Sail with us

Sail with us

Sail with us

Sail with us

Sail with us

Sail with us

Sail with us

Sail with us

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.


Easter closure

The Bark Europa office is closed for Easter from Saturday 19th April until Monday 21st April. Out office is open again from Tuesday 22nd April at 09.00 hrs.
SECURE A BUNK! and Taste the life at sea
We will set sail along the impressive Norwegian and Swedish coast. During our voyage we will visit some beautiful places and or little Islands where we can drop our anchor.

Weather and wind will decide what our exact route will be, it might be even possible to make a short stop in Copenhagen. Which route we will take, one thing is sure, it will bring us to Kiel, where we will set sail in the Channel and are heading to the German and Dutch Wadden Islands.

FREDRIKSTAD (Norway) - AMSTERDAM (Netherlands)
Embarkation: 14th July 2014, 5 PM in Fredrikstad, Norway
Disembarkation: 23rd July 2014, 9 AM in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Voyage fare: € 950,- p.p. in a 4/6 persons cabin, € 1100,- in a two persons cabin

What to expect during your holiday on board EUROPA
  • The ultimate hands on sailing adventure
  • Meeting interesting people on board of all ages and all nationalities
  • Perfect for single travelers and for couples
  • A crew who is more than happy to explain and teach you all about sailing a square rigger
  • Additionally you can take part in workshops learning about life at sea, meteorology, astronomy and navigation.
  • The choice for a holiday of 1 or 2 weeks, or if you prefer you can even stay 3 months on board.
  • An escape from the hectic life ashore


As we head up the south and north Atlantic en route to our home port in the Netherlands we will be towing a fine trawl net which traps any objects in the water. Non bio-degradable plastics never completely decompose and plastic objects that have been discarded at sea can float around and break into smaller and smaller pieces, sometimes too small to be seen with the naked eye. Scientists have been studying this in recent decades and are investigating the problems the plastics cause; for instance larger pieces of plastic are often gathered by foraging birds who think it is food, and sometimes also feed it to chicks which can then die with stomachs full of plastics. Shellfish and other animals can also filter the microplastic out of the water and may be adversely affected.

For the study aboard Bark Europa, Eduardo Rubio of the National University of Mexico is collaborating with New South Wales University (Australia). The ship’s route will take the vessel through the South Atlantic Gyre, an area of ocean where the effect of the ocean’s giant swirling currents concentrates the plastics. Each sample is taken over a four hour period, sampling between 200 to 300 m3 of ocean in each trawl. The samples are being analysed on board using a magnifying steroscope which allows even the tiny pieces of plastic that can be found in sea water to be picked out, collected and further analysed. The scientists are expecting the presence and change in volume of plastics caught in the gyre to be very obvious as on an earlier voyage the same sampling was done through the North Atlantic Gyre. The results there showed more and more microplastics collected as they sailed through from the outer edge of the gyre through the centre, where detritus is most concentrated, then reducing again as they emerged the other side of the gyre.

Eduardo Rubio said the results seen from the North Atlantic Gyre showed incredible aggregations of microplastics towards the centre, with thousands of pieces of microplastic present in the samples taken near the centre of the gyre. Early results of the sampling on the current voyage found no traces of plastic whilst sailing in the Scotia Sea, however they started to find plastic at more northerly latitudes, particularly when they crossed the 30°S line of latitude.


A sample of tiny pieces of plastic filtered from sea water. Photo Bark Europa is being used as a platform for science. Photo Patrick Lurcock.

The sight was like awaking from a beautiful dream to remember every perfect detail. It was 3am and St. Helena had fully revealed herself in silhouette. The milky way and stars were rising from her middle like a wisp of smoke and cinders reaching to the top of the sky. Our ship was surrounded by twenty dolphins, large ones, small ones, mothers with their calves, all gracefully swimming to and fro, playfully jumping and laughing into the night.


Sailing through the South Atlantic, on our way to the next remote Island, St Helena, we ran into a line of floating garbage. Most of them were made out of plastic, like crates, fishing buoys and even an abounded life buoy was passing by.
Collecting them all is out of the question, our ship would be too small, but we collect some to determine for how long they are floating around already. You can tell by looking at the amount and kind of animals living on them. Many of them are floating around for a long time and are busy with an evolution, having there own flora & fauna as tiny planets in this fast ocean of blue.
Algae, mussels, little crabs and many other invertebrates you wouldn’t expect on the surface of this 5000m deep loneliness. Picking up plastic out of the Ocean seems like a good deed, until you see all this new live crawling over your deck.  Who are we to take away their new world….?
The only solution we can think of is to drop the poor creatures back in the ocean and hope they will find another piece of floating garbage soon.
Alles Wel

Pictures Jenny Grayson


Postal address:
Rederij Bark EUROPA
P.O. Box 23183
NL-3001 KD Rotterdam
The Netherlands

T +31 10-281 0990
F +31 10-281 0991


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