Meet the team !

The Sail Tahiti team at the Vaima Center Marina de Papeete Tahiti
David Allouch

David Allouch

David made his career as an entrepreneur in finance and media, before buying a catamaran in 2013 and heading off to explore the oceans with his family. His passion for sailing started on his optimist at age 5 and with the love for the sea and ocean racing always present, his military service was completed on an oceanographic research vessel as watch captain. Over the years he has competed in many in-shore and off-shore races around Europe, solo as well as with crews.

This as well as his experience with the preparation of his own boat give him an all-round competence in sailing and boat preparation.  His past in investment banking as well as CEO of tech and media companies brings a deep understanding of markets and financing and makes him an excellent adviser in the financial aspects of boat sales.

Nikki Puttergill Sail Tahiti Brokerage

Nikki Puttergill

Born and raised in Cape Town, Nikki Puttergill did her first offshore race, 1800 miles  from Mauritius to Durban at age 16. She has participated in many regattas, in South Africa and Europe, on dinghies as well as larger yachts.

Parallel to her sailing experiences, Nikki graduated from Cape Town University with a bachelor degree in civil engineering and later an MBA. She had a successful career in IT in London and Paris, most notably managing complex e-commerce solutions for large companies and developing e-business solutions for the entertainment industry within the Accenture group.

She sailed from France to Tahiti on a catamaran before joining the Sail Tahiti adventure.

Etienne Bogaert

Born in the Alps, Etienne grew up within elements and nature. In this context he fell in love with ski, bike, alpinism, river surf, kite and paragliding.

After an engineer degree in composites materials and a master in sport management, he leaves his mountain homeland and lake sailing to join Brazil. Eager for adventures & travel, and enjoy an outdoor industry experience, he finally heads French Polynesia to propose his skill in technical product retail serving Sail Tahiti.

Etienne support today our charter and sell activity as online and on the ground. He will be happy to assist you in your project!

Turi Tetihia

Turi studied environmental engineering in France and worked for Suez (French utility company) as an offer and innovation project manager.  Originally from Tahiti, she moved back to be closer to here roots, initially working for Papeete’s administration as a sustainable development project manager.

However, her passion is sailing and the sea.  A qualified C.P.L. (professional maritime qualification for the command of power boats to 17m), she also sails regularly with friends around islands and has crewed for several boat deliveries to the Tuamotu and Leeward islands.

On top of all our caretaking as well as our developing boat club activities, we’re excited to have Turi on board!

Yann Ollivier from Sail Tahiti

Yann Ollivier

Raised in northern Brittany, Yann has spent much of his life at sea. Weather on his windsurfing board in the cold waves of the pink granite coast, on a small 28-foot sloop in the ice of Spitsbergen, or with his family on the other side of the world. A professional sailing instructor, Yann is also an experienced senior engineer. With a 14-year career in the microelectronics industry, he may have found the perfect balance between his passion for new technologies and sailing here in Tahiti!

We’re living in an exciting era of innovation and low carbon performance in the sailing world. Whether it’s lithium, high definition 3D sonar, solar or wind powered generators, Yann is the go-to guy for all technical questions and new projects.

Lionel Rodolausse

Lionel Rodolausse

Lionel lived in Tahiti from 1998 to 2001 where he met his wife, a native of Rurutu. After twenty years in France in the nautical industry where he held positions as a technician and then as a manager in the manufacture and follow-up of large yachts, notably the Lagoon 77 and the Couach launches, Lionel has returned to Tahiti to head our Service and aftersale division. Wether you need technical advise, you want to order some spare parts and want to plan a full refit of your boat Lionel is always happy to help.

He is a passionate surfer and Vaa enthusiast and when not at work he’s most likely riding one of Tahiti’s top reef spots

Our Clients

July, 2021: I signed a mandate with Sail Tahiti to sell my boat in March. Less than two months later a Purchase Agreement was signed with a buyer. Sail Tahiti managed a transaction that was not a walk in the park. Multiple stakeholders (buyer, leaser, bank), trans-national regulations and covid restrictions that keeps evolving made it a good challenge. Sail Tahiti overcame all these constraints with a friendly touch. Very good service, thank you David !

Wanda, Lagoon 42

Feb, 2021: Tahiti Sail achieved a fair outcome in difficult circumstances, never an easy affair, with plenty of emotion, I did have my ups and downs but would I recommend them to sell your dream …. Yes is my answer due to hard work, integrity and pragmatism.

ZAN, Catana 50

June, 2018 : Excellent service during our purchase of our Lipari 41! Over and beyond expected service especially helping with the difficulty of trans-pacific deals N&T Storey Scat LAYLA

Layla, Lipari 41

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