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Sailing in Tahiti offers balmy easterly trade winds averaging between 15 and 20 knots throughout the year. Encircling barrier reefs provide a habitat for wonderful marine life, colorful coral, and more than 500 species of fish, making it a world-class diving location. Come to our next planning party to learn more about joining us.

The French Polynesia

The French Polynesian archipelago of the Society Islands, the Marquesas, Tua Motu, Gambier and the Austral Ridge is situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Our cruising area in the Society Islands encompasses the islands of Raiatea, Bora Bora, Tahaa and Huahine, all just a four or five hour sail apart. This is relaxed cruising in a stunning natural paradise. Soak the sophisticated atmosphere along the way or get back to nature, cruising over beautiful lagoons and colorful reefs or gazing out over scenic vistas of jagged volcanic peaks.

Sailing in Tahiti

A Tahiti sailing itinerary typically includes easy passages within the protected waters behind the beautiful coral reefs that encircle the islands, allowing for relaxed sailing in one of the most exotic cruising grounds in the world. Snorkeling and scuba diving on the reefs, swimming and sunbathing on white-sand beaches, enjoying the delights of culture, shopping, and fine restaurants, plus spending quiet evenings aboard your yacht in picturesque anchorages are all part of what makes sailing in Tahitian waters so appealing.

Relatively short passages between the islands integrate open-ocean sailing. The longest passage to windward is about 18 nautical miles. The open-water passages downwind from Huahine to Tahaa and from Tahaa to Bora-Bora are simply spectacular, South Pacific sailing at its very best.

Favorable Winds And Permanent Sunshine

The climate in French Polynesia is sunny and pleasant. The dry season, which is the winter, is cooler (78 - 85°F or 25 - 29°C) and windier. It runs from May to September. These are probably the best months to come sailing as you can enjoy a prevailing easterly wind of 15 or 20 knots, increasing to 25 knots, and the sea becoming choppy with swells of 3-5 ft. Also, water temperature averages at 79°F (26°C) during this time.

Tides

Around 20 to 30 cm (approx.: 1 foot). In the Leeward Islands low tide is around 6.00 am and 6.00 pm, high tide around noon and midnight.

How to Get Involved

There are three ways to get involved. You can charter your own yacht, let us help you hook up with other members and sailors, or book a cabin on an OCSC Flotilla Leader’s yacht.

  • Option 1: With a small deposit (appx. 15%), you may reserve a boat with your friends or family, or reserve a boat and let us help you find crewmates. 
  • Option 2: If you want to go but need to hook up with others on the flotilla, we will help you meet some other sailors to join a boat or set up a crew.
  • Option 3: If you like the idea of learning more while you relax, consider reserving a cabin on one of the OCSC Flotilla Leader yachts. All OCSC flotilla leaders are qualified sailing instructor with years of cruising experience. They make wonderful skippers, and are perfectly willing to make the experience for you as educational as you like. In addition to your share of the charter, you have only an additional skipper fee to pay: $450 per person, double occupancy, or $900 per cabin. If you come as a single, we will work to help you find a cabin mate or you can pay for a full cabin for privacy.
Giving Back to the fragile environment we cherish

Since it’s founding, OCSC has been committed to environmental protection. We have always felt that especially since our business is built on enjoying nature, we are compelled to support organizations that work as guardians for all of us. Part of our approach has been to focus our efforts and appreciation on areas that we are privileged to visit on our bareboat flotillas.

To help this end your participation in our flotilla includes an additional contribution of $50 per person. The funds we collect are donated to an environmental protection initiative in the region we visit.

Yachts range in size from 40–51 feet

Cost of adventures and flotillas vary depending on factors like attendence, the number of people in your crew, and size of your yacht. Please inquire for trip rates and pricing.

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Dates and Leaders
Start End Leaders

July 19, 2015

July 29, 2015

Captain Ray Wichmann