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Video : 10.27.2018. Tara back from the Pacific expedition

After navigating for 2 and a half years in the Pacific Ocean, where 40% of the planet’s coral reefs are …

After navigating for 2 and a half years in the Pacific Ocean, where 40% of the planet’s coral reefs are found, Tara returned to Lorient, its home port on October 27, 2018. The odyssey #TaraPacific comes to an end, but the scientific mission is only starting now ! To know more about this : oceans.taraexpeditions.org/?p=115283

Directing and editing : © Céline Bellanger / Fondation Tara Expeditions
Drone images : © Muriel Vandenbempt / Fondation Tara Expeditions

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10/25/18

Video : Last plankton samplings in Northern Atlantic

After two and a half years crossing the Pacific to study coral reefs, the transatlantic signals the end of this …

After two and a half years crossing the Pacific to study coral reefs, the transatlantic signals the end of this scientific campaign for the Tara Expeditions Foundation. The last plankton hauls are confirming protocols of seawater filtration and various sampling nets.

© Céline Bellanger -  Tara Expeditions Foundation

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10/19/18

Video : Crossing the Atlantic – Tara in the tempest !

With gusts up to 57 knots and with waves over six meters high, Tara defies the elements and continues its …

With gusts up to 57 knots and with waves over six meters high, Tara defies the elements and continues its Atlantic crossing to get closer, all sails out, to its home port!

© Céline Bellanger – Martin Hertau /  Tara Expeditions Foundation

 

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10/10/18

Video : Goodbye America, hello the Atlantic Ocean !

« “This Saturday at 4 pm, we sailed away from Boston under the sun and with our smiling faces. Tonight …

« “This Saturday at 4 pm, we sailed away from Boston under the sun and with our smiling faces. Tonight I make my first shift with Monch and the stars guide our Atlantic Crossing! Another 2498 nautical miles before making a landing. Lorient and Brittany are straight on! In the meantime we will do our best to coexist with the Atlantic Ocean”, Maëlys, our new recruit aboard Tara.

© Céline Bellanger / Tara Expeditions Foundation

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10/05/18

Goodbye Boston ! Goodbye America !

Tara left the USA today after a week-long stopover in Boston. Immersed in the dynamic intellectual life of Harvard University, …

Tara left the USA today after a week-long stopover in Boston. Immersed in the dynamic intellectual life of Harvard University, the Taranauts took part in numerous exchanges and presented the scientific projects in progress. Moored at the docks of the most European of American cities, the crew also took advantage of this last stopover to gradually adapt to a colder climate before the big return to France.

 School children visiting the schooner © Céline Bellanger – Tara Expeditions Foundation

After several months in the tropics, this last stopover on the American continent gave the Taranauts a chance to re-adapt to a climate similar to Brittany’s! Thunderstorms, drizzle, fog and rain. We had to take out raincoats and sweatshirts stored at the bottom of our bags! But the inclement weather did not discourage the young Bostonians, who were excited to visit Tara and learn more about the fascinating life of corals.

The schooner was moored close to one of the oldest historic centers in the US, so the Taranauts also reconnected culturally. Victorian architecture reminiscent of the United Kingdom, Irish and Italian neighborhoods — the stopover in Boston created a smooth transition to Europe. What’s more, the French language took over on deck and in the main cabin during visits attended by many French speakers, including representatives of the French Consulate.

Visit of the French consul in Boston © Céline Bellanger – Tara Expeditions Foundation

This last stop was also an immersion in the heart of the intellectual life of the most famous American university: Harvard! Cell biologist Eric Karsenti presented his research on embryogenesis and talked about the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2013) of which he was the scientific director. As part of these exchanges, the Taranauts took part in discussions on themes such as scientific and human adventure, exploration, and transmission of knowledge.

Eric Karsenti’s lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University) © Céline Bellanger – Tara Expeditions Foundation


We began stocking up on fuel (bunkering) and supplies as the threat of hurricane Leslie faded away. Departure time is approaching and Tara is ready for the big return!

Céline Bellanger

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10/04/18

Tara prepares for the transatlantic voyage

This evening, Tara will leave Boston for her transatlantic voyage to France. Sailors, cook and scientists are busy preparing for …

This evening, Tara will leave Boston for her transatlantic voyage to France. Sailors, cook and scientists are busy preparing for this 3-week ocean navigation. Here are some of their comments a few hours before departure.

