In September 2019 Bark EUROPA will depart from Sevilla to commemorate the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan. In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Sevilla for the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Set sail with us and celebrate the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure. We will leave from Sevilla, Spain and make our way South across the ocean and into the Strait of Magellan in Chile where we will arrive on December 12, 2019, in Punta Arenas. Europa will visit Puerto Williams and Cape Horn on our way to Antarctica. After visiting the white wilderness we will follow Magellan’s route again and sail the Pacific Ocean in early 2020.
On the 10th of August 1519, Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480 – 1521) started his voyage from Sevilla in Spain with a fleet of five ships called the Armada De Moluccas, in search of a western sea route to the Spice Islands in the East Indies. With this voyage, Magellan started the Spanish expedition that would prove long and exhausting. The ship Trinidad, commanded by Magellan, was the leading ship of a fleet of five. In September 1519 the fleet started their quest for the East from the port of Sanlucar de Barrameda and crossed the Atlantic Ocean. They reached Tenerife in the Canary Islands on September 26, 1519.
Just as 500 years ago this voyage will start in Sevilla. After embarking on board Bark Europa, we will have a day of excursions in this beautiful old city to find out all we can about the maritime history and the start of Magellan's adventurous expedition. In the evening, after you are settled in, we will enjoy our first meal on board together and prepare ourselves for the start of our own great adventure! Just as Magellan did, we will set sail from Sevilla the next day and sail towards Tenerife.
The usually favorable winds will push Europa towards Tenerife where you will meet the busy and popular sailing community on these sunny and green islands. Sailors from all around the world start or end their world voyages on these Islands, making the yacht harbors crowded with sailors and thus creating an exciting atmosphere on the Island.
After a stop in the Canary Islands, we sail to the Cape Verde Islands where the Magellan fleet has stopped at the end of the circumnavigation. Sailing in this part of the world is pleasant and the wind and currents are favorable and warm. The more south we sail, the temperatures will rise. During the voyage we sail about 150 miles off the coast of the Western Sahara with a favorable wind from north east.
From the Cape Verdian Islands we will cross the ocean for a journey along the coast of Brazil, just like Magellan. Although Magellan made a stop in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, we will sail further to Montevideo. With more than a month at sea, there is more than enough time to assist in sail handling, helping with daily maintenance projects, sailtraining, learning about (celestial) navigation, ocean winds and currents. At night, you can admire the spectacular starry skies.
After serious mutinies and several storms, Magellan's fleet left the bay of Rio de Janeiro in August 1520. They sailed along the coast of South America in search of a certain strait that would allow passage through South America to the East.
500 years later, bark EUROPA will follow his route into the Strait of Magellan to finish this trip in Punta Arenas. But before we cross the Strait, we will make a spectacular detour to the Falkland Islands/Las Malvinas.
This voyage combines the best aspects of a sailing expedition on Bark Europa. Enough days at sea to really learn the ropes and feel comfortable setting the sails. Time to fully dive into the sailing theory with the permanent crew and bring this to practice on the tough and unpredictable weather and sea conditions in this remote area. And so many days of exploring the Falklands!
From Montevideo it will be around 1200 nm of sailing before we arrive at the Falklands/ Las Malvinas. A beautiful start where our crew will learn you all about sailing a tall ship. You will be participating in the watchsystem and help our permanent crew to sail the ship to the Falklands/ Las Malvinas.
Once arrived at the Falklands/ Las Malvinas we will take you all the way around the island and you will have a lot of days to spend roaming the island with our guides and spotting its incredible wildlife. Spot Gentoo Penguins, Magellanic Penguins and a lone King Penguin with their chicks in their natural habitat, standing guard over their burrows. Spot the everpresent seabirds like the Kelp Geese, White Tufted Grebes, oystercatchers, petrels, and of course, the magnificent albatross. During zodiac expeditions to shore, you’ll be accompanied by many playful and curious Commerson's Dolphins and seals who like to show you the best way to go.
After ca 1,5 week of exploring we will set sail again accros the ocean towards Chile where we will sail into the straight of Magellan, reliving history again and ending our voyage finally in Punta Arenas.
For those who booked the full trip from Sevilla to Punta Arenas or combining two legs, it is possible to stay on board during the stopover in Sal and Port Stanley (Falklands) 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 30th of September until the 2nd of October. On the 2nd you will be welcomed on board again at 17.00 in the afternoon.
The same goes for our stop in Montevideo, you won't be able to stay on board. Please arrange accommodation in the city for 2 nights from the 14th of November until the 16th of November. On the 16th you will be welcomed on board again at 17:00H.
For those who have only booked one leg, it is not possible to stay an extra day on board.Optional reservation Booking form