Have you always dreamt of crossing an ocean on board a square-rigged ship? Or have you perhaps sailed smaller boats for a long time and are eager to try something new? Maybe you have never sailed before but are looking for a new experience, far away from the routine of everyday life? There are many reasons why people choose to cross an ocean under sail. On board EUROPA, crew and trainees of different ages and nationalities, from different walks of life, come together, making each crossing unique.
This year, the EUROPA is spending the northern hemisphere summer in Canada, and will start her yearly voyage from north to south in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The first part of the journey back towards the white continent will take us across the equator to Salvador, Brazil, after which we will continue south to Montevideo, Uruguay.
The second leg of this voyage will take you from the historic city of Salvador to Montevideo, Uruguay. The first day(s) of this slightly shorter voyage (17 days) you will still enjoy the warmer North East trade winds, but further along the way ever changing weather systems will dominate the area. The Falkland-Current is responsible for this drop in temperature and rougher sea. The sailing will get more challenging and adventurous for what we need some serious hands on sailors!
In Salvador, we will put the last hands on preparing the EUROPA for the Southern Seas. During this 3 day stay it is possible for you to use the B&B facilities. This option is only for the people joining us all the way towards Montevideo. It is also possible to sail with us to Montevideo when you already made the Lunenburg to Salvador voyage. This combined voyage also has a combined price.
The EUROPA has been wandering the seas since the year 2000 and has a reputation for a ship that really sails. During this ocean crossing, you will experience that this reputation is more than true! The voyage’s main focus is on how to really sail a tall ship. You will enter another world hanging 100ft in the air when you climb the rig, high above the life on board. The most beautiful views will present themselves to you and they make it even harder for you to leave this little utopia.
Perhaps you are wondering what an ocean-crossing voyage on a tall ship like the EUROPA actually entails? First of all, spending a few weeks at sea will give you the chance to really get to know the ship and the secrets of sailing a square-rigger. With enough time on our hands, the sail training on these voyages will go beyond the basics, giving you a deeper understanding of sail theory, navigation, and other aspects of life at sea. At the end of the voyage, you and your fellow trainees will be able to set, strike, and trim the sails without instructions from the permanent crew.
A long ocean-crossing also involves being far outside mobile range and without internet connection for the larger part of the voyage. For many, this break from social media and constant connection comes to represent a well-needed breath of fresh air. Living and working closely together with your watch-mates will instead give you the opportunity to rediscover the human connection.
Spending weeks out on the open ocean will also give you the chance to witness stunning sunrises and sunsets, magical starry skies, and of course, the ocean in all its shapes and moods. Slowly travelling through the tropics from north to south, we will also be able to observe the changing night skies, climate and wildlife which the Atlantic Ocean has to offer. This unique experience will not only put you in closer touch with nature, but also allow for self-reflection and perspective.
On board the EUROPA you will find a collection of nationalities, and connects you to people with different cultures. Now you have friends all over the world who share the same experience with you and with whom you can exchange memories and new travel plans. All the sails and rigging have a Dutch name, but our crew will calm and patiently explain all the different lines to you and soon enough you read the once unclear collection of ropes as a child’s book.Optional reservation Booking form