Tara adapts to science The preparation of Tara Oceans is being carried out in close cooperation with the international scientists. The water samples collected in all worldwide oceans will enable the build-up of an invaluable database for the study of the biomass and the cell world. These samplings will be carried out in two different ways: - Firstly, and every other day, Tara will remain “in
The workers of the materialTara’s big aft mast, hoisted up by a 55 ton and 40 metre boom crane, is accurately positioned on the deck. After three week’s work on the rig, Tara, the proud polar schooner is recovering its travelling bird’s wings. To draw the sea gods’ favour, a coin is placed under the mast’s mainsail pad, an old tradition originating from the times of the sails
In the land of weldersThe dockyard area of Lorient, where we've now been staying for 3 weeks, is firstly the welders’ universe. Transporting all sorts of tools, copper pipes or aluminium bars, wearing leather vests which protect their blue overalls from the incandescent jets of solders, these workers look like knights come from ancient times. They are the real specialists of ship hulls
Chacun sa tâche pour un même but…Malgré la polyvalence des membres de l'équipage de Tara, chacun d'entre eux possède son domaine de prédilection et assume sa responsabilité dans la diversité du travail que représente le chantier avant une telle expédition.Ce sont les compétences, les expériences personnelles et collectives qui assurent la bonne marche des travaux. Certains, qui ont
In the whale’s bellyTara, out of the water, with her masts disassembled, is now completely empty. A look in the workshop and in the engines room shows the structural elements of the ship, usually hidden behind the various equipments. A thorough inspection of this aluminium monster’s entrails is carried out in all its lesser little corners in search of any corrosion points. Moreover, for good
Entrée dans le vif des travaux… Dans le fond de la darse de pêche, éclairé dans la nuit par les feux des énormes lampadaires de la zone technique, Tara est sorti délicatement de l’eau par les gigantesques bras de la grue de levage. La coque grise de la baleine rejoint alors son emplacement pour quelques semaines. Une fois le bateau calé sur les tins, les dérives et la chaîne
It was one year ago …A few miles away, behind a curtain of mist, is concealed the steep coast of Groix island. The weather is calm and the flat sea reflects the image of Tara’s bow. We cover the few miles left from the first buoys of the Lorient fairway. After 6 months of wandering along the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts and a 3 month stay on the Parisian quays, Tara is back at its
Tara on the Seine Large snow flakes driven by a cold wind covered the deck. Tara was covered by a thin snowy layer making manoeuvring through the sluices more dangerous. Going down the Seine, the schooner, with its masts resting on gantries, looks like a bird with its wings folded in a surrealist landscape. 20 years ago Tara took this river routes after being built not far from Paris at the
Tara in an exhibition on the Poles in BelgiumIf you missed the Paris Tara exhibition, you can still have an opportunity to discover part of Tara Arctic’s history, through the « Bipolar » exhibition at Brussels’ Atomium, from 29 January to 24 June 2009.On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Atomium and of the 1958 Universal Exhibition, Bipolar offers you an exchange of views on the
Tara in Paris: a success with schoolchildrenSince the 15th of November and until the 1st of February, the « Tara, voyage au cœur de la machine climatique » (Tara, voyage to the heart of the climatic machine) exhibition gives more than a fair share to the juniors.Each week during Tara’s stay in Paris, school visits are being held on Monday afternoons, Tuesday all-day and Friday mornings.These
Meanwhile on TaraThe crew puts to use the time while Tara stops in Paris in order to carry out tasks and works that cannot be undertaken during the expeditions or the time when the ship is sailing.Here are some examples of the works carried out:• Soon after the opening of the exhibition, we took out the port side rudder. With the help of a crane we placed it on the quay; it
A polar symphony during an arctic night on the Vagabond Christmas is here and the large snowflakes twirl about, slowly drifting down onto the ice field that surrounds us, covering the Vagabond in a white veil that reflects the dazzling beams of light from our head lanterns. The deep black night appears impenetrable in this period of winter solstice. The atmosphere is calm here in Inglefield bay,
Le mardi, Tara est réservé aux enfants Récit par Bruno Vienne, membre d’équipage de Tara lors de la dérive arctique. Tara pointe ses deux mats vers le ciel gris d’un novembre parisien. Une grue les avait redressés au début du mois. Désormais coincée entre le pont des Invalides et le pont Alexandre III, la goélette polaire est là, à côté des péniches, même si cela peut
THE EVENT « TARA IN THE HEART OF PARIS » IS CO-ORGANISED BY AGNES B AND THE PARIS CITY HALL From the 15th of November 2008 until the 18th of January 2009, the polar schooner Tara will be visible on the ‘port des Champs Elysées’, right bank of the pont Alexandre III. This exceptional presence will be accompanied by the exhibition “Tara, journey to the heart of the climate machine” that
HOW IS TARA GOING TO REACH PARIS?Tara is thus coming to Paris at the end of 2008, nearly twenty years after being born in the Paris suburbs.To reach Paris, Tara will have to cover 350 km of river waterways managed by the Voies Navigables de France, cross six different locks and go under 80 bridges. The major problem being Tara’s masts that are 27 meters high…The first bridge under which Tara
Tara is back in the Atlantic OceanTara is back in the Atlantic Ocean after spending two months on the Mediterranean sea. We received a most warm welcome in Monaco, Hyères, Embiez and in Marseille. Around 3000 school children and 2 800 persons were able to visit Tara and the travelling exhibition. Each one was able to realize what were the living conditions and work accomplished during the
Tara will be at the IUCN World Conservation CongressBarcelona, 5-14 October 2008More than 8,000 of the world’s leading decision makers in sustainable development: from governments, NGOs, business, the UN and academia. In one place for 10 days: to debate, share, network, learn, commit, vote and decide. The objective: ideas, action and solutions for a diverse and sustainable world. IUCN
Tara à Marseille Une exposition du 23 au 30 septembre Une exposition photographique retraçant l’histoire de la dérive arctique sera visible à la boutique agnès b. 31-33, Cours d Estienne d Orve, 13001 Marseille de 10h à 19h30 sauf le dimanche. De la route vers le Nord, à la prise en glace de Tara, de l’angoissante nuit polaire, à l’importante campagne scientifique en avril 2007
Tara on the Embiez IslandInvited by the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute, Tara will be on the Embiez Island from the 16th to the 23rd of September to tell story of her Arctic expeditionA photo exhibition that narrates the drift will be shown on the quays from the 17th to the 22nd of SeptemberFrom the journey up north to Tara’s being caught in the ice to the harrowing polar night to the
After her departure on August 11th from Lorient and after a short call on the isle of Yeu, Tara started her journey through the Mediterranean. Equipped with an oceanographic winch and a 3000 meter cable, we headed toward the Bay of Biscay and more precisely toward Cape Finistere. South-West winds did not make the gulf exit easy and the sea swell got the better of some untrained stomachs. A day
Putting back the oceanographic winchThe 10 first days of August were devoted to putting back the oceanographic winch We used this winch during the 16 month polar drift to make different types of soundings as well as taking water samples under the ice with the help of Nansen bottles.At the beginning of September, we shall make life-size tests of the next protocols and operations that we shall need
Bilan de trois semaines de navigation le long des côtes atlantiques Tara, au cours de ces trois semaines de navigation le long des côtes atlantiques, a laissé dans son sillage, bon nombre de souvenirs et de rencontres au gré des escales durant lesquelles s’installait notre chapiteau. De La Rochelle à Brest en passant par Camaret et les îles du Ponant telles que Hoedic et Yeu,
Tara in Brest from the 11th until the 17th of JulyFrom the powerful three masts to the modest dinghies, sailboats for work or leisure purposes, all the boats that carry a story and that testify to the maritime traditions of France, Europe and the rest of the world are expected in Brest. This is why Tara will partake in Brest 2008.On this occasion, a public screening of the 90 minute documentary
Tara at La Rochelle from the 24th to the 30th of JuneTara will be at La Rochelle from the 24th to the 26th of June in the context of Sunny Side of the doc (International documentary trade fair).For the occasion, a public showing of the 90 minute documentary “Tara, journey to the heart of the climate machine” will take place on Tuesday the 24th of June at 8 pm in the Auditorium of Encan. This
Installation of new energy saving devices on TaraBuilt 20 years ago by the SNC shipyard of Villneuve la Garenne in the Paris outskirts, the Tara schooner has also strived to be at the leading edge of progress. She often has been an experimental platform to test new energy saving devices. By the very nature of her design, with large square windows that accumulate heat from the sun, she has been
Secrets of the bubble roofBuilt to resist to the strong pressure exerted by the pack ice but also to the extreme cold conditions, Tara is greatly protected by isolation sheets of 20 cm and 10 cm air on the whole length and this above water level. The under parts do not need them because water is less cold than air and one must be able to control regularly the bottom that are subject to water
FINALLY IN THE WATER On Thursday morning, on the pontoon of the Sub Marine base of Lorient, one can distinguish the slender shaped trimarans in the mist. At the end of this floating pontoon at the opposite of these fine racers, the imposing massive Tara who has found her place once more since the 23rd of April, stands out. Her putting back in the water that was several times delayed is a
Tara will be at the submarine base on MondayAfter being treated, the rudders have been put back into place. Tara is now equipped with her governing apparatus for the propeller’s shafts have also been replaced. Her return into the water initially planned this week has been postponed a few days, which has enabled us to fine tune a few crucial details. On Monday, Tara will join once again the sub
COUNTDOWN BEFORE THE LAUNCHLast week’s sunny weather has enabled us to finish Tara’s careening.With the help of a spray gun, we succeeded in applying the different coats of epoxy that will protect the bottom of the hull (the part that is immersed) as well as antifouling that we applied as a last coat and that will prevent micro organisms like seaweed and seashells to cling to the hull. Under
Tara’s reservoir capacitiesLast week was devoted for a large part to the cleaning up of the fuel tanks. It was a tedious job. To enable you to understand we need to explain how many tanks we have onboard Tara and what their purposes are. The tank capacity of Tara is 26 tons of fuel, 7 tons of water, 22 tons of sea water for the ballasts, 3 tons of oil and 6 tons for used water that is
Tara: a hive of activityIn the humming of the high pressure water cleaner, activity is high onboard Tara. From 8 am to 7 pm, numerous professions work side by side to clean the boat that has returned from the Arctic a month ago. Here a welder, there a mechanic or a painter. Tara looks like a hive around which about twenty workers are working. Even if Tara behaved beautifully during her ice
RAINDROPS ARE FALLING ON LORIENT…Early morning on the careenage Kéroman of Lorient, the drizzle filters through the white light of the gantry crane that is delicately lifting Tara from her stands on which she was standing. Under the whale’s keel; in the midst of a cloud of steam and with deafening noise, two men are busy on the quick works of the ship. Equipped with a hose, they are spraying
The whale in the dryNearly two years after she was put in the water in the fishing port of Lorient in May 2006 to leave for the drift, Tara found herself once again on land in the same place“I have the felling of living the same thing backwards. The boat was lifted here with the same portico. Two years went by, very fast in fact”. These words are those of Grant Redvers the expedition leader a
Tara deglazing at KeromanThis not a question of deglazing tunafish or julienne but a removal of the glaze. This, because Korman is one of the largest fishing ports in Brittany. The flurry of cranes and of halyards has begun yesterday. From the whale’s bowels, the Tara team has discharged on the quay a total of twenty tons of material.The fishing department of Keroman had put to our disposal a
Tara : triomphant return to Lorient. There was a large crowd on Saturday afternoon under the sunshine to welcome Tara. First, a welcome on the water, since about thirty boats joyfully escorted the schooner into the harbour. Then a crowd in the port as 5000 people were standing on the quays to see the boat and its Taranauts. Onboard there were the crews of the Tara Arctic expedition, Etienne
Tara at PortsmouthIt was past eight o’clock when the sun rose this morning. A beautiful day welcomed us for our arrival in England in Portsmouth. On Tara’s deck, Charles Terrin and Audun Tholfsen were getting ready for the accosting to come. To fix once again with straps some plywood planks on the deck. To lower with Samuel Audrain the two main sails. To hoist the English flag and the ship
Tara has spread out her sailsThrough the great plexiglass portholes of the gangway, now open, we can see on the one side the mountain chain of the Lofoten islands and on the other side Norway with snowed peaks but steeper. The Lofoten mountains look pretty much like those of the Spitsbergen. This morning, a generous sun is shining on this part of Norway. In fact we talk about the sun amongst
Tara in the starting blocksTara is ready to go back to sea. The rigging was checked thoroughly. Yesterday Samuel Audrain (chief mechanic) and Grant Redvers (expedition leader) dove under the whale’s tummy. Aside from small impacts on the two propellers these are the ice blocks that slid under Tara during the passage of the ice-edge, the hull is intact. What a ship! After one year and a half of
The whale has found her wingsWe are Thursday. Little by little, the glimmers that are more and more persistent colour the sky of Longyearbyen in the middle of the day when the sun is at the zenith, above the horizon, for those who are in the proper latitudes. Above our beautiful country of France for instance.For us, Taraunauts, the return of the sun is not on the agenda yet. It will come back
