Close encounters of the third type...Third type because there are personalities that may be considered as outstanding. Samantha Davis is certainly among them just like those offshore racers with whom we rub shoulders with at the BSM port. It’s with great pleasure that Tara sailed to meet “Roxy” during her return sailing to the Lorient port. We welcomed the navigator by our powerful foghorn
Tara in Paris by Grant Redvers“Is it strange to be in Paris with Tara after a year and a half living in the Arctic?” This is a common question I have heard several times a day since returning aboard “La Baleine” a few weeks ago. Yes, it does feel somewhat odd to be tied up on the River Seine, to wake up to see the Eiffel Tower in place of the meteo mast that use to measure atmospheric
IINTERVIEW Etienne BourgoisEtienne Bourgois, Tara Expeditions director was on Tara when the boat arrived in Paris this morning with sunny skies.How was navigation between Rouen and Paris?It was a sort of immobile cruise and it was strange to see trees, houses and cars through the portholes of Tara! We are more accustomed to seeing pack ice or the sea on this boat.When we came past the shipyard
Rouen. 31 Oct 2008.Almost two decades after sailing down the Seine, Tara is making her way back up the river for the first time, closing a twenty year loop that has seen her sail many thousands of miles to both ends of the earth. It all started from the SFCN shipyards in Villeneuve La Garenne where she was built in 1989. For the past few days we have been in Rouen, lowering Tara’s
27 septembre : départ de l’Armada Bleue Les bateaux ambassadeurs s’unissent pour la sauvegarde des océans Quatre bateaux français, emblèmes de la connaissance et de la protection du milieu marin, navigueront de concert en rade de Marseille le 27 septembre de 9h à 12h puis se rendront au Congrès Mondial de la Nature à Barcelone (Espagne) pour représenter la France et porter les
Tara calls in at Monaco Monday the 8th and Tuesday the 9th of September Tara will begin her Mediterranean tour with this two day call in the Principality of Monaco. A first granted to the Yacht Club of Monaco, presided by SAS Prince Albert II who wished to join with the Tara expedition and its European scientific programme DAMOCLES so as to celebrate the 4th International Polar Year. Its aim is
Interview of Etienne BourgoisThe Tara Expeditions director goes back over the Tara onboard work accomplished after the Arctic drift, the boat’s summer programme, the future…Since her return from the Arctic, Tara has been submitted to a thorough check up in Lorient…Yes, this was necessary after such an expedition! We checked the rudders and the centre boards. We also had an important visit
Tara on the Lorient quayA year and a half after her departure from this same port, the loop is looped. This is an opportunity to have a first assessment with the expedition director.Etienne Bourgois. Is this the end of a great adventure?Etienne Bourgois: « It is the end of a voyage but I believe the beginning of a commitment. The beginning of a new ideas trend, and of new desires that Tara
E. Bourgois : "Tara with the projects she carries comes back from this expedition having grown in stature"Lorient, the 23rd of February 2008, by Etienne BourgoisToday, I am happy to witness Tara’s return to Lorient, her home port with a nearly complete crew onboard as 18 of the 20 “taranauts” have accomplished the last stretch of navigation by my side. Grant Redvers, expedition leader and
Tara has left LongyearbyenAt 4h15 pm Paris time today, Tara left her dock at Longyearbyen. On land, little Norwegian flags were being waved. On Tara’s deck, emergency rockets held by several crew members were being consumed as for the boat’s arrival.A halo of red light in the middle of Isfjiorden with hoorays in the background shouted from sea and land. Human alchemy in motion. The welcome
ITW Grant RedversWhat is the characteristic smell of Tara Arctic?There is an absence of smell on the ice so anything we sense comes either from us or the boat. Good cooking smells waft from the galley each day including the aroma of freshly baked bread. Less pleasant, but vital for our life, are the odours of kerosene and the generator exhaust. The woody smells steaming from the banya are a
Onboard Tara, we are in transit between the ice and the sea. After the ice break last Thursday, we have recovered part of our freedom, released from the pack ice, moving about the open water by turning in circles, moving with the wind and the currents in the midst of the ice pieces. But we are acting like these surrounding pieces of ice around us, we are not operating the boat. We are fully
Return of a summer crew member on land With the end of the summer, rotations have started once again between Longyearbeyen and Tara.This to renew supplies and change the crew before the polar night. The polar night is expected on the 6th of october. A first rotation took place on Wednesday. A second one is planned for Friday. Interview of a returning summer crew member. He is Charles
Interview Audun TholfsenWhen did you arrive on Tara ? When will you be leaving ?I arrived with the last DC-3 flight, the 30th of April. I will stay at least until we are out of the ice.What does your job involve ? Describe a typical day.After breakfast I would together with Herve do an Ice coring. This includes drilling a hole in the ice of around 1.5 meter. Then we bring back the core to Tara
