Built by the famed French medic, yachtsman and explorer Jean-Louis Etienne, Tara was launched in the 1988. It was named Antarctica and was built as a polar expedition vessel capable of sailing into the pack ice of the Arctic and Antarctic.
After 10 years of successful scientific expeditions to the Polar Regions, Antarctica was sold to New Zealand yachtsman and environmentalist Sir Peter Blake. Sir Peter renamed her Seamaster, when she continued to be used for many famous sailing events.
In 2001, Seamaster was bought by the Tara Foundation and renamed as Tara. Since joining the Tara Foundation, Tara has served as a world-spanning Research Vessel, including 507 days locked into the Arctic ice cap and drifting with the pack ice, as part of the International Polar Year's scientific research of the North Polar Region.
Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$250 for their guests.