Time to tidy upSince Monday we have resumed work. And we are not idle. 10 tons of material have been brought out from the whale’s tummy. Solar panels, vanes, generators and wind masts, tools for the ice, chain saw, cables, the snow mobile with which we would move around on the white planet. Non exhaustive list off course, yeti t does give an idea of the content. But also the kerosene drums that
Times to shareWe have touched land two days ago. And within these two days, so much has happened. Very positive things. First we met with the tara team. The Earth team joining the Sea team.I twas a simple moment but a very intense one. First we embraced warmly, the emotional warmth after the polar cold. Later that evening, a few hours after our arrival, there was singing and music. Not just any
Tara has touched land for the first- time in more than 500 days Thursday at 7h30 pm, Tara arrived in the port of Longyearbyen in the Spitsbergen by good weather in the permanent night that rules over 78°North at this time of the year. A few hours before, Etienne Bourgois, Tara Expéditions director and Jean-Claude Gascard, coordinator of the European scientific programme Damocles had joined
The Count down has been triggeredTara is a 100 miles away from Longyearbyen, the capital of Spitsbergen. We are currently moving at 8 knots. A speed we could not have imagined a few days ago. We have passed once again at the East of the Greenwich meridian. The « West Side Story », according to an expression dear to the expedition logistics director, Romain Troublé is thus over. Since Monday at
Tara between two worldsThe Greenland Sea is for the Tara crew members a decompression airlock. A decompression airlock before returning to civilization. The transition is taking place gently because the weather conditions are mild for the moment. The wind is weak and the sea is calm.The two onboard dogs Zagrey and Tiksi who would appreciate running around on the ice look at the sea from the deck,
Tara tired, Tara tossed around but Tara liberated !It is 5pm, Paris time, We are heading North in open water. The battle with the ice when to win sometimes 10 meters was a great victory is over. Tara gave a titanic battle during a whole day.Today toward noon, the ice-edge revealed little by little its face. The ice sheets were less and less numerous although the slalom still continued with a crew
One must deserve one’s freedomDuring the whole night of Sunday to Monday, Tara crew members took turns to make the ship move forward on the ice. Two watch teams made of four crew members. One between 9pm and 3 am, the other between 3 am and 9 pm. After moving gently during the beginning of the night, things got tense between 11 pm and 4 in the morning. Luckily, the full moon was there to guide
Tara on the way to open water!Before writing this kind of log, we know that the information it contains is the stuff that makes history. January 20th is a date to remember in the history of this Arctic drift, one century after Nansen. After more than 500 days of drift, voluntarily prisoner of the ice, today Tara has set toward open water.At lunch time, Tara’s captain, Hervé Bourmaud,
Tara danse l’arlésienneSortira. Sortira pas. Et un pas en avant et deux pas en arrière. C’est exactement le jeu que Tara joue avec la glace et l’océan depuis trois semaines. Nul ne sait quand cette danse avec la banquise se finira.Hier, la glace faisait un pas en avant se disloquant en silence après le déjeuner. Pendant ce temps là pousser par le vent d’est, la baleine mettait elle
Chronicle of time passingPolar night is a school of patience in itself. In the dark when there is no moon, one cannot wander far from the boat, and picks up carefully the proper moment to venture on a stable ice. When the storm is raging, one waits wisely in the whale’s tummy for more clement times.The appropriate moments are used to the fullest to fulfil all sorts of tasks. But at this
The whale takes a step toward her returnThis is the information of the day and of the week. Today, Saturday, with very mild temperatures that were barely negative, the Tara crew managed to put back one of the two rudders indispensable for her navigation. It was not easy to do so. The whole crew of ten persons was necessary with a whole day of work, each person being dedicated to one precise task
The whale in the swellThe whale ? Our most assiduous readers know that this is Tara’s nickname. Last night, the whale swam in a strong South East swell. Between one and two meters. Difficult to tell. Great fathom ! Full of ease and strength.Even for onboard experienced sailors, it was difficult to evaluate the height of the water at the top of the ridges. It is not an easy feat under the ice.
A few glimmers of lightIn the past few days as the moon has declined loosing a good quarter, we can often notice toward the middle of the day some lights. Today it was day light as the movie directors call it. No more artificial light. As we descend toward the South, still going along the Greenland coast line, sunrays little by little are piercing our horizon.I find myself thinking about the
Inspection from the bottomAfter having been submitted to the pack ice assaults due to strong winds, the weather has calmed down and there is a beautiful full moon.A welcome rest in order to assess the ice hull’s evolution that has been under Tara for more than a year.The team is well trained for this. In less than an hour, the pit is open, a spot light brings lights into the zone, the team that
The Paris headquarters in expectationPosition :Rue Dieu, Paris, France.48°52’ 13 Nord2° 21’ 54 EstWhile Tara is stretching slowly but surely out of her bed of ice, the land team is impatient to find out when the “taranautes” will return to land. For the past month, Romain Troublé, logistics director of the expedition has been drawing one exit plan after the other. This morning at
Merry ChristmasAs an Arctic blizzard rages outside the festive season is in full swing inside the warm cocoon of Tara. We kicked off the celebrations last night with Vincent’s birthday. This party included a rousing performance by ‘Asterix and Obelix’ (aka Vincent and Herve LeGoff ) inspired by the fact that Herve LeGoff is called Asterix aboard (you can see why in the photos) to avoid
Since the debacle this week and after a night of total calm, a ruthless struggle seems to have begun between Tara and the ice. Today and particularly now as I am writing, the walls of my cabin are resonating with huge continuous pressure. Attacks are following one another, the whole cabin is shaking and Tara is moving at the same time. It is really impressive and I am weighing my words. The whole
The ice broke Just before lunch today the moment we have been preparing for arrived, the ice broke! With a series of low pressure systems tracking up from Iceland we have been expecting, and anxiously waiting, to see some signs of our approach towards the ice edge and open sea. Last night we got our first hint of what was to come, slight banging sounds below Tara that were enough to wake some of
The fascinating 79th latitudeThis morning, the sky is incredibly clear. All the stars of our system can be seen. The Milky Way is highlighted. I needn’t mention the plough, the Orionides, Cassiopeia. At the moment, one can go further in the details, Capricornus, the coach driver, Cygnus and her cross, the dragon, the lyre, the Square of Pegasus. These names, this visibility, and these auroras
30 miles away from the ice edgeLatest satellite charts show that we are now less than 30 miles away from the ice edge, 30 miles away from being liberated into open sea again after our icy voyage of almost one and a half years. Although there is a possibility that we will continue to drift parallel to the ice edge along the coast of Greenland, we could equally be flushed out with the next storm.
