Days of Yore
Bark Europa: 3 Antarctic trips in 2013-14
SCHEVENINGEN _ The 3-masted Europa will be sailing for the 12th time in Antarctic waters in 2013-14. The bark’s expeditions always lure sailing enthusiasts, photographers, wildlife and other outdoorsy types. In 2013-14, 3 different voyages have been scheduled to the Antarctic: a 34-day voyage starting in the Falklands and visiting South Georgia and the Weddel sea, a 22-day expedition from Ushuaia to Antarctica and a special trip of 59 days which brings you to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Atlantic Islands and Ascension.
In Antarctic waters, the Europa will anchor in sheltered bays every day. The crew will bring groups ashore in dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin colonies. Shore visitors will often be welcomed by thousands of different kinds of penguins.
A bit of history: The Europa was built in 1911 in Hamburg. It has seen service as a light ship and a stand-by vessel. In 1986, she was brought to the Netherlands where _ over a period of 8 years _ she was completely rebuilt and re-rigged as a 3-masted bark. She is unique. Since 1994, she has been sailing the world’s oceans. She carries a professional crew of 14 and up to 48 paying guests of all ages and nationalities. The ship aims for less traveled waters .Tall Ships enthusiasts, some with no sailing experience, take the wheel, hoist the yards or navigate. Each year there are different voyages on the schedule: Antarctica expeditions, Tall Ship Adventures, Tall Ships’ races and long ocean crossings.
Participating in sailing and running the Bark EUROPA is part of the overall experience on board. The level of participation will depend on your interest and physical condition. On deck you work together with the permanent crew. The watch system consists of joining the permanent crew for 4 hours, after which you will be off for 8 hours. Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with maneuvers, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling.