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In the groove

By: Richard Simko

We are almost one week into our journey. It feels like we left Ushuaia  quite a while ago but we are still only at the very beginning. The  Falkland Islands are behind us now. After an initial slow start and...

April 2020

Shock to the system

By: Eric Kesteloo

After our slow start on the first two days, with winds topping out at  just 2 Bft, we finally started moving for real on the early morning of  the 29th. The morning also brought clear skies, so that was a...

Hoist the sails!

By: Maria Intxaustegi

Extraordinary situations demands extraordinary measures and sacrifices. We are leaving. We are sailing back to the Netherlands. Europa embarks on what will be its most unique journey. From Ushuaia, we will cross the...

11th of March

By: Richard Simko

Bark Europa is a special purpose vessel or to be more specific, a sail  training ship. Voyage crew is involved in day to day operations and thus  there are things they have to be aware of. A man overboard...

9th of March

By: Jordi Plana Morales

From midnight, Europa makes her way from Half Moon Island towards the  famous Deception Island. Windless conditions made for motoring all the  way and, as scheduled, about 07:30h we drifted for a while to have...

7th of March

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Leaving Duse Bay after sunset we spent the night slowly making our way  around the Tabarin Peninsula to reach Brown Bluff in the morning.  On the way, Europa encountered some giant patches of sea ice and...

March 2020

20th of March

By: Eric Kesteloo

We realised about the pandemic global situation during our crossing the Drake Passage. The virus was expanding rapidly and the borders were beginning to close but we were in a microcosm oblivious to everything in which the...

10th of March

By: Jordi Plana Morales

After setting some canvas during the night and motorsailing our way out  of the South Shetlands, early morning found us entering the Boyd Strait  turning off our engines and enjoying the SW-ly winds of about 20kn....

8th of March

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Crossing the 85nm of the Bransfield Strait from Base Esperanza to  Greenwich Island, where we plan today’s activity morning, proved to be a  calm crossing. At the beginning we had 25kn of SSE-ly winds,...