The ice’s evolution under the boatWe have gone underwater again last week to film the scientific experiments (CTD/Nansen bottles).We took advantage of this to make our routine check.The ice from underneath has been evolving fast these past days. Indeed, despite the temperatures still quite low of winter, our drift toward the south will take us out of the Arctic basin to meet with the Atlantic
Tara in the FramThat is it. It can be told. Just judging from our speed, we are in the Fram Strait. Even with a slight wind from the North, even though we have not encountered any storms in the past days, Tara is sliding with the ice at about half a knot. The weather is quite mild now and the pack ice is broken on the starboard side. A lake of salty water in which the moon was reflected yesterday
Pensées des glaçons pour le Salon !Il est 07H21, heure de Paris, quand je vous écris ces quelques lignes. J’ai pris mon quart à 4H00 ce matin. Tout est calme. Tara dort profondément comme tous ces équipiers. Il y a quelques minutes, je faisais une inspection du pont et de la glace alentour. Le ciel est étoilé, il n’y a pas un nuage, et la demi-lune éclaire la banquise à perte de
Rangement sur TaraComme personne aujourd’hui ne peut prévoir précisément la fin de la dérive de Tara, l’équipage met les bouchées doubles. Depuis plusieurs semaines le pont, les soutes avant et arrière sont en chantier permanent. Pour le pont, c’est quand le temps le permet.En l’espace de deux mois l’ensemble du camp a été rapatrié sur le bateau, les stocks de kérosène pour
Like a plane…without rudder planesSince the beginning of this storm, Tara pushed by Northern winds is heading south.Wind gusts up to 50 knots have blown in our area these past days. Today as I am writing comfortably seated in the gangway, there is a permanent buzz outdoors. 32,4 knots on the anemometer set at the head of the mast. In simple terms, it is quite nasty.The wind has made an
A dive in the deep darkness in the land of the polar nightEvery morning, the holes in the ice that are used to accomplish scientific experiments are reopened. Indeed, one night is sufficient for an ice sheet of 10 to 20 centimetres to form and obstruct the access to the holes.Yet this morning, the objective was different!Through these same holes, we must go down to the bottom to see the evolution
Will little dawn grow up?This morning around 7oclock, the entire crew was outdoors on the ice. An icy polar cold. And a breathtaking celestial sight. The great plough off course, the northern star, its roomate in the sky. All of this at the risk of having a neck ache. Once could also spot the Pleiades, Cassiopeia, Cygnus and the Lyra constellation.But there was something more unusual and this is
Once upon a time in the wild WestLast time that Tara found herself West of the Greenwich meridian, the boat was heading toward Oslo in Norway and had left the West by the Channel sea. This was in August 2006.Since then, Tara and her crew had never crossed the Greenwich meridian again. This morning at 11h16 GMT (12h16 pm Paris time), Tara came back to the West. At present, the polar schooner is
The ice awakens11h15 pm last night. A group is finishing a game of tarot in the wardroom. Before going to bed, I go out to relieve myself. In the distance I hear repeated muffled sounds. Is it a bear? The dogs? No, the dogs are tied up. I warn those who are smoking a cigarette on the deck. Four persons listen to these noises. They sound like something is rubbing, something is being pressed, and
Mémoire de glaceLa glace a-t-elle de la mémoire ? Vous me répondrez avec bon sens, qu’il n’y a que les êtres dotés d’un cerveau qui ont cette faculté. C’est vrai mais je vous assure que comme la terre et ses plissements, la glace a pourtant de la mémoire.Il y a un an « l’île » de glace, en anglais « le floe », sur lequel Tara s’était amarré pour la dérive, se
On skis by night on pack ice The weather was very nice last Sunday. In polar language, this means currently no wind, a visibility greater than 200 meters, and a clear night. As the weather is mild and Sunday is our day off, why not take a stroll on the pack ice?In polar language, taking a stroll on the pack ice can take different meanings: to carry a frontal lamp and perhaps a back pack. One
Tara: “an engine cut out for the ice”If there’s a part of Tara that fascinates, apart from the large living area, it’s the engine room. One third of the polar schooner is filled with all sorts of engines. Simply because unlike a normal sailboat, a polar sailboat has to be more self-sufficient permanently producing its own power.A figure that speaks for itself: Tara can stock 50.000 litres
« I will survive » !Even though Tara has her 400th day of the drift in her sights, it’s not a reason to forget about safety measures. Since the last rotation, each crew member had to verify or prepare his survival kit. In case of evacuation, this name-tagged plastic bag is already on deck. It generally contains a down jacket, warm trousers, a hat and sometimes polar mittens.But in case of a
Last rays of sunFor Tara’s crew, Saturday night meant something special: it was the last rays of the sun before the polar night. The party was held in the security tent, multicolored balloons were inflated with Helium, a long table was set and the dogs were even invited inside.To protect the hearth of the barbecue, with the help of Marion, the ingenious Audun had constructed a snow wall, like
There would be no « Tara Arctic » without technical partners.Tara’s expedition partners have been chosen carefully and have one common denominator: their products should be tough enough to support the extreme conditions of the cold.Any sailor, be it a professional or an amateur, knows the brand: Sika. On Tara, the black Sika is nearly used everywhere for its sealant properties. The portholes
The ice keel below TaraWith the rotation completed we now have a new team for the coming winter. Joining us are Ellie Ga, an artist from New York, French journalist Vincent Hilaire, Russian science technician Aleksande r Petrov and another Herve (LeGoff) who is responsible for managing the Damocles programme aboard.Our initial days together have been preoccupied with safety briefings, firearms
Discovery of the pack ice: the expected shockThe Twin Otter left Longyearbyen this morning for the second rotation at 10h30. After flying along the white peaks of the Spitzberg Mountains for hundreds of kilometres, a continuous sight, the plane entered into the fog. The four passengers dozed off, lulled by the hum of the twin-engined plane.Two hours later, the first “ice blocks” appeared
