Early July it is that time of year again: the famous tall ships and international crews gather in Europe to test their sailing skills and meet international friends during the Tall Ships Races!
Both at sea and in port the tall ships races are a real sailors' treat! During the race the ship and crew will be challenged to perform to the very best of their abilities in order to finish first. Sail racing is all about teamwork, excitement and strategic thinking for that one shared goal!
When you take time for a well-deserved break after a hands-on watch and enjoy the beautiful views together with your fellow shipmates, the inevitable questions will arise: Did we make the most tactical decisions? Will we cross the finish line as the fastest tall ship?
After arrival there is so much to see! In Fredrikstad a great variety of tall ships and small ships will be moored in port which you can visit during open ship hours. On the quay the crews of all different vessels, each with their own race experience and stories, will gather for crew sports event, the crew parade and the crew party!
Will you help us win this race? Get involved and inspired! It's an adventure that will give you great memories!
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 and or buoysin 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.
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, what ever the weather. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.
On July 5th you will be welcomed on board by our captain and crew, who will bring you to your cabin to start you getting to know Bark EUROPA. We will stay in port the first night and the next day we will join the other Tall Ships during the Sail Out. This is the moment to have a look at our competition for the race to come. After the start of the voyage we will race four days to Frederikstad, where we will join the Sail In on July 11th. The next day we will be in port and you will have the time to explore the city, before joining the Crew Parade and Crew Party. The next day it is time to say goodbye to your news shipmates and disembark EUROPA after breakfast.
The city of Aalborg is located around the narrowest point of the Limfjord. The first settlement dates back to Iron Age Vikings around 600 AD, and another to the 9th century.
Aalborg’s position in the limfjord made it an important harbour during the Middle Ages. The town grew due to royal trading privileges and the thriving herring fishing industry. At the beginning of the 19th century, the city lost its important position as a main trading port with Norway and the city came in decline. The prosperity of the city suffered due to a decline in the herring fishing.
Towards the end of the 19th century there was however an upturn, when the bridge over the Limfjord was completed in 1865. The city became connected by train and wealth came back to the city in the form of the production of tobacco, spirits, fertilisers and cement.
In the last 50 years the focus of the city has been shifting from industrialized to a more administrative focus. With its theatres, symphony orchestra, opera company, performance venues, and museums such as Aalborg Historical Museum and the Aalborg Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg is an important cultural hub.
Fredrikstad is a Norwegian town situated at the beginning of the same fjord as Norway's capital Oslo. The city was founded in the second part of the 16th century and the location was picked for its access to sea and open land surrounding it. The city was build a fortress, but fortification, but during the 18th century a new city centre was formed in a suburb on the other side of the river Glomma.
In the 1840’s the city was known for the export of timber and modern technology was introduced to the city with the build of several steam powered saws along the river. With the decline of the timber industry as a result of modernization, Frederikstad developed into an important maritime industrial centre. The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was born in a small town which is now part of the city of Frederikstad.Optional reservation Booking form