Sophie Bin, sailor/cook© Céline Bellanger / Fondation Tara Expéditions
Sophie Bin, sailor/cook

Today we filled the forward hold with 5 shopping carts of food: 100 kgs of flour, over 300 eggs, 70 litres of milk. We have to anticipate the amount of food for 11 people at sea for over 2 weeks. Once we depart we’ll consume the fresh food (fruit and vegetables) first. As for recipes, nothing stops me! I’ve made lemon meringue tarts during a storm at night

Martin Herteau et Nicolas Bin préparent la navigation:: Celine Bellanger : Fondation Tara Expeditions.jpg © Céline Bellanger / Fondation Tara Expéditions
Martin Hertau, captain, and Nicolas Bin, first mate

For 5 days we’ve been following the weather reports on Hurricane Leslie, at the moment east of Bermuda. We’re watching its path to find the best time to leave in good conditions. The hurricane is coming closer, so we’ll surely delay our departure and plot a course further north. In addition to preparing for the voyage, we have to check safety equipment, brief new arrivals and organize the night-watches in which everyone participates.

Portrait Charlène Gicquel : Celine Bellanger : Fondation Tara Expeditions © Céline Bellanger / Fondation Tara Expéditions
Charlène Gicquel, chief mechanic

Since we know this will be a long journey, I’ve done a lot of preventative maintenance so that the motors and generators are ready and operational before leaving. It’s reassuring because one never knows what the weather will be like at sea!

François couture avant transat:: Celine Bellanger : Fondation Tara Expeditions © Céline Bellanger / Fondation Tara Expéditions
François Aurat, deck officer

On deck I’ve been busy repairing things: verified the winches, replaced certain ropes, changed sail battens, re-sewn leather protectors. We also have to make sure everything is securely attached and tie down anything that might fall on deck or in the hold during the voyage.

Céline Bellanger

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10/01/18

On the way to Boston

Tara left New York for Boston where she will be docked until October 4th. The agitated 3-day trip included numerous …

Tara left New York for Boston where she will be docked until October 4th. The agitated 3-day trip included numerous discussions on plastic pollution in the ocean.

1- Tara devant la Statue de la liberte_Celine Bellanger_Tara Expeditions Foundation Tara with the Statue of Liberty in the background © Céline Bellanger / Tara Expeditions Foundation

As with every departure, heading out to sea aboard Tara is a real adventure! Apart from the assistance of a few electric winches, almost everything is still done by hand: casting off the heavy moorings, hoisting sails and manning the “coffee grinder”. Leaving New York once the sails were up, the magic was there. With a cooperative wind, full sails and speed of 15 knots, Tara moved away from Manhattan and saluted the Statue of Liberty in passing.

Depart de New York : Celine Bellanger : Tara expeditions5 Martin Hertau, Tara’s captain, and Nicolas Bin, first mate, at the “coffee grinder” © Céline Bellanger / Tara Expeditions Foundation

After this beautiful New York Bay crossing, the crew encountered an agitated ocean: heavy seas with troughs of more than 3 meters, and an especially unfavourable wind. With its rounded, rather flat hull, Tara adapts badly to headwinds and close-hauling. Everybody was shaken up and the less-experienced just had to grin and bear it.

Nina Goodrich, directrice de l’ONG Sustainable Packaging Coalition _ Celine Bellanger _ Fondation Tara ExpeditionsNina Goodrich, director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition © Céline Bellanger / Tara Expeditions Foundation

On the third day, the sea regained its calm and passionate discussions resumed on board. Several new team members had joined the schooner in New York, including Chris Bowler, Eric Karsenti and Emmanuel Boss, 3 scientists who have been involved in the Tara adventure for many years.

Others were aboard the schooner for the first time — Nina Goodrich, director of the NGO Sustainable Packaging Coalition (GreenBlue), and Henrick Anden of BillerudKornäs. Both are researching plastic pollution in the ocean.

Céline Bellanger

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09/25/18

Stopover in New York City

It’s been 3 days since Tara arrived in the United States after a 24-hour stopover in the Bahamas to avoid …

It’s been 3 days since Tara arrived in the United States after a 24-hour stopover in the Bahamas to avoid Hurricane Florence. After heading north, the schooner crossed the mythical New York  Bay and docked in North Cove Marina.

Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, the small port was a strategic place for Tara to welcome various delegations participating in negotiations on the Law of the High Seas at the UN. As customary at every port of call, visitors and school children came aboard to see the boat and talk with the crew.