A bit more to wait before the second rotationThis morning, after another day of wait in Longyearbyen, the Twin Otter did not take off. From the very first assessment done at 8h00, weather conditions near Tara were not satisfactory. Today the temperature was barely minus1°C on the ice like in the Massif Central! During the daytime, temperatures will become positive, it could even rain! The
Longyearbyen...first rotation launch Last wednesday morning, the good news came out. The first rotation with Tara was going to take place. Since yesterday, the Twin Otter was waiting on the Longyearbyen airport runway. The tanks had been filled and all the refueling, a total of 340 kg, was well distributed in the cabin. But the weather conditions were not statisfactory. Fog, wind, rain,
Rotation tomorrow Three days ago everything was ready for the rotation, runway finished, cabins cleaned and bags packed. After two busy weeks preparing three potential runway zones and packing up cargo to be sent out this week, today we are on stand-by as a warm front passes through, bringing with it strong wind, rain and poor visibility. As we have already seen with the April rotation earlier
The preparation for the rotationThe preparation for the rotation continues and the runway is still our priority. Our choice is not definite and we have two options.The polar bears wondered off at the beginning of the week. Too bad, we were just getting used to each other. Zagrey’s paw is cured and the stitches have been removed this afternoon. His injury is an old story now. The dogs returned
Under the auspices of bears!On Saturday, two bears, most probably a mum and her cub, paid us a visit. They were kind enough to stay around for a while allowing us to take pictures. Alas, we had to chase them away for our own safety. After a few attempts, we frightened them so much that they remained 300m away from the boat for the week end! There were other short visits. Some that we noticed, but
The final countdown has started. We are now focused on searching a runway for September’s rotation. This rotation will allow exchanging part of the crew, but more importantly, the delivery of some vital spare parts for our oceanographic winch. To be able to land with a Twin Otter, we need to find a landing ice strip of minimum 400m long, 25m wide and 1m thick. This surface should be as flat
We were speculating for a week if Oden would be close enough for flying too us. Due to their safety regulations they have a very limited range for flying with there helicopter. The fact that Tara did her third fastest week since the beginning of the drift, and that Oden altered its course slightly, they ended up 30 nautical miles away. This was close enough. Saturday night they called from Oden
AutumnThere is a change in the air at Tara Ice Camp this week. A heavy wind arriving from the north has brought with it fresh snowfall and a strange feeling that something is about to happen. It is the rapid onset of autumn, signalling that winter is not too far beyond the horizon. While autumn at lower latitudes is observed by the gradual transformation of deciduous trees into every shade of red
Let's make a brief summary on our life aboard.The rigging is ready (at least as ready as we can make it before the winter), the base surroundings and the deck are tidy, the interior and the engine room as well. On the science side, a few of our experiments are temporarily ‘out of action’ and those that remain do not occupy everyone. We therefore have a bit of time on our hands for a few
Visit of the Russian Deep Sea High Latitude ExpeditionA few days ago we received a message from Arthur Chilingarov, the Representative for the President of the Russian federation for the International Polar Year. He is also the Expedition Leader for the Russian Deep Sea High Latitude Expedition. This expedition sent two submarines to the sea bed at the North Pole late last week, to a depth of
The Arctic pack iceSummer in the Arctic means water, and lots of it. With the temperature hovering around zero and sometimes rising as high as +2˚C the sea ice is now going through its seasonal transformation. During the winter the Arctic pack reaches a maximum area of 13 million km2, completely freezing from the Russian coast to Canada. In the summer, as the ice melts, this area reduces to
11th July 2007 - One year of expedition !Position: 88˚06’N, 52˚18’ECourse and Speed: SW, 0.3 knotsWind: N, 15 knotsVisibility: Moderate, overcast, passing rainDaylight hours: 24 hours / day Sea Ice: Some movement in surrounding ice fracturesAir Temperature: -0.4˚CWater Temperature: -1.7˚COne year has passed since we left Lorient, France on 11th July 2007. Many miles have passed under our
10 July 2007 Position: 88˚13’N, 057˚43’E Course and Speed: North West, 0.2 knots Wind: South East, 9 knots Visibility: Moderate, overcast Daylight hours: 24 hours / day Sea Ice: Some movement in surrounding ice fractures Air Temperature: 0˚C Water Temperature: -1.7˚C Tuesday’s EM31 scientific outdoor activity has been canceled due to the breakdown of the measurement instrument. Sam,
300th day of the drift, 1st day of rain and some unexpected visitors.As we were finishing dinner last night with a fine lemon meringue pie Minh Ly asked for silence, “listen, what’s that noise?” With 20 knots of wind outside we initially brushed it off as singing in the rigging. “No listen”, she insisted. This time we accepted that there was an unfamiliar thumping sound. Drawn by this
The Estonian National DayOn the 23rd of June we celebrated the Estonian National Day, the day of their victory in the “Freedom War” and the day they celebrate the arrival of summer. We woke up to the delightful smell of the brunch. Thanks to a magnificent coordination between Marion and Grant we found on the table bagels, crepes, cake, jam followed closely by the typical bacon, sausages and
The bear is not farIt was with excitement that we discovered polar bear tracks near Tara yesterday. Huge paw prints in the snow indicating signs of life, passing visitors searching for their next meal, seeing but unseen. Undertaking the weekly tour of the seismometer stations, Timo, Jean and I were surprised to see that someone (or something) had already made the round, attempting to download two
The wind generator is upThe wind generator is up and running! It has taken time, skills and experience and as Grant said, “it is the new tree in our garden”. The first part of the construction was to create a wooden base where the mast would stand and to burry the legs of this base into the ice. We then assembled the mast and the leverage arm and set the stays that would finally hold the mast
