Return of the Tara Pacific expedition to Lorient – France

© Tara Expeditions Foundation

October 27

After spending two and a half years criss-crossing the Pacific Ocean to study coral reefs, Tara is returning to Lorient! This mission was by far the largest study of coral reefs ever carried out, thanks to the vast territory covered — more than 100,000 km. and the great number of samples collected. 

Sailors, scientists, artists and the entire Tara Foundation team will be delighted to meet you at the arrival of the schooner to share this extraordinary scientific and human adventure.

Saturday, October 27,  13:30 – 19:30,  & all day Sunday, October 28   

To celebrate this event, Lorient Agglomération and the Tara Foundation are organizing a popular celebration at Lorient La Base where the schooner is scheduled to arrive at 16:30 on Saturday. Festivities will begin at 13:30. Boaters are invited to form an Armada to accompany Tara from the island of Groix to the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly in Lorient. (complete event)

A treasure hunt will take place around the site of Lorient La Base. Each participant can explore the site at his own pace (estimated time 1h30) and answer various enigmas to reveal keywords and ultimately one mystery word. Conceived by the Cité de la Voile, the treasure hunt will highlight the site’s history, the importance of Tara’s scientific missions, and the essential role of the Ocean.  (mandatory registration at the reception located on the forecourt of the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly).

The winner of the treasure hunt will get a trip aboard Tara for 2 people in May 2019: 3 days of  sailing from Lorient!

In the port of Lorient La Base, the Espace Tara will offer various activities on ocean themes for the general public: conferences, film projections, a wall of messages for the ocean, educational workshops organized by the Tara Foundation, Océanopolis, and the Mickey Clubs. In partnership with Disneynature, a photo exhibition will showcase some of the marine animals featured in the film Blue (released in March 2018): spectacular images of an acrobatic humpback whale, portraits of bottle-nose dolphins and smaller animals such as a colourful mantis shrimp and a long-tentacled cuttlefish.

At the Tara Pacific exhibition at the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, visitors will be invited aboard the schooner to get a chance to experience the Tara Pacific expedition. The first part of the exhibition is educational, explaining the challenges of this scientific mission. The second part is artistic, displaying the drawings of illustrator Christian Cailleaux who sailed aboard Tara for several months. (Free entry to the Espace Karré, 10:00 – 18:00).

Tara’s arrival with music. A concert of the Timber Men Stompers, a quintet playing New Orleans-style hot swing music, will begin at 16:00 and accompany the arrival of the boat at 16:30.  A closing concert by Marteen Stok, musician/artist-in-residence aboard Tara, will present his musical version of the Tara Pacific mission. He will be accompanied by the Dutch group Nachtschade.


Sunday, October 28

Tara Pacific exhibition at the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, 10:00 – 18:00

Espace Tara opens at 13:30

Public visits of Tara, 14:00 – 17:30.  The public will have the opportunity to visit Tara’s upper deck  accompanied by a crew member. (by registration only)

Conferences and screenings, 14:00 –17:30. At the Cité de la Voile Eric Tabarly, screenings and conferences will take place throughou t the afternoon (programme to be announced).


Thursday November 1 – Sunday November 4

Guided tours of the schooner, 9:00 – 12:00   and 14:00 –17:00. (registration required). The public can visit the upper deck to learn about life on board and Tara’s special scientific equipment.


Practical information: 

On October 27th at 4pm
La Cité de la Voile – Lorient
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