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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...

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...

5th of March

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Hours of cold steering out on deck during the windy and dark night,  finally saw us drop anchor in Pastorizo Bay on the east coast of False  Island Point. A long detour to get here was necessary due to the...

March 2020

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,...

6th of March 2020

By: Jordi Plana Morales

After an adventurous night, with strong winds gusting up to 40kn, after  a forecast that predicted about 15kn, and dealing with drifting ice, it  proved not possible to drop anchor at Devil Island, even though we...

4th of March

By: Jordi Plana Morales

Reaching Snow Hill Island always represents a challenge due to its ice  filled waters and changeable weather. The island will be the  southernmost destination of our trip. One can never be sure to land there and...