Bears are not so farAs mentioned in a previous log, two birds decided to pay us a little visit: a snow bunting that we nicknamed Bruno as Audun, the Norwegian, cannot pronounce Bruant (the French for bunting) and a seagull. It was quite fun to see the snow bunting playing with Tiksi (the younger dog) who had never seen a bird. For two days, every time Tiksi wanted to sleep, the bird came closer
Today the temperature was only -4˚CTime seems to be passing very fast on Tara. Winter is almost a distant memory now as the temperature continues to rise and the sea ice transform from winter concrete into summer ‘slush’. Today the temperature was only -4˚C, the warmest we have experienced since last September. At this temperature it was actually too hot this morning for digging snow that
It is time to leave…We saved the tractor but it was a close call. The idea was to evacuate the surroundings of runway n°2 that was collapsing everywhere. Gamet, duly dressed with a survival suit in case anything should go wrong got down to work but the 3, 5 ton machine got the better of the ice pieces’ instability. In a minute, the essential tractor that is used to make the runways, tipped
At 1am this morning a large fracture formed in the sea ice in the vicinity of Tara and the scientific camp. Extending east west for a few kilometers this opening has cut our precious runway in two. Luckily the Twin Otter aircraft that was parked at one end had enough distance to take off, heading for the security of Station North in Greenland with three scientists aboard, leaving 23 people on
The air-dropping At last, the air-dropping that was hoped for has taken place, yesterday at 6 pm after 20 days of negotiation and waiting.Yesterday, at the end of the morning, the weather conditions appeared favourable to an air-dropping during the day with little wind and good visibility. Hence, Grant gave the signal for the Russian pilot who was in stand by in Murmansk to take off.At the end of
The air-dropping has finally occurredAll the pallets have fallen in the right place, the tractor is operating and the runway can be finished so that our DC3 can land as soon as possible.At the beginning of the evening (a figure of speech as daylight is permanent here), there was heavy snow fall over Tara. Snow that began to swirl hardly one half hour after the parachuting and could have made it
Air-dropping once again postponedThe air-dropping of equipment necessary to the April mission on the Tara polar base and of supplies for the months to come has not yet taken place.After bureaucratic complications, the Tara team has faced constraints linked to the weather. Indeed, a depression settled in over the North Pole and its surroundings since last Friday provoked the longest storm that
On stand-byAfter two weeks working hard to prepare our runway in time for the period of scientific activity over the next couple of weeks, we are now on stand-by as a large storm rages outside. Forecast to last throughout the weekend, we are currently experiencing wind up to 45kts and very poor visibility. While we concentrate on inside jobs and cross our fingers that the ice remains stable
Bad wheatherIt is snowing, it is snowing on Longyearbyen and this gloomy weather resembles our mood. The bureaucratic problems are getting solved and the air dropping of equipment necessary to enlarge the runway seems to take shape.Yet, things appear to go so slowly when we are so close to our goal. Life is organising itself. On board, the crew is arranging the runway as best as possible and
A teamWe are in Svalbard. The “we” represents a strong team made of sailors, scientists, movie makers, photograph, pilots. Jean, Romain, Etienne, Francis, Eric, Hélène, Michaël and Philippe,…“We” covers the three navigators who have left the boat, Denys, Hervé, Bruno and who arrived at home in France last Wednesday.“We” represents also those who took off on the DC3 toward Tara
Last news from LongyearbyenIn the past ten days we have been stuck in Svalbard, waiting for the DC3 supposed to take us on Tara by 87 ° North to take off. Tara is 1400 km away from us, a distance that the DC3 can cover in four hours.Off course, to reach Tara is not an easy feat, but the funny thing is that the difficulty is not due to technical problems, these have been solved, nor because of
Log from LongyearbyenIt is seldom that expeditions do not have waiting periods. These vacuous moments when time is suspended leads one to be modest and patient.Tara is no exception to the rule. The team in charge of the crew relief has been becalmed for a few days in Spitzberg.The crew relief has been postponed. This operation planned for a long time had been carefully prepared during the whole
Last night we passed 86˚40’N, in doing so beating the furthest position north of the SEDOV, the Russian vessel that involuntarily drifted to a position of 86˚39’ in 1939. It is a record that we have not yet celebrated as we have been preoccupied for the last few days leveling a runway. A difficult job at the best of times, this task has been made more challenging by the fact that we have
We are now experiencing permanent daytime with the sun above the horizon more than 12 hours per day. This light makes our work a lot easier as we prepare for a the month of April and the arrival of Etienne Bourgois, Tara management, 20 scientists, journalists. As our ice camp takes shape Tara is starting to resemble a small ski resort. One of our big jobs in the coming weeks is the levelling of a
First sunAfter 141 nights the sun has finally returned !!! Last seen above the horizon on 17 October 2006, yesterday morning for a few fleeting seconds we received the first direct rays. This morning we were better able to see the disc of the sun to our south for 20 minutes around 8am (corresponding to midday meridian time). Although the sun is still one degree below the horizon, an optical trick
Monday 5th March we passed the point furthest north achieved by the Fram (85˚56’N) and broke the imaginary line in the ice marking 86 degrees north. In doing so, we have gained the record for the most northerly position reached by a sailboat in history. Although large ice breakers can now motor all the way to the pole, the only boat to have previously drifted further north and survived is the
Most northerly than the FRAM !Conditions have closed in again over the last few days plunging us back into winter darkness. With a consistent 30 – 35 knots blowing from the south west since 3 March we have been experiencing horizontal snow and overcast skies. Tara is also once again engulfed in a mountain of snow, promising to provide a few hours at the end of a shovel when the wind abates.
