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52 Day Cape Horn to Cape Town:- Antarctica Peninsula, South Georgia & Tristan Da Cuhna

Europa’s Antarctica 2020 – 21 Antarctic Season has recently opened for booking applications. The cabin allocations for early applicants has already begun, but the process is quite complex to check medical considerations and get a good mix of crew with different ages and abilities on each voyage. The voyages will be marked as full, only when all applicants have been approved and deposits paid, so there is still a chance to gain a place.

If you are considering these voyages we strongly recommend you submit your application swiftly. If you are offered a berth, you are not committed until you decide to pay the 30% deposit.

There is a separate landing fee for South Georgia (approx £205) and Tristan Da Cunha (approx £40) to UK Government

Embark
Sun, 07-03-2021 - 17:00
Ushuaia
Disembark
Tue, 27-04-2021 - 09:00
Cape Town
Duration
52 Days
Vessel
Europa
Voyage No.
EU070321

Berths and voyage availability

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Europa - 52 Day Cape to Cape - no day to day itineraries

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Sailors who to experience Antarctica and South Georgia, the Southern Ocean, and sail a square rigger between continents with as little fossil fuel as possible. Adventurers with a sense of history who want to explore Antarctica in an authentic way, as close to their polar heroes as possible. Wildlife enthusiasts and wilderness lovers who want to see penguins, whales and seals in a pristine wilderness and tread lightly on the planet by travelling under sail as much as possible. Experienced sailors who want the ultimate adventure and a chance to test their mettle in some of the wildest seas on the planet and go aloft with a backdrop of mountains, glaciers and icebergs. Island baggers who want a chance to land on Tristan Da Cuhna and numerous Antarctic and Sub Antarctic islands.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Extended time in Antarctica and South Georgia
  • Over 5000 miles sailing in Southern Ocean
  • downwind roller coaster, epic seas and albatrosses
  • Antarctic waters with a small crew 
  • Guest Crew and Professional crew working side by side
  • cabins with heating and WC and shower ensuite
  • zodiac safaris around icebergs and ice cliffs
  • snowy walks for great views into the wilderness
  • shorelines packed with penguins and seals
  • Good opportunities to see different whale species
  • possible landing on Tristan Da Cuhna
  • Warmer water sailing towards Cape Town

Ultimate Antarctic & South Georgia Adventures Under Square Rig

If you want to combine hardcore sailing in the Southern Ocean and Weddell Sea with expeditions ashore to wildlife-rich Antarctic islands on both sides of the Antarctic Peninsula then the Bark Europa longer voyages may be your ultimate tall ship adventure.

The jewel of the South Atlantic is the mountainous island of South Georgia. This sub-Antarctic oasis sits just beyond the winter sea ice so it is the favourite breeding spot for fur seals, elephant seals, king penguins, and millions of seabirds and albatrosses. Europa Antarctic seasons are usually designed to offer one or sometimes two South Georgia expeditions.  

South Georgia by tall ship - Two different expeditions

Bark Europa typically has two different routes to extend your Antarctic adventure into more remote parts of the Southern Ocean and the famous sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.

  • 34 day - Falklands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula & back to South America
  • 52 day - The Cape to Cape Expedition - South America - Cape Horn - Antarctic - South Georgia - Trista Da Cuhna - South Africa

The 2020-21 Dates for Antarctica and South Georgia were released on 23rd October 2019. See the current long voyages to South Georgia below. 

They fill up within days of release, but sometimes cancellation places appear. Sign up for our e-newsletter in the footer and we will keep you up to date.

Current South Georgia Voyages

 

 

Photo by Debbie Purser. Crossing the Weddell Sea on Bark Europa
Photo by Debbie Purser. Crossing the Weddell Sea on Bark Europa

OPTION 1: Cape Horn - Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea, South Georgia - Cape Town

Option 1 is this voyage description.

This epic 52 day voyage on Bark Europa is known as Cape to Cape (Cape Horn to Cape Town), and much coverted by professional and amateur sailors, bird watchers, wildlife lovers, photographers and tall ship enthusiasts from all over the world. 

