TARA RETURNS - Sir Peter's Ocean Legacy, global and local

Tara, formerly Sir Peter Blake’s vessel Seamaster, returned to New Zealand on Saturday July 1 for the first time since the death of the Kiwi yachtsman and environmentalist.

While berthed in Auckland, Tara Expeditions Foundation, the Sir Peter Blake Trust and Auckland Council invited New Zealanders to a public outdoor photo and video exhibition, with a focus on oceans.

Sir Peter called Seamaster an “extraordinary vessel, built to go anywhere there is 1.5 to 2 meters of water.” Sir Peter and his crew had started a five-year journey on Seamaster as part of blakexpeditions when he was killed in 2001. His mission was to visit ecologically sensitive parts of the planet “to make a difference” with a focus on water. Tara continues to focus on oceans, science and education. Since 2003 the schooner has travelled 300,000 kilometers across the world’s oceans. They have completed 10 expeditions to study and understand the impacts of climate and ecological changes on the ocean.


TARA EVENTS

Saturday 1 July - At midday Tara arrived in Auckland to welcome flotilla.

Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July - Visitors and school groups were able to explore the legendary schooner and talk to the crew about the science and life on board.

Wednesday 5 July - Auckland Conversation Event (ANZ Viaduct Event Centre) with a focus on ocean leadership. Panellists for the night were: Mark Orams, former Team NZ member, inaugural CEO of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, scientist, environmentalist, adventurer, currently Associate Dean at AUT; Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO Shelley Campbell; The Tara Expeditions Foundation Executive Director and former America’s Cup sailor Romain Troublé; and Associate Professor Dr. Rochelle Constantine, University of Auckland Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, and champion of the Hauraki Gulf.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust continues Sir Peter Blake’s legacy. It delivers programmes and experiences to young people with a focus on environmental action and leadership.


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