed Jean-Pierre TUVERI, Mayor of Saint-Tropez, an invitation to inaugurate the bust of Louis Langomazino *, offered by the Saint- Tropez in Tahiti in 2014.
On February 20, 2017, Jean-Pierre TUVERI took part in this inauguration at the Town Hall of Papeete.
A few months later, André BEAUFILS sponsored the 14th TPR and was awarded the medal of the City of Tumaraa by the Mayor of the commune and President of the Havai Commune Community and President of the Union of the French Polynesian Municipalities in company of Mrs. Lana Tetuanui Senator marking a little more the strong link that united the Tahiti Pearl Regatta and the Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

* 1851, Louis Joseph Langomazino, a French republican militant, and Tropezien, was exiled to the Marquesas. Half a century later, his son Hegesippe Langomazino became the 2nd mayor of Papeete, then a young Polynesian capital.

Crews from Saint-Tropez come to tpr

2009 / 2010 : Argo (Skipper : Maurice CHAUVIN)
2010 / 2011 : Flawless (Skipper : Philippe COSPAIN)
2011 / 2013 : Cachou (Skipper : Guy CURNILLON)
2012 / 2013 : Java Bleue (Skipper : Jacky MAITRE)
2013 / 2014 : Arobas (Skipper : Gérard LOGEL)
2014 / 2015 : Pen Kalett (Skipper : Georges LETROQUER)
2015 / 2016 : Vito II skipper (Skipper : Gian Marco MAGRINI)
2016 / 2017 : Java Bleue (Skipper : Gilles DYEN)