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20/10/2008

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HOW IS TARA GOING TO REACH PARIS?

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 will not go through is a bridge in the heart of Rouen, we are thus going to call at the Autonomous port of Rouen as of October 27th to unstep the masts of the whale.

It will take no less than 3 days and 10 persons to accomplish this operation, prepare the cradles on the boat’s deck and lay them down flat on the deck. As each mast weighs 2 tons and measures 27 meters, we shall use cranes in proportion able to lift up a load 30 meters high.

With the masts loaded onboard, Tara, her crew and captain, Simon Rigal will navigate upstream the Seine day and night as of the 31st of October finding here and there bridges, locks, barges some of which hard to manoeuvre. It will take about three days and three nights to navigate from Rouen to Paris through the Seine meanders before crossing the last lock in Suresnes.


Once the boat has docked on the quay near the Pont Alexandre III around November 3rd, one will have to mast the schooner once again at the Port des Champs Elysées. Tara will be ready as of November 6th.

 

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