Whilst there are plenty of zodiac safaris and beach landings, stunning anchorages and intricate pilotage amongst icebergs, fjords and islands, there is also a lot of sailing: Over 5500 miles of Southern Ocean sailing - mostly downwind in the infamous Roaring Forties, Furious Fifties and even sixties latitudes travelling in the right direction for square riggers like Europa to really 'crack on'.

Big Bergs and tall ship Europa

In the Wake of Shackleton

After exploring both sides of the Antarctic Peninsula, Europa sets off from near Elephant Island and replicates the 800 mile iceberg strewn route that Shackleton took in an open boat (The James Caird was a ship's lifeboat with sail and oar) to get rescue from the whaling communities on South Georgia.  Today the whaling stations are rusty ruins in otherwise pristine wildlife heaven. The mountains are snowy and awe-inspiring, lenticular clouds form above the summits and the beaches are so crammed with wildlife it is hard to cross them.  Europa typically spends about a week exploring South Georgia Anchorages and setting sail between them.

And there is more.....After South Georgia the ship heads North East across the South Atlantic and will try to visit and land on the unique British outpost Tristan Da Cuhna on the way to Cape Town. Whether we can land is always a bit touch and go and sometimes we have to sit out a couple of days of rock and roll, waiting for the swell to be safe enough to land, but we are always well received by the locals and have even joined them for a game of golf.

South Georgia - Larsen Fjord in a heat wave
South Georgia - Larsen Fjord in a heat wave

OPTION 2: South Georgia first, & across Iceberg Alley to the Antarctic Peninsula

A slightly shorter voyage option (just over a month) for experiencing the wildlife wonders of South Georgia, still includes some challenging Southern Ocean sailing. Europa offers this slightly shorter Antarctic and South Georgia combination without having to cross the whole South Atlantic.

In 2020 Europa typically starts this 34 day expedition by setting sail from the warmer waters of the Falklands towards South Georgia. This allows a gentle temperature transition from pleasant sailing temperatures to air temperatures around 0-8 degrees Centigrade as you cross the Antarctic Convergence Zone into Antarctica proper. As the Falklands sit in the Roaring 40's you have decent sailing winds from the start, to a wilder rollercoaster as you move through the Roaring Forties. If you have always wanted to see Albatrosses this is the voyage leg to stay on deck. Wandering Albatross, Black brows, Sooty Albatross, Petrels....all showing off dynamic soaring between the often huge ocean swells.

After an incredible week exploring South Georgia with Europa's wildlife guides,the ship sets off South towards the edge of the Antarctic Continent. Hoping to catch the Polar Easterlies across the Weddell Sea to the East side of the Peninsula, you are now in the territory of really big icebergs, as they break off the Larsen Ice Sheet. Land in special places like Paulet Island with thousands of Adelie Penguins before trying to navigate through the Antarctic Sound to the other side of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Classic destinations like Astrolabe Island or swimming in the steaming crater of Deception are waiting for you if the weather is right.  The sad bit is leaving South Shetland Islands for Patagonia. You may catch polar fever and be back again.

34 Day South Georgia-Antarctic Voyage

OPTION 3: I just want to See Penguins and Steer a Tall Ship

If these longer voyages sound a bit too epic, then We also have 22 day Antarctic Expeditions with less ocean sailing. You just have to hang on tight across the Drakes Passage for about 3 days and the ship can tuck in behind the South Shetland Isles. For the rest of your Antarctic adventure on Europa the sailing is in daylight only, mostly flat waters, narrow fjords and the weather is generally stable high pressure, blue and sunny.  By the time you have to sail back to Tierra del Fuego, you will be feeling more nautical and you can enjoy the albatrosses once more.

Read more about the Antarctic Peninsula only as a sailing destination.

22 day Antarctic Voyages 

helming with help from a friend
Team effort: Michelle from France and Clare from Oz

VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

This Longer 52 day Antarctic Expedition on Europa is really two major expeditions with numerous landings in the South Shetland Isles, Antarctic Peninsula and the mountainous wildlife oasis of South Georgia. It is also quite a challenge as you will be on board a sailing ship as participating crew for 55 days involving some pretty hardcore sailing. It is 800 miles between the Antarctic and South Georgia. After exploring the anchorages of South Georgia you then start an ocean passage across the whole South Atlantic, with no guarantee that a landing on Tristan Da Cuhna half way will be possible. You need to love open ocean sailing and revel in its beauty and elemental power.

