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Ushuaia, time for maintenance and repairs

By: Jordi Plana Morales

USHUAIA, TIME FOR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS   Aftermath of the technical issues in the navigation and communication equipment due to a lightning strike while at sea, making our way afterwards to anchorage at...

December 2021

Respect for the oceans - Argo Floats


Respect for the oceans plays an important role in the philosophy of EUROPA.   There are various scientific projects on board during this season. One of them is the International Argo program that deploys buoys in the...

Land at sight

By: Jordi Plana Morales

A night spent sailhandling on light breeze, bracing several times and gybing to Starboard tack, expecting a fair breeze to pull us to our anchorage or the port pilot station in front of Montevideo. But still the sunrise over...

Two wanderes of the seas

By: Jordi Plana Morales

With the first daylight over the grey skies of the early morning, small flocks of Spectacled petrels became visible gliding around the ship. Some of their neighbors in the Tristan archipelago, their breeding grounds, also join...

The Spectacled petrel

By: Jordi Plana Morales

South Atlantic and Indian Ocean albatross, the beautiful Yellow nosed breeds in Tristan da Cunha archipelago and a handful of other remote islands further south. Their dispersal movements are not fully known, but generally...

November 2021

Getting into to Rio de la Plata

By: Jordi Plana Morales

The day when we actually approach the South American lands, starts with setting all remaining canvas on abating winds and calming seas. The rough waters and gusts over 30kn now became a steadier 15kn breeze from a S by E...

Man Over Board exercise

By: Jordi Plana Morales

The nice sunrise announced what was going to be a gorgeous morning weather. While the day starts, Europa rolls over a crossed swell on a downwind SW course, pulled at 3.8 to 5kn by 12 to 14kn of fair breeze. An appropriate...