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August September 2020 - Scheveningen

Bark Europa has sailed an epic voyage this spring from Argentina back to her homeport Scheveningen in the Netherlands. The orginal sailplan would have lead Europa accross the Pacific, to Easter Island and remote tropical locations as Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia. After visits to the Australian ports Brisbane, Hobart and Melbourne we would have embarked for an official Cape Horn crossing from Hobart to Port Stanly in the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas. The closure of the Argentinian borders in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that plan to a non-stop voyage to Scheveningen, the Netherlands.

After such a long voyage Europa needs some extra care and at the moment we are working hard to bring Europa back in shipshape and bring some new voyage crew on board.

While the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly we keep monitoring the newest developments on this issue. During our stay in Netherlands we will see what possibilities we can offer for you to see or visit the ship whether it will be a day sail, open ship or a virtual tour. Whenever we know more about these plans, we will let you know.

Keep an eye on this page and our newsletter for your latest update on the possibilities.

It was a amazing voyage!!! The crew were wonderful in helping us with everything and the cook was absolutely amazing! I think that for a training ship she is handled very well and the organization was great. The captain did a superb job of wrangling the 40 plus landlubbers and keeping a ship shape ship! Thank you to everyone for all the love and effort that goes into this beautiful vessel.

Willow

Antarctica season 2020 2021

After careful consideration we have decided to cancel the Antarctic voyages for the 2020 / 2021 season. Although Bark Europa is ready to go and sail south towards Argentina this autumn the worldwide travel situation is currently too unpredictable. 

Our sailors travel to the ship from all over the world and travelrestrictions and flight availabilities could prevent our sailors from joining or leaving the ship. In addition we will sail with an international group into a remote area of the world. The health and safety of our crew is most important to us. Many questions on how we can handle the current situation and make your journey unforgettable in the right way can not be answered yet.

For many the Antarctic expeditions on board Europa are a dream voyage and we do not want to offer a trip that could perhaps not live up to that dream because of external factors. 

Stay tuned on the sailing possibilities on board Europa for the 2021/2022 season and our summer voyages by signing up to our newsletter on www.barkeuropa.com. We would love to welcome you on board the decks of Europa again soon.

 

The permanent crew were just so professional, uncomplaining, friendly and forever helpful and our guides clearly have a passion for what they do and the ability to make every little mundane task feel exciting. Words really cannot express what it was like and, to quote from another's blog, if you really want to know you will have to go see for your self.

Chris

Summer season 2021

At this moment our 2021 sailing plans are still under review. If you want to stay up to date on all our sailingplans, just sign up to our newsletter on www.barkeuropa.com

Coming on the Europa for 2.5 months was the best decision I've ever made. I hope I'll be back on the EUROPA in the near future.

Adrien

Antarctica and South Georgia voyage 2021

We will start of the 2021 - 2022 Antarctic season with an expedition from mainland South America to South Georgia and Antarctica.

The details of this voyage are still to be decided on. If you want to be the first to hear on our sailingplans and schedule please make sure to sign up to our newsletter on www.barkeuropa.com.

What a marvellous experience I had on this trip. The ship was incredible and the crew were so helpful for those of us who had never sailed on a square rigger before. We swam near the equator, saw dolphins, whales, flying fish and albatross and had perfect sailing weather for most of the trip. I would absolutely recommend an ocean voyage on Europa to anyone looking for a special experience, I can’t wait to do another trip!

Caren

Antarctica expeditions from Ushuaia 2021-2022

The expedition starts in Argentina in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, located alongside the Beagle Channel. From here, the ship must cross ‘the Drake Passage’, renowned by sailors the world over. Albatrosses and petrels will accompany the EUROPA on her way to the Antarctic paradise. After passing the Antarctic Convergence Zone, the ship sails between the icebergs to the South Shetland Islands. The wildlife is overwhelming: seals, sea-gulls, cormorants and petrels use the Antarctic summer to raise their young. In the Antarctic waters, the EUROPA will anchor in sheltered bays practically every day.

Sailing to Antarctica is a unique adventure, on board Bark EUROPA you will experience it all. You will sail the icy waters and spot the many sea birds on your way. You will stand watch and hoist the sails on your way to the white continent.

The crew will take groups ashore in the dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin rookeries. Ashore, visitors will often be welcomed by different kinds of penguins, such as the Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. Our experienced guide will give you information about the flora and fauna and will also tell you where to find bird and sea elephant colonies. The ship will sail further south. We expect the most loyal visitors of the Southern Ocean: enormous Humpback whales; Minke whales and even Orcas or Killer whales may well come close to us, curious to see who ventures into their waters. Ice masses will get bigger closer to the mainland. Steep glaciers, walls of ice with magical shapes and surreal colours will surround the EUROPA.

The exact dates of the 2021/2022 Antarctic season are not yet available. If you want to stay up to date on the details of this voyage just sign on to our newsletter and you will be the first to receive news on Bark Europa's sailing plans.

My journey on the Bark Europa, short as it may have been, was an amazing one. The trip was a nice combination of relaxation and exercise. I also learned a lot about the ship and sailing it. I owe this experience to the crew members that were always enthusiastic and eager to explain everything.

Klaas

Cape to Cape 2022

This 52-day expedition is a real sailing trip that involves the crossing of the Drake Passage and the Atlantic Ocean, under sail whenever possible. During the many sailing days, you will be joining a watch system, keep Europa sailing 24/7 and take part in steering, lookout and sail handling. You will also enjoy the lecture program put together by our guides and crew. Some subjects covered during these talks are about the rigging, the lines, the different sails, navigation concepts and rope work.

During this epic adventure we will visit Antartica, South Georgia and Tristan de Cunha!

The Southern Atlantic Ocean is infamous for its roughness, hence the names: “Roaring Forties”, “Furious Fifties” and “Screaming Sixties” corresponding with the degrees of latitude. Sailing from island to island may take around 10 days and you will be able to experience all the aspects of seaman’s life.

The exact dates of the 2022 Cape to Cape are not yet available. If you want to stay up to date on the details of this voyage just sign on to our newsletter and you will be the first to receive news on Bark Europa's sailing plans.

The voyage was an experience few have or will ever have a chance to embrace. Doing such a long voyage brings so much more time to absorb the spirit of open ocean tall ship sailing as close as one can get historically.

Scott

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