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THE PACIFIC ISLANDERS
PROUDLY POLYNESIAN, FIERCELY OCEANIAN
Their playground is the Pacific Ocean
Located in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, Tahiti is the largest island of French Polynesia. Since Tahitian Sailing Federation split from France’s in the 1980s, a handful of local sailors reached Sailing highest level including World Champion Billy Besson and Team Tahiti skipper Teva Plichart, 2007 European Match-Racing champion and Areva’s wincher at the Louis-Vuitton Challengers. In 2017, team «Trésors de Tahiti» finished second of Tour de France à la Voile. Pitman Manutea Mahai, a young local fisherman, was part of this unorthodox crew nicknamed «the Tahitian Rastarockets» after the 1990s blockbuster by the French press. SSL Team Tahiti will be a reset of this fantastic project that mixed Tahitian pro with local young amateur sailors. Their objective is to surprise European best teams as perfect underdogs. Tahitians are never as good as when they get together to show the rest of the World their sailing skills.
- 20'000 nautical fans
- 2'500 sailors
- 7 sailing clubs
- 5,000,000 km2 of maritime territory
- 7 World Champions
- 2 Podiums on Tour de France à la voile
- 30 Pacific Games Champions
After racing the Hobie Cat in Tahiti, Teva joined Match-Racing France’s Youth team. He then raced with Paolo Cian winning European Championship. In 2007, he skippered «Tahiti Tourisme» reaching Tour de France à la Voile’s second place. He renewed the result 10 years later with «Trésors de Tahiti». From 2016 until 2019, he sailed on Yliam Comptoir Immobilier winning the famous 2019 Bol d’Or in the D35 category. He continues to race with the same team on TF35.
Yann was on the Tour Voile 2007 adventure with Teva. His profile is versatile, with many supports to his credit: SB20, IRC, ORCC, J80 … He regularly participates in major competitions such as Sydney Hobart or the SB20 world championships.
A professional fisherman, Manutea discovered sailing in 2016. He sails alongside Teva in Diam24. He was vice-champion of France in Diam24 in 2017 and 2nd in the Tour Voile the same year.
THE YOUTH FACTOR
Surrounded by the Pacific, Tahiti is the perfect playground for young sailors. Tahiti Elite Voile program trained and formed five sailors including two local fishermen: Manutea Mahai and his cousin Teahio Mahai. These two talents were part of the 2017 Tour Voile adventure. They will be joined by Tom Lamotte, a promising young Polynesian sailing on France’s Youth Nacra17 team.