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Friends of EUROPA

Over the years the Bark EUROPA has made many friends, whom we keep in touch with through social media or encounter while sailing to many ports. Their support is very appreciated, whether it is through sponsoring youngsters, simply sharing experiences about the bark Europa or helping the ship to fund her maintenance! In the end we all want the same: to keep the EUROPA wandering the oceans for many more years. Therefore the Friends of EUROPA - fund is established and you can help!

Building the future

Help to build a fund so we can welcome underprivileged youngsters on board on a Tall Ships Race or Ocean Crossing. Being a Friend of EUROPA you not only support young trainees but also the ship in her existence in the coming years. In April 2017 we had our first two 'Friends of EUROPA' trainees on board, Lotte and Matthijs from The Hague, the Netherlands. They kept us up to date of their adventure via our website and our social media channels. Upcoming May 2018 the next 'Friends of EUROPA' trainees will embark on board Bark EUROPA for an adventure of a lifetime from Cape Town to the Azores and from the Azores to Harlingen. 

Captain Klaas Gaastra : "I know for sure that the Friends of the EUROPA-club is something that will be supported by many former guests. This initiative, started by two of our former trainees, is like a crown on all the hard work and effort put in by all crew and office staff to keep the ship sailing over the 7 oceans of the world.

Cape Town to the Azores in May 2018

After a successful Friends of EUROPA project last year, Douwe (18) and Maurits (24) will be the next youngsters who will sail with EUROPA on the ocean crossing from Cape Town to the Azores. You can follow their stories and videos on our Facebook! And not only that: we are also looking for youngsters from The Hague from 15 to 18 years old. Have a look at the short movie (in Dutch) where Douwe and Maurits encourage other youngsters from The Hague to sign up for the trip from the Azores to Harlingen!

Azores to Harlingen in July 2018

We are looking for 2 youngsters (m/f) from The Hague, the Netherlands between the age of 15 and 18 years old who would like to sail with us from the Azores to Stavanger and from Stavanger to Harlingen. The journey begins on the 9th of July 2018 and will end on the 5th of August 2018. 

Would you like to join us?

  • Age: 15 – 18 years old
  • Lives in The Hague and/or Scheveningen
  • In possession of travel- and health insurance
  • Healthy and fit to do a 30-day ocean crossing. The first part of the voyage from the Azores to Stavanger will be a voyage of 21 days, focused on learning how to sail a Tall Ship. The second part from Stavanger to Harlingen is a shorter 9 day voyage focused on sailtraining, working together and self-development
  • Able to travel alone to the Azores
  • Good ability of the English language. English is the main language on board and our guests and crew comes from all over the world.


The flight to and from the ship are for our expense. The same applies to your stay on board, including all meals, coffee, tea, water and juice during the meals. However, costs for communication to your family, such as calling or emailing via the Satellite telephone, drinks at the bar, your own insurances and possible costs during trips ashore are for your own expense. 

Working with the crew

When you’re mustered as trainee, we will ask you to join the watch system, help to sail the ship and work on maintenance and cleaning the ship. You don’t need to have any knowledge of sailing as you will be trained by our crew. On board the most important aspects are: working together, flexibility, listening, having fun, giving your self-esteem a boost and simply enjoying the adventure!

Sign up!

Are you interested in this sailing voyage that you’ll never forget? Sign up before the 1st of May via email: with a short explanation why you should be the one that comes with us!

Yearly donation

You can become a Friend of the EUROPA with a minimum donation of EUR 25,- on a yearly basis. Being a Friend of the bark EUROPA can be a long term commitment, but it does not have to be. As a Friend of the EUROPA you will be kept up to date about the fund and about the trainees we support and their experiences on board. You can decide every year if you still want to donate to the Friends of the Bark EUROPA.
Submit now and become a Friend of the EUROPA!

Donation details

Donations can of course be done without submitting for the Friends of EUROPA. Please make your donation at the banking details below with mentioning of your name and 'Friend of EUROPA'.

Bank: Rabobank
Adress bank: Croeselaan 18, 3521 CB, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Account nr/ IBAN: NL72RABO0175857431
Account name: Rederij Bark EUROPA

Or make use of our PayPal account: Paypal account: