The race lasts 5 days and connects 6 islands for a total of 354 km. The biggest moment of the year for the passionate of Holopuni va’a. These outrigger canoe sails are a powerful symbol in Polynesian culture. It was once the main means of inter-island transport. Although it gradually disappeared from the landscape. It is now making a comeback. The first edition of the Holopuni va’a championships has been organized this year. A series of five regattas ends with the Tahiti Nui Holopuni Va’a Channel Crossing which is a challenging race from Tahiti to Bora Bora with stages to Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa.
The organizers Va’a Ta’ie, Kainalu XT and the Tahitian Federation of Traditional Sports and Games aim to perpetuate the ancestral art of outrigger canoe sailing.
Pascal Bredin of Seal Superyachts Tahiti, is taking part in the adventure in his Holopuni (sailing canoe) called Kuhela.