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Unreal

By: Karl Beerenfenger

The end is near. Time for a wrap up. It’s been just unreal. Dolphins, turtles, whales, sharks, bioluminescence, clear starry nights, deep blue oceans, different types of weather, plankton, plastics, a stop at Madeira...

September 2022

Plankton, plastics and pelagics

By: Karl Beerenfenger

An update from the marina of Funchal on the island of Madeira, where we saw two 1,5 meter Scalloped Hammerheads patrolling the shallow waters around the ship this morning. An unexpected and spectacular event having these...

Research on board

By: Karl Beerenfenger

Today, we started the plastics and plankton program. After a short introduction Marcus did his first plankton trawl and showed the contents to the rest of us under a microscope. It’s amazing how much life the oceans...

September 2022

The start of our journey

By: Karl Beerenfenger

The ship heaved the anchor and left the bay of Cascais. Thirty eight guests on board are joining to Tenerife, in the Atlantic Ocean. Some guests have been on board since Scheveningen in the Netherlands, and some will stay on...

Celebrating life on Bark EUROPA

By: Karl Beerenfenger

  With two birthdays, sightings of dolphins and whales on six different occasions, beautiful plankton under our microscopes and a swim in the Atlantic Ocean one could say we are celebrating life on board Bark EUROPA,...

September 2022

Close hauled on Starboard tack

By: Janke Kingma

Position 42°-08’N : 011°-06’W Partly cloudy,  Wind  WSW,  4 to 5 bft Water temp = 16,8°C Course 180°, Speed 6.5  kts Under engines Close hauled on Starboard tack...

Crew of Bark EUROPA

By: Karl Beerenfenger

Joining the EUROPA as part of the research team, I was lucky enough to be involved with the international crew quite a lot. And it’s been absolutely beautiful watching the crew in action. Without becoming too...

August 2022

Life on board by Coen de Bruijn

By: Coen de Bruijn

Last week I sailed from Harlingen to Antwerp in 6 days during the Tall Ship Races on board Bark Europa. I saw many amazing things during this trip; from two and a half meters long jellyfish and luminous plankton to drilling...

July 2022

Life on board by Lucas de Jong

By: Lucas de Jong

It has been three days since we left port to the cheers and loud applause of the thousands of people who gathered in Harlingen to watch the fleet of tall ships set sail for Antwerp. After some first class steering we managed...

Starry starry night

By: Karl Beerenfenger

My first day on board of Bark EUROPA, and I hit the jackpot: a night sail on Dutch UNESCO World Heritage site the Wadden Sea. In complete darkness, enlightened by the moon and workshops from experts on plankton, oceanography,...

July 2022