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Since 1994 the barque EUROPA has roamed the seas of the world and built up the reputation of a ship that really sails. A professional crew of 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crewmembers of all ages and nationalities sail her. Tall Ships enthusiasts, some with no sailing experience, take the wheel, hoist the yards, navigate, etc. We, the crew, invite you to sail with us. Each year there are different voyages on the schedule: Antarctica expeditions, Tall Ship Adventures, Tall Ships’ races and long ocean crossings - an experience that many dream of and none will forget.
ANTARCTICA: information evening 4th September
What to expect during your holiday on board EUROPA
I ve just crossed the main deck to write this blog and saw people enjoying the sun, each others company, the coffee and ginger cake. Some are peeling potatoes and laughing, some are engrossed in drawing and others are just relaxing and watching the countryside go by as we motor
along the canal.
Yesterday we left Svenborg on the Danish coast at noon and with good wind and beautiful weather we sailed south to Germany. On the way to Svenborg there was plenty practise for the voyage crew in tacking, jibing, bracing, hoisting and taking down sail. We all seem to be getting on top of the activity and everyone is relaxing into enjoying the sailing and the watch system.
Coming into the entrance of the canal today was assisted by the pilot and we were berthed beside a container ship registered in Moldovia. It set an interesting contrast to Europas size, history and between engine and sail power. The clicking of cameras as the lock gate shut behind us was soon drowned out by the sound of the engines and enough exhaust to bring a small frown to the forehead of our engineer.
From here its off to Amsterdam for the end of this short voyage unfortunatley, where Europa will recieve some care and repair by the hard working and non stop crew. The voyage crew will all head off to international destinations having shared a quite unique and at times testing experience on the ship. For me I am looking forward to my next long voyage on Europa hopefully in the not too distant future to Antartica.
Red Watch: Yesterday the sea started to boil. Most of us did not adjust well to these new circumstances. It was so bad everybody slept in the deckhouse. Bar man Andy called it the sleepover from hell!
Today everyone is on their feet again and the wind and waves have gone away. the bad news is however that there might not be enough wind to get us to Fredrikstad and that the engines might be turned on. We hope for more wind!
Rederij Bark EUROPA
P.O. Box 23183
NL-3001 KD Rotterdam
T +31 10-281 0990
F +31 10-281 0991
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