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Scheveningen - Sevilla

Become a weathered sailor navigating the English channel, the Bay of Biscay and the coastlines of Spain and Portugal

  • 16
    days
  • 1640
    nautical miles
  • cost €1690,- p.p.
    4/6 person cabin
  • cost €1940,- p.p.
    2 person cabin

Wave Scheveningen goodbye from Europa's decks when you hoist the sails and head for the English Channel. Europa and her crew are famous for their impressive sight when entering or leaving the harbor. She will fly as many sails as weather allows and you can help make this goodbye to Scheveningen unforgettable. Hoist the yards and pull the sheets, set the headsails and off you go towards the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and Sevilla.

Leaving Scheveningen

The name Scheveningen was 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 inland behind the dunes.
On the coast, a small fishing village was established in the 12th century. 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 built, 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 built to sell the fish.

The harbor is still there today and Scheveningen has in the last couple of years increasingly become a hub for both sailors and surfers. With its long white beach and quiet sand dunes, and the bustling and international city of The Hague right next door, this location offers something for everyone.

Sailing European waters

After leaving the harbor the crew will prepare you for the coming two weeks of sailing a traditional square rigger. You will learn the ropes, learn how the climb the rigging and how to keep a steady course on the helm. 

Sailing the channel between England and France offers a diverse sight. The coast is visible at times and the white beaches and cliffs are a rare treat seen from the sea.
At night when you stand look-out, you must be sharp because the Channel is a very busy stretch of water, in fact, it is the busiest shipping areas in the world. Be Prepared to see ships of every size and shape. Their lights are visible from a distance and on look-out, you will help the officers on watch to navigate these waters safely. Sometimes the lights from other ships blend in with the many lights on land and this, together with the Northern stars and glowing phosphorescence in the water creates a magical light show at sea.

Exiting the English channel you will sail past île Ouessant, this island marks the north-westernmost point of France and officially lies in the Celtic Sea. The winds and currents around this headland can be challenging and this will be the perfect opportunity to practice all you've learned the past days. Sail handling in this area sometimes requires the complete crew on watch. Stand by the bunt- and clewlines and be ready to shorten sail!
From here you will sail towards the infamous Bay of Biscay. After sailing the channel you will find your surroundings will start to become quieter and the feeling of being truly out at sea will settle in. By this time you will be used to the routine on board and there will be time to help the permanent crew with traditional maintenance tasks and navigation. Working with leather, wood, metal, sailcloth, sextant, sea charts and all that is necessary and useful on board a traditional sailing vessel. During the day lectures will be held about the aspects of navigation, sail theory, maritime biology and many more. 

The Bay of Biscay has made a name for itself throughout history for its temperamental weather conditions. Parts of the continental shelf extend far into the bay, resulting in fairly shallow waters in many areas and thus the rough seas for which the region is known. On this voyage, we will not sail into the Bay of Biscay but pass it on our way south although some rough seas can be expected sailing in this region. 
Passing North-west Spain and sailing further south where Spain borders with Portugal. This coastline is an impressive sight and if the weather allows, this area is worth a visit. Nature, history, food, culture and the people in this region are wonderful and you will want to return to the small coastal villages and port cities full of color again. 

The waters will become warmer and the wind will fill the sails of Europa when you steer South East towards Sevilla. Maybe the warmth of these waters shared with the many dolphins will be experienced in full when we stop for an Atlantic Ocean swim. Although those dolphins and that lonely wale can be spotted best from the mast while unfurling the T'Gallants. 

After a good two weeks of sailing, you will arrive in Sevilla as a true weathered sailor with lots of newly acquired skills and memories to cherish.

Being a sailor 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.
In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.  

Arriving in Sevilla

Sevilla is a historic city situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. Seville is approximately 2,200 years old. The passage of the various civilizations has left the city with a distinct personality, and a large and well-preserved historical center. Its Old Town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. 
Sevilla is also the hottest major metropolitan area in Southwestern Europe, with summer average high temperatures of above 35 °C 

In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Sevilla for the first circumnavigation of the Earth.
Bark EUROPA's arrival in this city will mark the start of our voyages celebrating the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure.
To celebrate this historic moment of the first circumnavigation Bark Europa will be visiting this beautiful city together with some of her sister Tall Ships. The harbor will be an impressive and unforgettable sight. 

You will disembark the ship in Sevilla in the morning of the 18th of September at 09.00H. The City is worth exploring. Booking a hotel for the night after disembarkation is highly advisable to give yourself time to see the sights and to be well rested for your voyage home. 

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