The Tahiti Pearl Regatta (TPR) is the premium sailing rendezvous in French Polynesia, with the 14th edition just completed the 24 to 27th May. Taking place in the leeward isles, it’s a fantastic way to explore, sail and have fun in an extremely beautiful environment.
Multihull Solutions was one of the official sponsors of this event showing their commitment to developing a strong local service centre in Tahiti.
Present in the TPR Race Village Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th, the Multihull Solutions booth was well located and brochures were distributed to all race participants during their registration. On Wednesday 24th, in partnership with Corsair Marine, Multihull Solutions and SAIL Tahiti ran the TPR ‘Speed Runs’ on 2 Corsair Pulse 600 trimarans. This promotional event gained a lot of attention with regular live reporting and video footage. The speed runs were run just in front of the harbour and welcomed around 20 participants new to Pulse 600 sailing. A bottle of champagne was presented to the winning team.
On Thursday 25th the regatta started, with the fleet going from Raiatea to Huahine Island, 22 miles directly upwind. The Multihull Solutions Pulse 600s were amongst the first, passing almost all monohulls. On Friday 26th the day started by a classic round the mark race followed by a downwind race back to Raiatea. With 15-20 knots of breeze and 1.5 meters of swell, the Multihull Solutions Pulse 600s recorded speeds well above 20 knots and once again were among the first to cross the line. On Saturday 27th there was another round the buoys race followed by the very tactical “round Tahaa island” race. This was very spectacular with strong gusts coming down from the summits of the islandand the day was spent in shallow waters of the lagoon. The Multihull Solutions Pulse 600s had line honours!
In this 14th edition of the TPR, the multihull class really shone and was the focus of the media with some great results. In elapsed time the Multihull Solutions Pulse 600s were in the top 2 coming on the heels of the Diam 24 from Tresors de Tahiti (teamed by professionals). In compensated time the overall winner was the Outremer 45 Nusa Dua from French actor Pierre Cosso, followed by Ekolo Cat owned by Nicolas Gruet, the Catathai designer and then our team Sail Tahiti with the Multihull Solutions Pulse 600s ranking 3rd and 5th.
Overall a super event in excellent conditions.