Blake Ambassadors 2018/19

Millie Mannering
Millie Mannering

Blake Tara Ambassador 2018

Emily Wilson
Emily Wilson

Blake Tara Ambassador 2018

Harry Seagar
Harry Seagar

Blake Antarctic Ambassador 2018

Siobhan O'Connor
Siobhan O'Connor

Blake NIWA Ambassador 2018

Lana Young
Lana Young

Blake NIWA Ambassador 2018

Erin Greenwood
Erin Greenwood

Blake NIWA Ambassador 2018

Holly Lane
Holly Lane

Blake NIWA Ambassador 2018

Adam Currie
Adam Currie

Blake NIWA Ambassador 2018

Emily Gordon
Emily Gordon

Blake NIWA Ambassador 2018

Skye Anderson
Skye Anderson

Blake DOC Ambassador 2018

Sarah Manktelow
Sarah Manktelow

Blake DOC Ambassador 2018

Anna Zam
Anna Zam

Blake DOC Ambassador 2018

Aidan Braid
Aidan Braid

Blake DOC Ambassador 2018

Pippa Halliday
Pippa Halliday

Blake DOC Ambassador 2018

Blake Ambassador 2018/19 Blogs

Welcome to Tara
Welcome to Tara

Walking past his portrait hanging outside is a very special feeling, a humbling reminder of our purpose on board and the incredible opportunity we have been given.

The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal

The sun had set and we were making our way up to the entrance of the canal through the calm cool evening with hazy skies in the distance in all directions.

We Are Away Sailing
We Are Away Sailing

We have now entered the Atlantic Ocean, leaving behind the Panamanian jungle filled with howler monkeys, boa constrictors, panthers, jaguars and tiny, deadly snakes. As Tara was built to withstand Arctic exploration, I highly doubt motion sickness on the high seas was a prioritized consideration in the engineering of the ship – she lurches at the onset of any mild swell. While the crew didn’t flinch, some of us were not so lucky!

Lazy Dancing Whales
Lazy Dancing Whales

We had a special visit today as we were greeted by a small pod of pilot whales, lazily turning through Tara’s bow wave. They curiously played before a quick flick of their tails sent them sinking head first to disappear into the depths.

Chewing on Tuna
Chewing on Tuna

Today we caught a Yellowfin tuna, Thunnus albacares, the biggest fish I have seen in my life. I could barely lift it from the ground and it was incredible to see the engineering of such a powerfully fast animal.

A Hurricane on the Horizon
A Hurricane on the Horizon

Who is Florence? On a scale of 5, she’s a category 4 hurricane that’s crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

While We Wait
While We Wait

We reached the Bahamas in the early hours of the morning and took down the sails just off a small set of islands. After waking to see we were anchored, I grabbed a mask and explored the crystal clear, 20m deep water where Tara sat. Jellyfish floated past and a few curious Triggerfish, Canthidermis sufflamen, drifted up to see me, with two elongated dorsal and anal fins allowing it to peculiarly flap through the water.

Wake of a Hurricane
Wake of a Hurricane

​In the wake of Florence, we leave the safe crystal waters of the Bahamas and head up the coast of North America.

Humans of Tara
Humans of Tara

Meet the crew of the Tara expedition from Panama to New York.

Opportunities of a lifetime

This summer there will be 14 Blake Ambassador Awards in partnership with Tara Expeditions Foundation, Antarctica New Zealand, NIWA, and the Department of Conservation. Follow the Blake Tara Ambassador Programme here. The following Ambassadors will be announced soon.

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