Wildlife for real - This is raw nature 

If you have been captivated by BBC Wildlife programmes like Frozen Planet, be prepared to be blown away by the boldness and sheer numbers of wild creatures that inhabit Antarctica and the rich seas that surround it. With modern digital cameras and wildlife that is totally unfazed and curious about humans, it is surprisingly easy to take wildlife photos as good as the professionals. 

Europa is less than 50 metres on deck and  is tiny vessel compared with modern expedition ships with only about 2 m freeboard (distance from deck to water) in the middle of the ship, so when a humpback whale pops his head up to look at you they are damn close and you can feel the spray. You could be sipping a cup of coffee when a fur seal does a back flip right next to you or a skua waddles down the deck looking for trouble.

Sound of silence under Sail

The experience is even better if there is enough room and wind to sail silently between ice floes, with nothing to disturb the wildlife other than our visual presence.  Whales seem to have a strange affinity for sailing ship hulls. I think it might be because there is no engine noise and the hull travels at a similar speed and lifts and plunges a bit like a sea creature, unlike expedition cruise ships in open waters.

Captain's that spend their life on open decks (instead of wheelhouses bristling with plotters and radar screens) are beedy eyes scouring the horizon for cetaceans and are often first to spot whales, and identify what type from the blow characteristics.   In the rigging is great for taking photos and you can see where the next whale, leopard seal or penguin is going to surface. The bowsprit is an easier vantage point if you don't have a head for heights.

Adelie Penguins - wild and free
Adelie Penguins - wild and free

 

Zodiac Safaris and Beach Landings

Europa has 3 ships boats (two rubber zodiac's with steel floors and a solid open lifeboat - all with powerful engines). The crews are used to getting crews ashore on surf swept beaches or finding a natural rock dock. Beach landings can be very entertaining with crowds of fur seals and penguins entering and leaving the surf around you. Your ships guide will be with you ashore and brief you on what to see and how to behave around very curious animals ashore. 

Protecting Antarctica as an Ecosystem

Antarctica is one of the oldest continents on our planet, but humans have always been unable to live here because of its extremely cold climate. It is the last great wilderness on Earth. The wildlife is fearless of humans so you can end up incredibly close to creatures going about their daily lives in the frozen planet. There are rules for tourists on how to behave near the wildlife to maintain this happy state of affairs....but penguins and elephant seals have not read the rules! 

Europa is a very active member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators). This member organisation of ships approved to explore Antarctica has a principle aim to protect Antarctica from the impacts of human activity. The members meet annually and share detailed information on their activities with the Antarctic Treaty Parties and work collaberatively with scientific institutions. In particular the long term environmental monitoring of the impact of the human visitors to the zone. 

New measures come out all the time to protect this vulnerable wilderness. Recent changes include - drone photography which is now banned for recreational use. Part of the reason why we no longer suggest day to day itineraries is so ships can vary their routes and once popular hotspots are given a break so the wildlife does not get habitualised to human company.

Europa has always embraced the concepts of responsible travel and put them into practice. 

Zoom lenses get you close to wildlife -but you don't need one this big
You don't need a lense this big

Penguins

All penguin species are restricted to the Southern Hemisphere, but the greatest concentrations are on Antarctic coasts and sub Antarctic islands; On the Peninsula Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins are the most common. Near the colder Weddell Sea we also find Adelie and Emperor Penguins, although the Emperor penguin is seen more rarely.

On the island of  South Georgia you will see King Penguins in their millions and Macaroni Penguins with the tufted crest. Check out our pages on South Georgia as the climate is warmer, the island is not completely surrounded by sea ice in winter and supports a broader range of wildlife and becomes the breeding ground for a large number Southern Ocean species of birds and mammals.

Chinstrap Penguins in South Shetland
Chinstrap Penguins in South Shetland. photo by Debbie Purser

Seabirds

The Antarctic waters support a vast variety of seabirds. Only a few species are adapted to breed regularly on the continent. Skuas are widespread and prominent in the Antarctic. They prey heavily on the eggs and chicks of penguins and small petrels. Also prions, fulmars, and shearwaters are often seen, as well as terns, sheathbills, and two species of cormorants. Europa has to be very careful at night as the lights of the ship can attract birds which can stun or injure themselves in the rigging. In some anchorages we have to put the metal shutters on the deck house windows at night and rescue any surprised birds for re launch in the morning light.

