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Montevideo - Falklands - Punta Arenas

Challange yourself, sail the southern ocean! Amaze yourself, spot the many colonies of sea birds on the Falklands.

  • 29
    days
  • 2200
    nautical miles
  • cost €3575,- p.p.
    4/6 person cabin
  • cost €4250,- p.p.
    2 person cabin

Experience all that sailing a square rigger has to offer when you sail from Montevideo to the Falklands and on to Punta Arenas. An exciting combination of multiple weeks of challenging sailing, exploring the Falklands, sailing the Strait of Magellan and the Chilean channels.    

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!

We will start the voyage in Montevideo, and where Magellan went South along the coast towards the Strait of Magellan, we will make a little detour to discover the beauty of the Falklands/ Las Malvinas before we enter into the Strait of Magellan. 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. 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.

You will never be truly alone on this passage, you’ll be surrounded by dolphins and many seabirds. Cape Petrels, White-chinned Petrels and albatrosses are your companions. Albatrosses are the best equipped for a permanent stay at sea, their territory is the open ocean. They love windy regions because they are unable to fly with little wind. On this passage, you will see albatrosses glide on the strong winds that are typical for this region. Expect to be called out on deck often to handle the sails in these, sometimes rough, conditions.

This voyage offers the possibility of disembarking on the Falklands after 16 days or sailing all the way in 29 days. Contact us if you would like to know more about disembark halfway at the Falklands.  

Leaving 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 battleground of opposing government groups. After a cease-fire, the city had time to develop and the city grew fast. Modern discoveries were added to the developing city, with the first electricity being installed in 1886 along with telephones and 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 with 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 is the brightly colored yellow and black taxi's which can be found all over town.

Exploring the Falklands

Situated between the latitudes of 51° and 53° south and 57° and 62° west in the South Atlantic Ocean, these Islands are something truly special. Imagine miles and miles of unspoiled breathtaking landscapes.
Here, the main occupants of the land are the birds. Thousands of them. Penguins, Albatrosses, terns and many more. You hear their calls and cries everywhere in this otherwise silent wilderness.

The Island falls away into the Southern sea with its steep cliffs, home to the Black Browed Albatross. Other cliffs are occupied by the Rockhopper Penguin colonies, also located several hundred feet above the ocean.  With thousands of individuals in the colony, there is constant traffic of penguins up and down the cliff, hopping from rock to rock as only a rockhopper knows how to hop!
This Island is not an easy place for many to live, but for the birds, this treeless landscape whipped by a biting Antartic wind is the only place to bring up their chicks and prepare them for a tough life at sea ahead.

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.

The archipelago consists of over 700 islands. The two main islands are East Falkland and West Falkland, with other smaller islands of varying sizes, some just tiny rocky outcrops or tussac-covered flatlands. East Falkland is home to the capital, Stanley, and most of the Island’s people. 

Coastline varies from rugged coastal cliffs to long miles of undisturbed white sand beaches interspersed with rocky headlands and large kelp forests. Many sheltered harbors are found around the coast. Hills, wide open plains and stone runs characterize different parts of the Islands. Mount Usborne on East Falkland is the highest peak at 705 meters (2,312 feet).

The Falklands have an oceanic climate with temperatures ranging from 25°c to -5°c. Prevailing westerly winds lower temperatures and have created a notable difference between the east and west both in terms of climate and flora. Islands of the west are significantly drier and experience more sunshine than those on the east. Higher rainfall on the east encourages the growth of ferns and tussac grass. A typical summer day will be windy with a blue sky and sunshine.

Being 'voyage crew' on Bark Europa

Onboard Bark Europa we call our guests 'voyage crew'. This means that Europa's permanent crew will train you to be a sailor. Unlike going on a cruise, on Bark Europa you will be going on a hands-on, active sailing adventure. You will be divided into three watches; Red watch, Blue watch and White watch, named after the colors of the Dutch flag. You will be 'on watch' for four hours after which you have eight hours of free time. 

 During your four hours on watch there will be different tasks that will be divided between the members of your watch. There will always be two people on helm duty. You will together, maintain a steady course on the helm. The crew will explain how to steer the ship and what to look out for. 
During the watch there will also be two people on look-out duty at all times. On the bow of the ship, you will stand look-out. You spot ships, buoys, debris, and icebergs in the water then communicate this to the officer on watch. 
The rest of the watch members will be on deck duty. The permanent crew will give you sail training and you will assist in all sail handling. This involves setting- and taking away the sails by hauling- and easing lines, climbing the rigging to furl or unfurl the sails. 

 The crew will instruct you how to work on deck and you will learn how to trim the sails to the directing of the wind. During deck duty, there is also time to assist the crew with the maintenance of the ship. This way you will learn how to work with traditional tools and methods. Woodworking, sailmaking, celestial navigation, and traditional rope- and rigging work will all be apart of your sailing voyage. The captains and officers of Bark Europa are easy to talk to and like to get involved in your sail training. They will explain traditional- as well as modern ways of navigation. They will organize and run you through safety drills and procedures. 

 During your eight hours 'off watch', there is time to rest and enjoy the scenery. You can read a book in the library or in the deckhouse. The bar will be open for a drink and a snack. The crew will be giving lectures on various subjects, from traditional sailors skills and knowledge to science and astronomy. 
During your time off watch, you can still assist the permanent crew and the voyage crew 'on watch' with sail handling and maintenance jobs. The galley team sometimes asks for a hand peeling potatoes or apples on deck so they can make yet another of their famous pies. 

In the deckhouse, there will be people playing games, reading books, listening to music, writing diaries and emails. Your off watch time is for you to fill in, you may do as little or as much as you would like. These hours are also for you to catch up on your sleep.

When you are setting sails, reading or working away on deck, in the galley they are always busy preparing meals to keep everyone well fed. Multiple course meals will be served three times a day with coffee and tea times in between, whatever the weather. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates. 

Celebrating 500th Anniversary of Magellan's historic adventures

On August 10, 1519, Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480 – 1521) started his voyage from Seville, Spain with a fleet of five ships called the Armada De Moluccas, in search for a western sea route to the Spice Islands in the East Indies.

Born in 1480 in Sabrosa, Portugal to a Portuguese nobility family, Magellan visited the Queen's court at a young age and heard many stories about the great Portuguese and Spanish rivalry for sea exploration. Intrigued by the stories about the Far East, Magellan developed an interest for maritime discovery.

About thirty years later, 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 ships. 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, and set sail to cross the ocean to Brazil. Magellan entered the bay of Rio de Janeiro on December 13 and reached Port San Julián on March 31, 1520. After serious mutinies and several storms, they left the same port 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 from Seville to Strait of Magellan and into the Pacific! After 500 years, 107-year-old Dutch Tall Ship Bark EUROPA is ready to commemorate the quest for new routes of Ferdinand Magellan. We will follow his footsteps from Seville, departing on 20 September 2019, via Tenerife and Cabo Verde to South America. We will cross the Strait of Magellan and arrive in Punta Arenas.

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