A new boost of energyAfter almost three weeks of bad weather we awoke this morning to a crystal clear dawn and razor sharp horizon. Around 9am the sky was illuminated with all the colours of the spectrum, a crescent moon hanging in the ink blue void overhead. The light and colour is a veritable pleasure for us to see and worthy compensation after these months of darkness. At its peak the glow
This afternoon, after four months with no other sign of life on the ice, Bruno entered the saloon excitedly with news of a polar bear sighting. Climbing onto a pressure ridge beside Tara a large bear passed within a few meters of the boat, departing rapidly once we were all on deck with cameras and spotlights. Unfortunately we were not fast enough to take a photo. This sighting, the first since
The glow has increasedIn the last three days the glow has significantly increased, illuminating a blue sky and sharpening the horizon indicating that direct rays from the sun are not too far away.Life aboard has slowed down a bit over the last couple of weeks due to a large storm and the resulting ice movement restricting our activities. We have also and a problem with our depth sounder,
On watchEvery night, from 11pm to 7am we have someone on watch. With eight of us on board this equates to two hours night watch every second night. We undertake this watch to ensure general safety on board and to keep a close eye on the ice and weather conditions and scientific material on the ice. During each watch we make a round of Tara, checking the heating system, temperature throughout the
Last Saturday afternoon we passed 85 degrees north, the last circle of latitude marked on our chart before the North Pole.When plotting our position I had the impression of entering into a forbidden zone. This milestone is one that few vessels have passed before us, only ice breakers, Nansen on the Fram and the Russian vessel Sedov, and now Tara! And what a crossing of the line it was! Engulfed
Le banyaHaving spent a great part of his life in Siberia, Gamet wished to have us sample this tradition coming from the Great North. After checking on the wood stock remaining on board, Gamet put himself to work on a huge enterprise: to build a sauna on the boat’s deck by temperatures ranging between minus 30° to 40°. He had to dismantle metallic structures, unsolder them then weld them again
We are now enjoying the last period of complete darkness as the end of the polar night approaches. Next week the moon returns, after which we will start to see the welcome return of the sun during the month of February. The transition from permanent night to 24 hour daylight is rapid, by late March we will once again be living in the land of the midnight sun. Already we can see a barely
Good water, good life. This phrase of Sir Peter Blake’s communicates in a nutshell the philosophy of environmental awareness. Before his tragic loss on the shores of the Amazon River 5 years ago, 6th Dec 2001, he had embarked on an ambitious programme of expeditions, to draw attention to global environmental issues. After sailing to Antarctica and mounting the Amazon with Seamaster, he was
An important daily task for us is the production of water. After a period of sharing this responsibility, we have found our on board specialist. With many years experience working in Russian drifting ice stations, including a number of winters, Victor is the master of this demanding job. We have two water reservoirs, one for drinking water and the other for washing water. Drinking water is made
Position: 82°39’N, 136°08’E Course and Speed: NW, 0.1 knots Wind: SE, 10 knots Sea Ice: Slight movement Visibility: Moderate, cloudy sky Phase of moon: New moon Air Temperature: -13°C Water Temperature: -1.5°C Since Saturday afternoon we have been racing against the clock. After finishing drilling a new hole behind the boat for the CTD
74th day of drift. Position: 82?28’N, 136?57’E Course and Speed: W, 0.1 knots Wind: NE, 30 knots Sea Ice: Stable Visibility: Moderate, blowing snow Moon: Not visible Air Temperature: -15°C Water Temperature: -1.5°CThis morning after a night of wind and blowing snow, Tara, with her constant list to port side and snow drifts mounting onto the
As we continue to organise our life on board for the long polar night ahead, a constant preoccupation is the production, use and discharge of water. Ensuring that we have a sufficient amount of good quality water for our basic needs is a big task for at least two people each day. Like most large boats, we have a watermaker onboard that makes freshwater from seawater through the process of
With the approaching polar night we took advantage of the last rays of sunshine yesterday to have a small picnic and bid farewell to the sun. Rugby, petanque and vodka (representing the three nationalities on board) provided ample activity to keep us warm in the ever decreasing temperatures. Although the sun no longer rises above the horizon we still have a few weeks of diminishing twilight
Position: Drifting, 81?21’N, 145?08’E Course and Speed: North, 0.5 knots Wind: SE, 5-10 kts Sea Ice: Compact dynamic pack, some pressure ridges. Visibility: Average Sunrise: 0600 Sunset:1600 Cloud Cover: 8/8 Air Temperature: -8?C Water Temperature: -1.5?CThe days are rapidly becoming shorter and shorter as the polar night approaches. Our
Position: Drifting, 81°11.7’N, 147°47.4’E Course and Speed: ESE, 0.3kts Wind: SE, 0 – 5 kts Sea Ice: Broken pack with new ice on pools Visibility: Excellent Sunrise: 0645 Sunset: 1708 Cloud Cover: 3/8 Air Temperature: -7?C Water Temperature: -1?C Everyday for us is punctuated by an event that makes the moment memorable. Today was
Wind: S, 25 knotsSea Ice: Broken pack, some open poolsVisibility: Average, poor when snowingDaylight hours: 0500 – 1800hrsCloud Cover: 8/8Air Temperature: 0?CWater Temperature: -1?CYesterday we got to see another side of the Arctic icescape, the sun casting subtle shadows on the jumble of small pressure ridges and hummocks around the boat. We made good use of the favorable weather window,
Position: Drifting, 80?45’N, 145?17’EWind: SW, 15 knotsSea Ice: Consolidated pack ice, some open waterVisibility: AverageDaylight hours: 0500 – 2000hrCloud Cover: 8/8Air Temperature: 0°CWater Temperature: -1°C Another day has passed on Tara with a grey sky overhead. ‘High’ temperatures and high humidity have resulted in the formation of a layer of rime ice on the rigging. The ice
Position: Moored in the Arctic ice pack, 80?27’N, 141?56’EWind: 20 knotsSea Ice: Small pack with areas of open waterVisibility: AverageCloud Cover: Cloudy, 8/8Air Temperature: -6?CWater Temperature: -1?CThe last couple of days have been very fruitful. After the storm and ice ‘break-up’ we have been working around the clock to recover material. Tonight wetook stock of our findings and the
Position: Moored in the Arctic ice pack, 80?03’N, 143?44’EWind: ENE, 20 knotsSea Ice: StableVisibility: AverageCloud Cover: Cloudy, 8/8Air Temperature: -1°CWater Temperature: -1°CToday was our first “day off” in a long time! After a hectic week we took the time today to have a sleep in, relax a little bit and take the time to appreciate our back garden, a seemingly unlimited expanse of
Day 3, Tara Arctic ice camp, the work continues in the land of the midnight sun. With the chance of settled weather conditions we have progressed well in the preparation of Tara and the installation of the camp in the last two days. Romain and Bernard continue to distribute fuel drums and prepare the helicopter landing pad, the two Herves have successfully installed and tested the CTD sound, and
Yesterday we were finally liberated from Tiksi. After some prayers to the weather gods for good flying conditions and an anxious day of discussing various options for the expedition, we received the long awaited for customs officer late in the afternoon. Three hours later, passports stamped and farewells said we dropped the lines, an action that not only released us from Siberia but
Portrait d’agnès b sur France 5 vendredi soir
Découvrez le portrait de la créatrice, partenaire majeur de Tara Expéditions.