Albatrosses are not found down around the Antarctic Peninsula but you will find them in the Drakes Passage and on the Falklands and South Georgia.

skua cruising for eggs in South Shetland Penguin colonies
skua cruising for eggs in South Shetland Penguin colonies

New Southern Ocean Wildlife Sanctuaries

In 2017 the first Antarctic Ocean Wildlife Sanctuary was created in the Ross Sea and pressure groups and sympathetic Governments are pressing for another in the Weddell Sea and around the Antarctic Peninsula. If you want to add your name to the campaign you can check out Greenpeace Antarctic Sanctuary Campaign 

Fish and krill in the Antarctic are important components of the marine ecosystems. Factory size ships can hoover up krill in huge quantities in the Southern Ocean which can have a devastating effect on the whole ecosystem. Krill is a major prey for higher predators, including the baleen whales, as the Humpback, Minke and Fin Whale.

peaceful wilderness

Whales and Dolphins

Antarctic in the Southern hemisphere summer is a rich feeding ground for whales. Humpbacks make a regular appearances with acrobatics and feeding frenzies. They also seem to like Europa and have great fun diving under the ship and coming up to eye ball you. and huge fin whales occasionally cruise on by. The Orca or Killer Whale tends to hunt and live in small pods and a sighting is a major highlight....although a bit scarey if you are in an inflatable boat. 

Dueling Elephant seals, Penguin tossing leopard seals, and more

The seals in Antarctica are awesome and sometimes come a bit too close. Depending on the species seals feed on fish and squid or krill. The Leopard Seal is a predator of penguins and other seals. It seems to revel in the chase, often tossing penguins and then snatching them again.

Fur seals are everywhere and very different from the seals we see in Europe. Muscular and fast they can porpoise out the water like dolphins and love to do back flips. There are thousands breeding on South Georgia and walking across the beaches between harems can be quite challenging with huge beach master males fighting with young pretenders. The Ships guides teach you how and where to walk and how to be assertive enough to scare off any fur seal that makes a charge at your kneecaps. 

Elephant seals are the huge mountains of blubber that are easily mistaken for a rock. Never go between them and the waters edge as they can move quite fast. The males have huge proboses (noses) and fight each other in the breeding season. The females are smoother and quite cute looking.

Weddell Seals can be found out on the ice flows.

Seals can leave the water and move on dry land to breed, rest and moult.

sex wars. males fighting over female seal
sex wars. males fighting over female seal

The big difference between Antarctica and South Georgia is Flora

The greater part of the Antarctic continent is covered by permanent ice and snow. Less than 1% is available for colonisation by plants. Most of this ice and snow free land is found along the Antarctic Peninsula. There are no trees or shrubs and only two species of flowering plants; Antarctic Hairgrass and Antarctic Pearlwort are found. The vegetation is predominantly made up of lower plant groups (mosses, liverworts,lichens and fungi).

On South Georgia there are coarse grasses, kelp in the ocean, mosses.

plants on South Georgia
plants on South Georgia

Antarctic Wildlife in Specific Regions

Drakes Passage & Southern Ocean Wildlife

In the Beagle Channel, Drakes Passage and South Atlantic you will be accompanied by many types of albatross (e.g. Black browed Albatross, Wandering Albatross), cape petrels, white chinned petrels and tiny Wilson’s storm petrels – soaring low over the waves and circling the ship. We can help you identify these impressive birds of the Southern Ocean and Europa has a good reference library too..

The sea temperature dips as you cross the Antarctic Convergence Zone and the likelihood of seeing icebergs increases and lookout duty becomes both a joy and a worry. Fortunately between 59 and 61 degrees latitude south the summer nights are short and the adrenalin of looking for looming white bergs keeps most lookouts warmer ! As the seas around Antarctica are rich in krill sightings of Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Sperm Whales, Orcas and Commaren’s Dolphins are all likely possibilities.

