Bark EUROPA is sailing home!
Embarking in the French port of Rouen, we will set sail for the Liberty Tall Ship Regatta. Racing across the Northsea and through the English Channel we will compete with an international fleet of Tall Ships to arrive in our home port first. Join and sail home with us!
Rouen is a French city which can be reached by sailing up the Seine River. The city is the capital of the Normandy region and was one of the richest cities during the Middle Ages.
The city was founded by a Gaulish tribe and was already important during Roman times. In 841 A.D. the city was overrun by Vikings, but the foundations of the Roman amphitheater and thermae can still be found today. Due to its favorable location on the river, the city prospered and gained richer as the textile industry grew, along with the export of wine and wheat to England.
In 1431 the city was the stage for a very known moment in history, the trial and burning of Joan of Arc. During this time the city was the capital of the English power in occupied France and most of the residents supported the enemies of Joan, who had her executed. The harbor of Rouen has always been important for the development and wealth of the city. Goods were exported to and from whole of Europe and from the 16th century the port became the main French port for trade with the New World, mostly Brazil.
During the First World War Rouen was used by the British as a supply base and there were many military hospitals.
In the Second World War, almost half of the city was destroyed, by both German and allied forces. German troops did not allow firemen to extinguish the fire around Rouen Cathedral, which burned for 48 hours. The Cathedral and other monuments were also severely damaged by allied bombings.
While EUROPA is in Rouen the city will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of occupied territory in Northwestern Europe.
The name Scheveningen is first used in 1280 but the origin of the name and the first inhabitants of the village are not entirely sure. The location specified with the name lies a bit away from the sea, more inlands behind the dunes.
On the coast a small fishing village was establisched in the 12th century and this spot was first called Scheveningen in a document from 1357, when the inhabitants asked a favor of the count who ruled the land. Just like the other villages along the coast, Scheveningen had no harbor and the vessels landed on the beach with their catch. The settlement was only protected by natural dunes and once in a while heavy storms were able to flood it and sweep away the buildings.
In 1655 the fishing village became connected to The Hague by a road, replacing the sand path which used to be the only way between the two places. Now the village and the beach were better reachable and it became a popular place for people from the city. Some of the more wealthy citizens built vacations homes along the way.
In 1818 the first bathhouse was build, which was back then only a small wooden building. This was swiftly replaced by a building with a central part and two side buildings. This proved too small quickly and in 1884 the construction started on the Kurhaus. This building, in Italian Renaissance style burned down the next year, but rebuilding started right away and the new building still exists today.
A heavy storm in 1894 was the starting point of construction work on a harbor. It was finished 10 years later and the traditional flat bottomed ships were replaced by herring luggers. Herring becomes the main catch of the fleet, and soon an auction location was build to sell the fish.
The harbor is still there today and will this year for the first time welcome an international fleet of tall ships. Scheveningen is the final stop in the Liberty Tall Ship Regata, which will be the starting point for a 3 day sail event.
Embarkation is June 15th, at 17:00h. That night we will stay in port, and the next day we will join the other Tall Ship during the Sail Out. First we have to sail down the river Seine to the port city of Le Havre, after which the Regatta will start on June 17th. Joined by a fleet of international Tall Ships we will race across the North Sea towards our home port Scheveningen where we will be welcomed on June 20th during the Sail In. On June 21st there is the traditional Crew Parade and Crew Party with all the trainees who participated in the Regatta. The next morning it is time to say goodbye to everyone and disembark the ship.Optional reservation Booking form