What is brewing up on Tara?
A young spider weaves its web in the mast tower... a dome shaped metal structure hat stands up straight on the pontoon... a procession of trucks that invests the “Cité de la Voile”...
One might think that an amazing sea circus is being set up!
Tara is at the centre of everyone’s attention. Curious onlookers, journalists, camera operators capture the image of the boat under every corner.
Onboard, we try to remain impassive and to complete the final work of cleaning. To remove useless materials, arrange the hoses, pipes, oil drums piled in the aft hold, stock taking of the foodstuff... Despite focusing on our tasks we must admit that the excitement gradually overwhelms us. At noon, we only speak of the great festival being built up under our eyes. Another crew comes by to greet us briefly: it is the crew of Thalassa and Captain Pernoud. They will open the ball tomorrow night.
Do you want some entertainment? Well, here's a little preview: this afternoon we moved the boat from one side of the pontoon to the other side... a simple manoeuvre that immediately takes a lot of style with Tara.
All hands on deck! Release the fore mooring lines! Pull on those in the aft! Transferring huge fender buoys!
At the time I am writing, the excitement begins to slow down on deck and onboard. Before the festivities, the departure, the joy, the emotion... we take one last breath of peace among us in the quiet of the boat’s lounge.