Summer at TaraIt has been a good summer. Weather wise, most of the days have been grey. But, there have been some sunny ones. Since we rarely experience these “warm” days, you really learn to appreciate them. What you do is to stay outside as much as possible, and it doesn’t really matter what you do. Some of these days have been among my best skiing days ever. One of them started out
Profile of Charles TerrinBeing a Merchant Marine Officer, I joined as a Sailor. What will surely quickly catch your attention is that being stuck in ice has got nothing to do with navigation send by the Yacht Club of Monaco. Well, Tara is still a ship and there are lots of similarities between being here and at sea. I therefore spend my days, on top of our communal tasks, maintaining and checking
Measuring the ice thicknessIntegrated to the DAMOCLES program, the EM31 is a piece of equipment that allows measuring the ice thickness. Last April, during my stay in Barneo, a Russian base in Arctic, I was briefed by Christian Hass (ice specialist in the German, Alfred Wagener Institute). Once a week, Minh-Ly (our doctor) and I, follow the 3 kilometres long validation line, pulling the EM31
A huge ice keelAfter all of the ice movement and compression over the winter it was important to dive under Tara to check the condition of the hull and propellers. Yesterday, Sam and I dropped through the CTD hole into the black void of the Arctic Ocean. With thick ice and snow around the boat and only a few holes used for our scientific work providing an eerie glow, we had to use powerful lamps
And then there were ten...After reaching a maximum of 44 people on base last week the calm has now returned to Tara. Waving good bye to Romain, the film crew and three remaining scientists on Sunday, we now have a new team of ten on board Tara for the summer. Joining us on the last flight from Longyearbyen were Herve (returning from a short holiday) and Audun Tholfssen (from Norway). They brought
Directions on how to land on Pack iceNew record: we have crossed this Wednesday the 88°degree latitude north. We are getting closer to the Pole (less than 300 km away) and it is quite possible that Tara may make Nansen’s dream come true: to drift on pack ice on the earths’ highest geographic point. For the moment however, one has to accomplish the planned observation missions for April and
Date: 11th January 2007, 128th day of drift. Log: 76Position: 83˚81’N, 140˚89’ECourse and Speed: NW, 0.2 knotsWind: SW, 12 knotsSea Ice: StableVisibility: Good, clear skyMoon: Not visibleAir Temperature: -25˚CWater Temperature: -1.7˚CAt the start of the drift Gamet arrived onboard Tara with a one meter piece of mammoth tusk. In 1999 he took part in an expedition organized by Bernard
20th day of drift. Position: 83°44’N, 137°49’E Course and Speed: NW, 0.1 knots Wind: S, 5 knots Sea Ice: Stable Visibility: Excellent, clear sky Moon: Full Air Temperature: -35°C Water Temperature: -1.7°C Interview with Grant Redvers Grant, you are from New Zealand and you are the expedition leader of our drift, can you tell us how you
Herve Bourmaud, 35 years old, has spent a lifetime at sea and is the most experienced sailor amongst our team. Even when he is ashore he is never too far from the water, living on the small island of I’lle d’Yeu on the Atlantic coast of France. Initially taking to the sea on fishing trips with his father at the age of six, he subsequently competed on the French national regatta circuit,
Bruno Vienne is the cameraman in the crew of Tara Expeditions. From MC4 production studios in France, he specializes in animal documentaries and has a long list of previous films to his name, including “Frere loup”, “Balade pour un ermite”, “Sur les trace de l’ours a lunettes”, “Peril aux Galapagos”, “Mission gibbons a Borneo”, “Le voyage de Chencho” and “Retour a
Nicolas, our first engineer, is a key person for the success of our mission. Even though our two main engines are now in hibernation mode until 2008, he is kept busy with energy management on board including the operation and maintenance of two generators, keeping our heating system running, managing fuel consummation and other general engineering. In the harsh conditions of an Arctic winter,
72nd day of drift. Position: 82?37’N, 139?58’E Course and Speed: SW, 0.1 knots Wind: N, 10 knots Sea Ice: Slight movement Visibility: Moderate, cloudy sky Phase of moon: Last quarter Air Temperature: -15°C Water Temperature: -1.5°C Comparing the faint sound of the ever-so-slowly moving sea ice to that of a train approaching from a distance
Position: Drifting, 81?04’N, 146?46’E Course and Speed: SW, 0.4 kts Wind: NE, 0 – 5 kts Sea Ice: Broken pack with frozen leads Visibility: Excellent Sunrise: 0500 Sunset: 1600 Cloud Cover: 4/8 Air Temperature: -8°C Water Temperature: -1.2°CWe have had two days drifting slowly to the south with a gentle breeze and clear sky. The colder
Position: Drifting in the Arctic ice pack, 80?41’N, 143?49’EWind: SW, 15 knotsSea Ice: Consolidated pack iceVisibility: AverageDaylight hours: 4am – 7pmCloud Cover: 8/8Air Temperature: 0?CWater Temperature: -1?CAfter the action of the past week we have spent the last two days focusing on tidying the deck which is now loaded with all of the material recovered from our camp. We are happy to
At 1400 hours, with the help of the ice breaker Kapitan Dranitsyn, we moored Tara alongside a large ice floe that will serve as our home for the next two years. At 79°53’N, 143°17’E we have 24 hours sunlight, allowing us to work around the clock to install the camp and scientific base. We have installed a meteorological station, undertaken preliminary tests with the CTD sound and started to
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