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.