Convaincue que les initiatives privées doivent se multiplier pour faire avancer les choses, agnès b. apporte son soutien à de nombreuses associations et organisations à but social, environnemental ou humanitaire. agnès b. est le partenaire majeur de Tara Expéditions. Très sensible au destin de la planète, elle soutient les projets du bateau et ses expéditions depuis ses débuts.
Résumé du documentaire
Un « a » pour un parti pris minimaliste, et un « b », pour l’initiale du père de ses deux garçons. Agnès b, ou celle qui a dédramatisé la mode, inventé la « no mode », des vêtements génériques nés de la sophistication de la simplicité. Serge July a suivi Agnès dans sa « factory » de la rue Dieu à Paris, où elle conçoit et centralise toutes ses activités, dans ses voyages, dans la fabrication de ses collections et dans quelques-unes de ses passions. Il en a fait « Agnès de A à B », un documentaire pour la collection « Empreintes » de France 5, qui sera diffusé le vendredi 17 avril à 20h35, puis le dimanche 19 avril à 08h55.
Projection de Prisonniers volontaires de la banquise dans le 12ème à Paris
La diffusion aura lieu le vendredi 03 avril à 20h au centre d’animation Montgallet. La projection sera suivie d’un débat avec Bruno Vienne, réalisateur à bord de Tara lors de sa dérive arctique.
L’entrée est gratuite mais il est conseillé de réserver:
4 passage Stinville, Paris 12 – M° Montgallet (ligne 8)
Tara, and the sustainable development week
Tara, and the sustainable development week
Within the framework of the sustainable development week, to be held from 1st to 7th of April next, the 90-minute film « Tara, a trip to the heart of the climatic machine » shall be shown in several boroughs of the Parisian area and at Pontivy in Bretagne.
On 1st of April, at 20:30 pm.
At the Rex cinema, within the framework of the documentaries and full length films on the sustainable development film festival.
NEUILLY SUR SEINE
On Friday, 3rd of April at
After the film, a debate shall take place in the presence of Denys Bourget, Tara’s onboard doctor during her drift in the Arctic.
Within the framework of the 2 Meetings at Sèvres, placed under the sign of the «sustainable development», the film shall be shown on Saturday, 4th of April at 16:00 pm. After the film, a debate shall take place in the presence of Christian de Marliave, scientific coordinator of the Tara Arctic expedition.
Another projection of the film is foreseen for Sunday, 5th of April at 10:30 am.
Nautical Park of île de Monsieur
4, Avenue de Saint Cloud
The organisation of the sustainable development Week is guided by the Ministry of sustainable Development.
Tara aux escales polaires à Mâcon
Les 27, 28 et 29 mars 2009 se tiendra à Mâcon le salon national de la philatélie placé sous le signe des pôles.
Dans ce cadre plusieurs évènements sont organisés :
Vendredi 15 h : Les recherches réalisées en Antarctique sur le climat et l’environnement de la planète par Claude Lorius de l’Académie des sciences
Samedi 15 h : Expédition Tara Arctic 2006-2008 par un membre de l’expédition TARA
Samedi 16 h 30 : La présence française en Arctique des origines à 1968 par Serge Kahn de l’Académie européenne de philatélie
Dimanche 15 h : Histoire des TAAF des origines à 1956 par Pierre Couesnon de l’Académie européenne de philatélie
Et six expositions dont une sur la philatélie polaire
De 10h à 18h au Parc des expositions
Avenue Pierre Bérégovoy - 71000 Mâcon
Exposition Tara à Helsinki
Exposition Tara à Helsinki
L’exposition présente la vie sur le navire « Tara » lors de son voyage arctique consacré à la recherche dans le milieu polaire. Les 35 photos de Françis Latreille, photographe français, décrivent l’océan glacial Arctique, l’une des régions les plus fragiles et isolées du monde. Elle sont exposées à l’Institut finlandais de météorologie.
Le voyage arctique de « Tara » s’est inscrit dans le projet scientifique européen DAMOCLES, prenant place dans l’Année Polaire Internationale (API) mars 2007-mars 2009. Ilmatieteen laitos, l’Institut finlandais de météorologie, participe au projet DAMOCLES dont l’objectif est d’étudier et comprendre le changement climatique. Réalisée à l’initiative de l’ambassade de France en Suède, et en collaboration entre les ambassades de France, l’exposition a vocation à être présentée dans les pays nordiques.
Exposition ouverte au public du 25/03 au 24/04/2009. Entrée gratuite.
Lundi, mardi, jeudi, vendredi de 8h à 16h30. Mercredi de 8h à 18h.
Ilmatieteen laitos, Dynamicum, Erik Palmènin aukio 1, Helsinki.
Tara in Biarritz
Du 1er avril au 31 décembre, l'exposition "Tara un oeil sur le climat arctique" sera visible au Musée de la mer à Biarritz.
Cette exposition est le Journal de bord de l'expédition de Tara en Arctique. Elle est constituée de photographies de Francis Latreille et d'explication sur les résultats scientifiques obtenus et sur l'Océan Arctique
Plateau de l Atalaye
Entrée face au Rocher de la Vierge, 64200 Biarritz
“Terre !” , on 7, 8 and 9 March 2009 in Lorient, sustainable development and solidarities exhibition
The sustainable development concerns all our daily aspects. The stakes, to be understood by everyone, must be presented in a game-like manner and the “Terre ! 2009” exhibition proves it: Films, cartoons, graphic novels, musical tales for children, wandering imagination, exhibition photos, schoolchildren’s day and so on, shall mark this 4th edition. Without forgetting the 15 workshop-debates destined both for the general public and the professionals, the free projection of the Arctic Tara expedition film and the inauguration conference given by Susan George on the current crisis.
Création du Club Tara Junior !
Depuis quelques jours vous avez pu remarquer un nouvel onglet sur le
site : le Club Tara Junior.
Ce nouveau Club s'adressant aux jeunes de 6 à 18 ans des avantages aux adhérents passionnés par les
aventures de Tara et des Taranautes. Rejoignez nous !
Inside Tara as you could be !
Here is a panoramic shot of the photographer Erwan Barbey-Chariou of the agency 360ouest of Tara’s interior in Lorient on the 3rd of March.
Scientific balance sheet
The New York artist, Ellie Ga, who is onboard Tara since last September has her blog on the New York Alliance Française website.
She studied at the Alliance Française before she left for the Arctic.
Link to Ellie Ga’s blog