Visite des representants des pays participants aux negociations sur la haute-mer a l'ONU - New York © Céline Bellanger - Tara Expeditions Foundation 1 Romain Troublé presenting Tara’s scientific project to representatives of several countries participating in the UN negotiations on the high seas © Céline Bellanger / Tara Expeditions Foundation

After several days of sailing offshore with only the horizon in view, the Taranauts were treated to a totally vertical landscape. In terms of height, the area around North Cove harbor is not lacking in spectacular buildings.

Among our neighbors, we could admire the famous World Trade Center, rising to a height of 540 meters on the site of the twin towers destroyed in 2001. Visually spectacular, this stopover was also a change of rhythm. Our return to one of the largest megalopoli in the world was marked by intense moments of meetings, discussions, and even reunions of old friends. For 4 days, Tara’s deck and main cabin were rarely empty.

School groups and visitors were greeted on deck by an enthusiastic crew, happy to share these last precious moments of exchange before leaving for Boston and the long transatlantic crossing. Tara also hosted official meetings with sponsors and partners to discuss current scientific projects and the   experiences of the recent months.

Visites scolaires a New York © Celine Bellanger - Tara Expeditions Foundation 2 Nicolas Bin, second captain, introducing Tara to school children © Céline Bellanger / Tara Expeditions Foundation

Finally, an entire afternoon was dedicated to welcoming a delegation of national representatives to the UN, here to participate in the negotiations on the Law of the High Seas. Tara has been working towards and anticipating this occasion for 10 years!  

Céline Bellanger

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09/19/18

Video : Return of the Tara Pacific expedition 2016-2018

On October 27th, 2018, the research schooner Tara will come back to its home port of  Lorient after a two-and-a-half …

On October 27th, 2018, the research schooner Tara will come back to its home port of  Lorient after a two-and-a-half year voyage in the Pacific Ocean. The expedition focused on the study of coral reefs – treasures of biodiversity today seriously threatened by global warming.

Sailors, scientists, artists and the entire Tara Expeditions Foundation team will have the pleasure of greeting you in Lorient to share this amazing scientific and human adventure that covered more than 100,000 km.

Find out more about the event

© Tara Expeditions Foundation : F. Aurat / V. Hilaire / M. Bardy / N. Pansiot / A. Roullin
© Pete West / Bioquest Studios – Tara Expeditions Foundation

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07/13/18

Tara Conquers the West: from Portland to San Diego

Tuesday, July 10, after welcoming aboard the employees of Billerudkorsnäs – a major sponsor of Tara for the past 3 …

Tuesday, July 10, after welcoming aboard the employees of Billerudkorsnäs – a major sponsor of Tara for the past 3 years – it’s time for Captain Yohann Mucherie to say goodbye. He’s been at the helm from Hong Kong to Portland and is now handing over the responsibility to Martin Hertau. Tara will depart from Portland with a small crew. Scheduled to follow the coast to San Diego, this will be a marine “conquest of the west” for the Tara crew. Full sails ahead!

Two oceanographers are aboard Tara: Aurélie Labarre and Guillaume Bourdin. The team of sailors is composed of Martin Hertau, captain, Nicolas Bin, first mate, Loic Caudan, chief engineer, Daniel Cron, chief deck officer, Jonathan Lancelot, dive master, and Sophie Bin, sailor/cook. With a small crew for this voyage, each person has his own cabin. What luxury!

Around 11:00 am, the moorings are pulled in. The schooner leaves the Portland dock and begins her descent of the Columbia River. The wind is not strong enough, so we use the engine. 10 hours later, at where the river meets the Pacific Ocean, Tara can finally spread her wings: the foresail, the mainsail and the staysail are hoisted! Tara is ready for her “conquest of the West”!

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Toutes voiles dehors, Tara navigue en direction de San Diego – © Maéva Bardy / Fondation Tara Expéditions

Navigating under full sail takes place smoothly, a feat for the 140-ton Tara. Tara advances at a speed of 10 knots, with peaks at 16 knots. At this steady pace, the schooner sails 250 nautical miles in one day (about 460 km). This is the highest speed recorded during Tara Pacific expedition. Using the HSN (High Speed Net) and Dolphin nets, the oceanographers took their first samples of water and plankton during the morning of July 11th.

The next morning, the sky was overcast and the sailors made a jibe while maintaining the boat at an average speed of 9 knots. The pace is now slower. As Tara resumes a cruising pace, everyone finds their normal rhythm: night shifts, delicious meals, siesta (so coveted!), moments of conviviality spent together, and of course – work!

Andréane Bellon de Chassy
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