The Tahiti Pearl Regatta provides a healthy dose of friendly competition in a tropical paradise. The four-day Tahiti Pearl Regatta attracts an average of 30 yachts, both local and international, racing in and out of the numerous islands and lagoons dotted around this stunning and varied sailing area.
The regatta route takes in various destinations within the Leeward Islands, but varies from year to year. The trade winds in this tropical region blow from the southeast, providing a consistent 10 to 15 knots, although winds have been known to reach 30 knots.
Race distances rarely exceed 20 nautical miles (aside from two open-ocean passages), making the Tahiti Pearl Regatta a favourite for sailors looking to develop their racing ability.
The racing in the day is complemented by evening entertainment on the islands, with Polynesian food, music, and dancing adding to the overall experience. The Tahiti Pearl Regatta is concluded with a prize giving ceremony, followed by a spectacular ritual fire dance.