Drakes Passage Birdlife - Photo Valery Vasilevskyi
Drakes Passage Birdlife - Photo Valery Vasilevskyi

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands Wildlife

There are less flying birds in Antarctica compared with the breeding cliffs of South Georgia, but this is more than compensated by the penguin antics.  South Shetland Islands are famous for Elephant seals, colonies of chinstrap and gentoo penguins, patrolling leopard seals and killer whales.  Giant petrels breed and skuas fly over the pengiun colonies looking for unattended eggs.  This is a land of life, death and survival of the fittest.  See penguins and seals in their element as they porpoise alongside the ship, easily overtaking us and showing us the way ashore. 

On anchor watch in the moonlight listen to the penguins - a sound that will never leave you, and the barks and howls of fur seals.  Ice often tinkles along the hull with a slight current or movement from a glacier carving.

Chinstrap Penguins in South Shetland
Chinstrap Penguins in South Shetland

Antarctic Peninsula 

The West side of the Peninsula has many possibilities for landings. The actual process of getting ashore by dinghy and staying dry is an adventure in itself. Sometimes it is just as much fun to go on a zodiac safari and not even set foot on land. Astrolabe Island, Trinity Island with its stranded icebergs in a rocky gorge, or cruising under the glacier ice walls in Nekko harbour all have their thrills and wildlife sightings.

Nekko Harbour is often the first chance to stand on the Great White Continent. At least 5 glaciers feed a constant supply of ice into the fjord so Europa at anchor will make a great photograph.

Deception Island is a live volcano with steaming black gravel around a sunken caldera. This was a whaling station but the buildings and oil vats are now derelict and home to seals. The scene is errie in the swirling mists and you can take a dip if your are brave.

There are some Scientific Research Bases of all nationalities that you can visit. Port Lockroy is a historic British Base and a post office. The mountains here are steep and some of the most dramatic sea passages can get blocked with wind blown ice, so plans can change rapidly.

We are sure Europa will find some new places to anchor too.

Elephant Island to South Georgia

It is rare that conditions permit a landing on Elephant Island but it feels fitting to sail close to it as a mark of respect for Shackleton's crew, before setting off for South Georgia.This is where Shackleton and a few from the survivors of the Endurance set off in the ships lifeboat 'The James Cairn' to find help. Follow in the wake of James Caird sail Tecla 800 miles across iceberg strewn Southern Ocean to South Georgia.

Every day at sea is different. We will learn to see the difference between the Black browed Albatrosses and Light-mantled Albatrosses. Nature decides the daily work on board. It forces us to adjust the self-image of the human being and that can be very refreshing. Then, on the horizon the ice-covered mountains of this Sub Antarctic Island will be visible.

Please note there is a landing fee for South Georgia (price set by the UK Government) which is payable in advance, the price will be confirmed to you well before your voyage starts. It was about £205 pounds last season

landing on Salisbury Plain, South Georgia
landing on Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

Introducing South Georgia - Antarctic Wildlife Oasis 

One of the most prolific places for wildlife on the planet, South Georgia remains sea ice free on part of her coast so almost every Antarctic sea creature and bird comes to this mountainous island to breed.

Europa usually spends about a week to explore the rough landscape of the island. South Georgia offers many spectacular places to land. The wildlife species in each location are well known as birds and seals return each year to breed on this Sub Antarctic Island. The ice free seas through the winter enable them to feed in the rich seas.

Check out our Sea Journals from previous 52 day trips to see some of the uninhabited places the ship has visited along the more sheltered North coast and some of the amazing walks.

Sea Journal - Past Landings in South Georgia

 

Wandering Albatross on Prion Island. Photo Debbie Purser
Wandering Albatross on Prion Island. Photo Debbie Purser

There area few places that the ship is sure to visit on every visit to South Georgia

Stromness - Shackleton's salvation

Shackleton landed on the more inhospitable side of the island and with 2 colleagues had to climb over the 2000 metre mountain chain and down the other side to find other humans at Stromness Whaling Station. You might have time to walk some of his trek on the some of the lower mountain slopes with your guide ( the ship can sail around from Fortuna Bay to Stromness to pick you up.

