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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...

Seeking shelter at the SW-ly coast of Tristan

By: Jordi Plana Morales

The start of the new day, just passing midnight, came together with an increase on the N-ly and NE-ly winds, that made for striking a couple more staysails.  Vlieger, Mizzen Top Staysail and Outer jib came down and were...

April 2018

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...

Leisure day

By: Jordi Plana Morales

After a night holding our ground under two anchors, five shackles of chain down on each, and withstanding gusting blasts up to 40kn between periods of easing winds, in the morning Europa moves from the SW coast of Tristan da...

Tristan birds

By: Jordi Plana Morales

As a change from the last days, the new journey started under overcast skies although with similar wind conditions than last night of about light 10kn from a SE-ly direction. Slowly the NE-ly swell has been increasing and...