Published: Monday, 20 May 2013
Mike Fulton

The Tahiti Pearl Regatta is probably the most famous regatta in French Polynesia. This year over 50 yachts took part, bolstered by eleven magnificent Oyster Yachts. This record entry for the regatta was largely due to the arrival of the Oyster World Rally in French Polynesia. Every year, Oyster Yachts organises regattas exclusively for Oyster owners. The lure of joining the fun in French Polynesia proved attractive to a number of the World Rally fleet owners, thus enabling the setting up of a unique Oyster Class.

Oyster Success In French Polynesia

The regatta started from beautiful South Pacific island of Raiatea and the race to Huahine Island was a lively affair with 20 knots of easterly wind making for a fast passage. The final part of the race was downwind, giving a spectacular spinnaker finale. The USA Oyster 82, Pandemonium took line honours in the monohull class completing the 14-mile race in two hours but, after time correction, the class winner was the British-owned Oyster 655, Proteus. The race back to Raiatea was a light airs affair. At the end of the race programme the Oyster class was won by the German-owned Oyster 56, Mariela. The Swiss Oyster 575, Satika, was second and the Oyster 655, Proteus, was third.

Speaking after the regatta, the Oyster 82, Pandemonium, skipper said: "We are very pleased and proud to represent the Oyster family here at the Pearl Tahiti Regatta. Racing in remote locations can cause issues, especially when pushing your boat. Things get broken. However, Oysters are well engineered and we have had 'on location' customer service throughout the World Rally. There was such a diversity of the people taking part and the scenery was just fantastic. All of the Pandemonium crew really enjoyed the regatta."

The Oyster World Rally started five months ago in Antigua, nearly 7,000 miles from French Polynesia. The next scheduled rendezvous for this rally will be in Tonga at the end of 
May 2013.