After the Tall Ship Race 2018 from Stavanger to Harlingen and a maintenance period the EUROPA will make a short visit to her homeport Scheveningen before she heads south again. Within four legs, from Scheveningen to Cascais, Tenerife and Cabo Verde, EUROPA will sail the Atlantic Ocean towards Montevideo, Uruguay. From this South American harbor we will start with another series of Antarctica expeditions. This voyage is a unique opportunity to truly experience life at sea. The crew tries to involve all trainees as much as possible in running and sailing the ship. When sailing you take part in a watch system. You can steer, navigate, be lookout, climb the masts, set sail, brace, do rope and canvas work and on long voyages bake bread and assist with the maintenance of this beautiful ship.
Scheveningen is our homeport where we try to come home to every two years. It's always a special feeling to be back again! Scheveningen has been a fishermen's village of origin and although the fishing industry has gradually decreased, the port of Scheveningen is still a lively business! Nowadays, there are different ports which makes it possible to enjoy recreational sailing, professional fishing, sport fishing next to freight transport. There are several restaurants, cafes and bars and the beaches makes Scheveningen a lively seaside resort. From Scheveningen we will set sail towards the English Channel and head south towards Cascais.
The port of Cascais is located 30 km from Lisbon and is the heart of what is called the Portuguese Riviera. The city made its fortune in the Middle Ages, when it transported fish and other goods to Lisbon.
At the end of the 19th century the Portuguese Royal Family constructed a summer residence in the city, where in 1878 the first electrical light of Portugal was installed. Following the Royal Family several other noble families had mansions build in the city, which are still present and can be seen when wandering through the town.
The Canary Islands are an archipelago of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is the largest and most popular island of the seven Canary Islands. On the island you can find the third highest volcano in the world; Teide volcano at 3,718 meters. A climb up the mountain will give you exceptional views over the island.
From the 14th century onwards, numerous visits were made by sailors from Mallorca, Portugal and Genoa. In 1402 the Castillian conquest began, with the expedition of French explorers to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and El Hierro. The natives of other islands resisted the invaders for almost a century. Tenerife was the last island that was conquered and incorporated into the Kingdom of Castile.
The Spanish enslaved many of the natives of whom many died of new infectious diseases. Many of Tenerife’s pine forests were cleared to make fields for crops such as sugar cane, wine grapes, cochineal and plantains. The islands became an important stopping point for Spanish traders on their way to the New World. This brought quite some prosperities to the islands.
However, the crops-based economy of the islands faced competition of Spain’s American colonies, which caused some severe recessions on the islands. During the 18th, 19th and 20th century, many families emigrated to the New World due to fewer economic possibilities and the relative isolation of the islands. After the establishment of a democratic constitutional monarchy in Spain, autonomy was granted to the Canaries in 1982.
After our visit to the Canary Islands we leave the European continent behind and head south towards the African Cabo Verde islands. This will be our last stop before EUROPA turns her bow and heads west to Montevideo.
The islands of Cabo Verde are situated in the Atlantic Ocean, over 600 kilometers west of Senegal at approximately 16 degrees North. Cabo Verde consists of 9 inhabited and a few uninhabited islands.
Cabo Verde was discovered by Portuguese navigators in 1456. After the foundation of the first permanent European settlement in the tropics of Ribeira Grande in 1462 was established, the islands became an important station in the transatlantic slave trade. However, the islands’ prosperity brought also unwanted attention in the form of many pirates.
From the 18th century onwards, deforestation and overgrazing resulted in many droughts. To escape hunger, many people left the islands and migrated to New England to work on American whaling ships. Only after the fall of the dictator Salazar, Cabo Verde gained its independence in 1975.
Cabo Verde has a tropical climate. The sea temperature stays around 25 degrees Celsius and the often-strong trade winds originate from the northeast. It rarely rains and the bright sun shines constantly. On some days the fine dusty desert sand limits the sunlight (and even your sight). All islands are volcanic, but at the same time the terrain varies widely. The landscape consists of steep terrace fields with bananas and coffee plantations, sand deserts, black volcano’s and a fierce deep blue ocean. On some of the islands rare seabirds can be found. The waters are full of fly-fish, tuna, sea turtles and whales.
After just over a month at sea it is high time to stretch those sea legs on shore. After a voyage full of adventures with doldrums, swimming, lunch on deck, nice sailing, climbing the rigging and steering the ship the EUROPA arrives at Montevideo.
Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. The city was founded by Spanish troops as a means to counter the maritime power of Buenos Aires in the region. Halfway through the 19th century the city was the battle ground of opposing government groups. After a cease fire, the city had time to develop and the city grew fast. Modern discoveries where added to the developing city, with the first electricity being installed in 1886 along with telephones and a train service.
The city is located along the estuary of Rio de la Plata, which is around 200 km wide at the location of the city. Along this estuary, you can also find world's longest sidewalk, 13,7 km long! The natural bay on which the city is located is situated in such a way that also for road transport Montevideo is an important stop between Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre in Brazil. One of the most popular places in the city is the Mercado del Puerto, the old harbor market in the Ciudad Vieja, where a lot of bars and restaurants are located.
Today the city does no longer have its once revolutionary railroad, but it has a bus service which drives all around town. Another option are the brightly colored yellow and black taxi's which can be found all over town.
For those who booked the full trip from Scheveningen to Montevideo, or combining two legs, it is possible to stay on board during the stopover in Cascais and in Sal on a breakfast-only basis.
During the days between two legs the crew will take care of cabin cleaning, taking in new stores and will be busy with custom procedures and maintenance. The careful attention that the crew want to give to our voyage crew will therefore be limited during those days.
After breakfast all guests will therefore be brought to shore, which is a good opportunity to stretch those sea legs and explore the towns and islands. No lunch or dinner will be served and after dinner you will all be welcomed back on board!
However, during our stop in Tenerife, you can’t stay on board. Please arrange accommodation on the island for 2 nights from the 27th September until the 29th of September. On the 29th you will be welcomed on board again at 17.00 in the afternoon.
For those who have only booked one leg, it is not possible to stay an extra day on board.Optional reservation Booking form