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Coming up north towards Cape Town

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Last evening on increasing winds and raising seas once more, the watches keep on standby to clue up Royals when necessary. But so far Europa carries all she can handle on that dead downwind run situation, until midnight when...

The Agulhas Current

By: Jordi Plana Morales

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN.  Running before the wind into the area affected by the Agulhas Current  We keep running downwind on variable and shifting blows, maintaining a course to keep up with it, riding the swell...

Running our Easting down

By: Jordi Plana Morales

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN.  Running our Easting down   Bracing and passing all staysails to Port tack is how the day started, still in the darkness and starry skies.  People on watch was called on deck...

Farewell to Tristan

By: Jordi Plana Morales

The anchorage were we spent last evening and night proved to be a quiet spot, sheltered from the strong winds blowing further offshore around Tristan da Cunha. Just a 25kn blow provided a bit of sudden surprise in the early...

April 2018

From Full-and-by to Downwind

By: Jordi Plana Morales

SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN.  Frontal Passage. From Full-and-by to Downwind.  As expected, during last night the skies became overcast and some showers started to show up in the horizon. The High Pressure System...

Easterly course towards South Africa

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Fair winds still blow during the whole day. We find ourselves on the wind corridor between a High Pressure System located North of us, and a Cyclonic system sweeping over the Roaring Forties. Keeping our course slightly North...

Rich birdlife around the ship

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Still under the influence of a High Pressure system, we keep steering on a SE-ly direction while experiencing quite variable winds, that had been with us since we left behind Tristan da Cunha shores. Some canvas went down last...

All you want to know about Desmond

By: Monique de Jong

Desmond was the name of a Gorilla mascot that was first on the ship  "Anna Rosa", a  Norwegian ketch. When the ship was sold to a museum the  mascot was taken off and  brought to the Europa. He has been...