Regattas in the sun-drenched Caribbean are now two-a-penny. However they are now starting in the Pacific too...
Since 2003 in Tahiti the idea has grown from a seed sown by Pierre Dinard and a small group of Tahitian enthusiasts, to develop a great Polynesian regatta.
And so, this year's Tahiti Pearl Regatta starts tomorrow to be contested by yachtsmen from Australia, Japan, the US, France and Polynesia, the event held out of Uturora on the dream island of Raiatera. Boats will be sailed in three different classes, open to both multihulls and monohulls sailing under the French Sailing Federation HN sailing rule (Handicap National).
This year's race will send the estimated 40 entrants from Raiatea to Bora Bora on to Huahine and Taha’a.
The Tahiti Pearl Regatta is opened to any kind of sailing boats (monohull, catamaran, trimaran, private or charter, on transpacific stopovers, etc...) of any size. Races take place under the authority of the Tahitian Sailing Federation and are governed by the rules of the ISAF (racing rules of sailing 2005-2008).