Our Excess dealer, David from Sail Tahiti, set out from Les Sables d'Olonne in France aboard his Excess 11, called Te Ava. The name means “the pass” in Tahitian, a maritime zone where the waters mix.
He put to sea, bound for Tahiti (though this is not a first for our smart sailor)!
Now 49 years old, David had had this dream since he was a child: to sail to Tahiti... a dream that became reality in 2013. With his family, they took a year off to sail the oceans. Ultimately, they spent two years getting to Tahiti. Since then, they set up a business, Sail Tahiti, who is the Excess dealer in the region.
David chose the Excess brand to accompany him in his professional adventure. He was looking for a brand of multihulls that he felt he wanted to represent in the Pacific. He was looking for a brand that was comfortable and safe for long ocean passages, but also a brand that was lively and fun!
He had a very clear idea of what he was looking for. He shared the same vision of boating as Thibaut De Montvalon (Director of Excess). And this is how he chose to join the Excess tribe!
Today he is back at sea, bound for Tahiti aboard his Excess 11. Check out his video portrait!
For this latest adventure, he chose one of the most affordable catamarans on the market and one that’s very easy to handle. This sailboat has been a great success with clients in the Pacific, be they private owners or charterers.
David and his various crew, set off from Les Sables d'Olonne, on France’s Atlantic coast. First, they crossed the Bay of Biscay, then sailed to the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic to Martinique in the French West Indies. From there they will head to Panama, to transit the canal.
Once through the canal and into the Pacific, they will sail 4,000 miles to the Marquesas Islands and then to the Tuamotus, and then to Tahiti, their final destination. In total they will have covered about 15,000 miles with the aim of completing the trip in 4 months.
David is looking forward to seeing how his Atlantic crossing time compares to Lizzy and Marco, winners of the ARC rally aboard their Excess 11, Bombarda.
You can follow David's adventure by clicking here and you can ask him questions about the boat as well as his trip by visiting his website or directly on social media!
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For any purchase or charter of an Excess catamaran in French Polynesia, do not hesitate to contact them!
The whole Excess tribe wishes them a good passage!