Discover how we prepare for a “space expedition” aboard the EcoMaris Roter Sand.
”Researchers and participants from our Cosmic Plankton expedition will explore the infinitely large starry sky from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. They will depart from Sept-Iles on Saturday night at 7, aboard the fore-and-aft-rigged ship knowned as the Roter Sand.
Organized by EcoMaris, the expedition will lead sailors to their destination: the Mingan Archipelago and Anticosti Island. They will be back in Sept-Iles on August 27th. The boat is currently moored to the Vieux-Quai where it can easily be seen.
Sixteen people will take part in this expedition. The four crew members will be accompanied by marine biologist Christian Sardet and another biologist, as well as by an astronomer, a geographer, a geologist and tourists (participants).
Simon Paquin, Founder and C.E.O. of the nonprofit EcoMaris, explains that Cosmic Plankton’s mission is to gather extraordinary images that will raise awareness on important environmental issues. The team is considering releasing a film and a book on local plankton, among other projects. The expedition’s scientific segment enhances EcoMaris’ educational goals.
“With this expedition, scientists meet original sailors, artists and filmmakers, which results in great conversations leading to an amazing final product, I would say”, Paquin predicts.
EcoMaris’ founder hopes that plankton collection and observations will help to better know these microorganisms in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and to confirm computer models for their distribution.
At night, Cosmic Plankton’s crew members and participants will enjoy stargazing in the pollution-free, Minganie sky.
“When stargazing on the boat, you feel some kind of vertigo. You feel so tiny”, explains Paquin.
Captain Lancelot Tremblay confirmed that a lot of material would be boarded on the Roter Sand to capture images and study pankton.
For participants, he has organized an extensive training program touching on various marine topics such as weather, navigation, maps, pilotage, sailing, knots, vocabulary, rescue systems, maintenance, etc.
“It’s a lot to see in two weeks! It’s clearly not a cruise. It really is a training vessel !”, says the Captain.