MAY 23 – 28, 2017: RAIATEA, HUAHINE, TAHAA
Since its beginning, this regatta has been known for its indisputable originality. The TPR is marked by its increasing numbers of participants and the presence of numerous international competitors who have
helped turn this into one of the largest sporting events to take place in the country. It has an authentic, sportive, festive spirit and is the largest regatta in the Pacific islands. This international competition takes place in the most beautiful lagoons of French Polynesia. Each evening celebrates the Polynesian art of living and tradition. The Raiatea Regatta association makes all administrative and festive details of this event possible, thanks to enthusiastic volunteers.
At the onset of TPR, there was a desire to merge a sporting challenge, a friendly spirit and a discovery of Tahitian culture on water and on land. From a half dozen friends who got together eleven years ago, the event has evolved into a team of 30 volunteers and 50 service providers who passionately and selflessly plan this huge event every year. They organize the entire sailing program, festivities, safety, and all the logistics of creating stopovers on three islands.
ZOOM OVER PREVIOUS YEARS
In 2015, 324 participants were recorded. In 2014, the TPR took place from April 29-May 4 with a course that included Raiatea, Bora-Bora and Tahaa. More than 45 sailboats took part with more than 300 crewmembers representing over a dozen nationalities. In 2013, the 10th edition was a record year : 366 participants and 285 crew members hit the seas in more than 53 sailboats. This edition gathered local teams along with 37% of international participants.
THEY CAME TO THE TPR
The New Zealand Yacht Squadron (2006), The Societyof Rochelaise Regattas (2007), The San Francisco Yacht Club (2008), the Nautical Society of Marseille within the context of the Juris’Cup (2009), and the Nautical Society of St Tropez (since 2009).
SCHEDULE OF ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
VILLAGE, ENTERTAINMENT AND DEMONSTRATIONS
TPR village in Uturoa, on the island of Raiatea : demonstrations, arts and crafts, local food samples, environmental awareness booths, registration booth, skipper briefing area, team parade…
In the evenings : party every night, always in a different place. Tahitian games, ma’a tahiti (Tahitian specialties), modern and traditional singing and dancing…
Registration forms can be downloaded as of February 2017 from the TPR website. Registration Fees are 15,000 FCP (USD$130) per boat in the TPR challenge and 50,000 FCP (USD$434) per boat in the corporate challenge. During registration, you need to provide the name of the boat that will be in the regatta. Complete information will be required, such as the boat’s registration number, name, flag and type of craft (monohulled or multihulled). A deposit is required for each dodger that will be refunded during the last evening’s event..
Each team member must be affiliated to the “Fédération Tahitienne de Voile” (Tahitian Sailing Federation). The Yacht Club of Raiatea will be onsite in the racing village with temporary membershi cards available for 500 FCP per person (USD$4).
Upon registration for this race, participants attest that each boat has liability insurance, has the required equipment to navigate more than 6 nautical miles from shelter, and is authorized to sail with a category C. Each foreign participant in the TPR will be agreed a 10% discount on their Air Tahiti Nui ticket.
For information about racing rules and registration :
Facebook : Tahiti Pearl Regatta