log book - Tara’s Celtic summer
Tara’s Celtic summer
After two and a half years sailing across the world during the Tara Oceans expedition, then 3 months of refitting in Lorient, the schooner is now ready to meet the European and French public, particularly in Ireland and Brittany.
On Saturday, Tara will set course for the Dublin 2012 City of Science, Euroscience Open Forum, scheduled to begin on July 10. Created by five European Foundations, the ESOF contributes to the development of a European scientific identity, with the aim of closing the gap between science and society, and motivating politicians to support research.
Several Tara Oceans exhibitions will be held at various locations in Dublin, and Eric Karsenti, co-director of Tara Oceans, will speak as part of this Forum. Tara Oceans has been especially selected to participate in an evening show of scientific images at Art Park. The exhibition ‘Polar Night’ by Vincent Hilaire will also be presented at Brent Pope's Gallery, July 9 to 23.
On July 13 at 19h, Emmanuel Reynaud (UCD, Dublin + Q & A), scientific coordinator of Tara Oceans, will hold a conference about the expedition at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland. Tara will hoist sails on July 13 and reach Brest on July 15.
From July 15-18, Tara will participate in Tonnerres de Brest 2012, docked at Quai de la Douane, basin #5. On July 15, Tara will take part in the evening parade at the Port de Commerce between 23h and 23h45. Besides Tara, there will be flotillas from Russia, Norway, Morocco, Mexico, Indonesia, the old and new SNSM lifeboats, fishing boats, rowboats, sailing luggers, Bourcets, Jangadas, Sandeqs and other exotic sailboats. All the big sailing yachts of European maritime heritage will also be present.
Tara will then take part in the parade between Brest and Douarnenez on July 19 (starting at 9am) and remain docked at Douarnenez until July 22.
Don’t miss the exhibition 'Tara Oceans, a unique marathon' by photographer Julien Girardot, on view all summer (July 10 to August 22) on the docks of Roscoff port.
Passionate about the islands, their inhabitants and their traditional activities like fishing, Julien Girardot adores taking several weeks off to sail the open seas. In search of distant horizons, Julien joined Tara Oceans at Djibouti on January 19, 2010. After crossing the Gulf of Aden, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bombay, Male and the remote archipelago of St. Brandon, he landed at Port Louis, capital of Mauritius, after four months at sea. In June 2011 he embarked aboard Tara again at Gambier, one of the five archipelagos of French Polynesia, and navigated for three months, with stopovers in the Marquesas, Tahiti, Moorea, Christmas Island and finally Hawaii. For the final leg of the expedition, crossing the Atlantic from New York to Lorient, he was again on board. Enlisted as a cook, he quickly showed as much skill with a Moulinex as with his single lens reflex. His usual profession of photographer rapidly took over his free time on board.
The exhibition is a logbook of 120 days of this unique marathon around the world: 45 photographs taken by a very unusual crew member.
Tara will rejoin her home port in Lorient from July 23 until early September before stopping over at Roscoff, Le Havre, and London in mid-September. Then she will be docked in Paris on the Seine in the beginning of November, with an exhibition devoted to the last 2 expeditions: Tara Arctic and Tara Oceans.
Dublin stop over:
- Tara boat mooring at East Pier – 10th to 13th of July 2012
East Pier- Berth 4 - Dun Laoghiare Harbour - County Dublin - Ireland-
- 10TH OF JULY - 4pm: Welcoming Flotilla
- 11TH & 12THOF JULY - 2pm - 6pm
General public visits…public visits on first come first served basis.
Exhibitions in Dublin :
> Outside Exhibition – July
Venues : East Pier, Battery
Part 1: Tara Oceans, A Worldwide Portrait of Marine Plankton - Part 2: Tara, a scientific vessel
> Inside exhibition in the lighthouse – 10th to 16th of July
Part 3: 20,000 leagues under the sea, a school project.
Exhibition of creative drawings and sculptures by pupils from Newpark Comprehensive School - 4th year students from Newpark Comprehensive School (Blackrock, Co Dublin) worked for several months on the representation of deep sea animals and their description in French. This facility will be open to the public on a restricted basis.
> Inside exhibition in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland – July 2012
Part 4: Tara Oceans, a coral view
This exhibition will present pictures taken during the two major remote coral reef surveys as part of the Tara Oceans Expedition: Saint Brandon and Gambiers
Venues : Pearse Street, Nassau Street , Baggot Street Bridge
The Health Research Board has brought together a ‘curious’ collection of scientific images to capture people’s imagination and showcase the magic of science that is rarely seen outside of research groups. Images range from the microscopic (burst blood vessels, MRSA, dental plaque) to the enormous (CERN Large Hadron Collider) and can be seen on Dublin city buildings on;
> From Pole to Pole – Vincent Hilaire - July 9th to 23rd - 11am -7pm
Venu: To the rear of the Convention Centre Dublin -Number 5 (Corner Unit) - Spencer Dock - Mayor Street Upper - Dublin 1
Exhibition presents forty pictures conveying some of the unusual, still pure atmosphere that prevails in the explored areas during the journey on the yacht Tara. The aim of the black and white colors is to reinforce the impression of eternity of the landscapes where the mad rush of time seems to have stopped. The photographs also reflect the pristine nature of all human traces, a still life without influence. The ice plays a particularly important role which along with the fields, oceans, deserts and forests form one unity.
- Other linked event:
> ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships 2012 (July 12-21, 2012) - 13th of July 2012, French day
> Dublin, City of Science 2012, Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (July 11 – 15) – 12th of July, Eric Karsenti - Keynote Address
> UCD Imagine Science Film Festival (July 5 – 17, 2012)
14th of July 2012, Bastille Day