French Expedition Yacht Tara Returns

Tara Pacific Expedition


Free tours aboard TARA included with general admission July 19 – 20

San Diego, CA (July 11, 2018) — Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, from sail to steam to submarine, announces the arrival of the Tara schooner to San Diego’s waterfront July 18 through 21.

Tara Pacific ExpeditionThe Tara Pacific Expedition is a two-year scientific mission sampling coral reefs to study the resistance and their adaptation to change across the Pacific Ocean. The expedition is conducted on board the French oceanographic 118-foot schooner Tara owned by the Tara Foundation, a French non-profit organization and UN observer working in favor of the environment. The main objective of the Tara Pacific expedition is to understand the evolution of coral reefs in the context of climate and demographic changes. The boat has already traveled for two years in the Pacific and is on its way back home to Lorient.

Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego states “Our Museum has hosted vessels with similar missions in recent years and the experience was always positive for our organization and visitors. Tara foundation are vital voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world’s oceans.”

Tara last visited the Maritime Museum of San Diego in October 2011 during the Tara Oceans expedition (a 4-year expedition studying the planktonic ecosystem at a planetary scale) which allowed scientists to discover uncovered groundbreaking new information about plankton, which was and continues to be published in well-known scientific journals Science and Nature.

Tara will be docked along the north embarcadero next to Maritime Museum of San Diego July 18 to 20. In celebration of Tara’s visit, Maritime Museum of San Diego has organized complimentary dockside visits aboard Tara with purchase of general admission to the Maritime Museum. Guided tours will be available for two days only, every thirty minutes between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20.

Book now! General Admission.

Additional events planned by the Tara Expeditions Foundation while in San Diego:
Workshop for Kids – Discover the invisible life of the ocean aboard Tara: Thursday, July 19: 1:30-4:30 PM. Limited Access.

Innovative Citizen Science Oceanography 2.0 – Ocean Health and Biodiversity on July 19, 2018 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California.
Register : CLICK HERE

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Since 2003, Tara has sailed all the oceans of the globe, undertaking essential research to understand the impacts of climate and ecological changes, and better anticipate future crisis. During her expeditions covering more than 375,000 km, Tara and its scientific partners discovered nearly 100,000 microscopic marine species and millions of new genes. Research carried out by 117 international laboratories, including the CNRS, CEA, EMBL, MIT and PSL, has resulted in more than 120 scientific publications, 9 of them in the most prestigious journals such as Science and Nature. The schooner carried out 4 major expeditions: Tara Arctic (2006-2008) drifting in the Arctic ice pack for 507 days. Tara Oceans (2009-2013), revealing 80% of the unknown Ocean microscopic life, Tara Mediterranean (2014) on the impact of micro plastic pollution and is now carrying out her Tara Pacific (2016-2018) to better understand the biodiversity of coral reefs, from the gene to the ecosystem. Visit

Tara Pacific Expedition

About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.