Grytviken Whaling Museum

There is even a jetty here so you might be able to moor up for a change. You can wander the deserted Norwegian Grytviken whaling station. The Whaling musuem is run by volunteers and there is a small shop to buy your souvenirs. Relics and memorabilia from the Antarctic whaling industry are preserved. Its well worth to visit the romantic whaling church dating from 1913. The graves of the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Wild are here so you can toast their courage with more understanding of what they have gone through now you have sailed the same waters. The whole bay is rich in penguins, fur seals, and elephant seals who come very close, so you need to be vigilant not to upset them or accidentally tread on them.

Norwegian chapel at Gryitviken whaling station.
Norwegian chapel at Gryitviken whaling station.

Ship Wrecks & Katabatic Winds

Whilst many of the habours look perfect little havens, the winds can rustle down the mountains. Look for lenticular clouds on the mountain summits and beware sudden katabatic winds. There are constant reminders here of a ships fate it they drag their anchor.

One of the most beautiful shipwrecks is in Ocean Harbour. She is a fully rigged ship and was one of the first to be built in steel. The ‘Banyard’ was constructed in 1864 in Liverpool and in her we clearly see the conversion from wood to steel built ships. In that time many people didn’t believe in modern steel. Other wrecks in South Georgia include the ‘Brutus’ (1883) in Prince Olav Harbour and the wooden ‘Louise’ in Grytviken. Blue eyed shag gratefully use this industrial monument as a place to built there nest. Ashore between the wallowing elephants seals we find an old locomotive which was used by the whalers to transport tran oil and other cargo back and forth between the station and the dock.

 

Ocean Passage to Cape Town 

Slanting across the Westerlies on a fast reach towards Tristan da Cuhna means the weather gets warmer.  You might even feel like sandals on deck. This remote Island has a small community living here that loves to meet the rare visiting ship. The swell makes it difficult to land here, but it is a pretty special stamp on your passport if you do.

Roll on down the Westerlies towards Cape Town.

 

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

South to the Antarctic Peninsula you cross the Antarctic convergence zone and seas drop to zero degrees. Air temperatures and wind chill can feel very cold but often warmer than a high altitude ski resort in Europe.

Antarctica to South Georgia - Could be very big seas but sea and air temperatures will be above freezing.

South Georgia to Tristan Da Cuhna - getting warmer but remains very windy most the time.

Read our website page on Antarctic climate and weather conditions

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

watch change at 8am
watch change at 8am

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

 

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

We have written a recent article on 'How Agile do I need to be for Antarctica?'

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks but you can buy beer and wine from a bar on board
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

 

Ushuaia, Argentina

Latest port updates

For joining your vessel in Ushuaia, it is likely that you will be meeting your ship at the Puerto de Ushuaia. 

The ships exact location in port is often controlled by the port authorities and they will only allocate a docking position a few days before. You will be informed as soon as possible of their exact joining location.

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

How to get here

Air & transfers

The normal route from Europe is an international flight to Buenos Aries. This arrives at Ezeiza (EZE) International Airport (also known as Ministro Pistarini Airport). You will need to transfer to Jorge Newbery domestic airport / areoparque on the other side of the city and take a 3.5 hr internal flight from Buenos Airies to Ushuaia – with the main Argentinian airline Aerolineas Argentinas. See more details below.

Flight Information from Classic Sailing

Email: classic.sailing@flightcentre.co.uk

Phone: 0800 188 4533

Flights from Europe To Buenos Aires

Direct flight time from the UK is typically 13 hours. Going via a European city takes about 16hrs.
There is more choice of flights for Europe – Buenos Aries to choose from, compared with the availability on internal flight to Ushuaia so check Aerolineas Argentinas times with seats first.

Flights from North America

Direct flights to Buenos Aries and a few west coast routes via Santiago in Chile but I think you then need to fly across Andes to Buenos Aries and then down, so sounds more expensive ?

Flights from Australia, New Zealand & South Africa
Aerolineas Argentinas and Quantas fly from Sydney via Auckland to Buenos Aries.
South African Airways flys from Johannesburg to both Buenos Aries.

Internal Flights from Buenos Aries to Ushuaia

The normal route from Europe is an international flight to Buenos Aries. This arrives at Ezeiza (EZE) International Airport (also known as Ministro Pistarini Airport). You will need to transfer to Jorge Newbery domestic airport / areoparque on the other side of the city and take a 3.5 hr internal flight from Buenos Airies to Ushuaia – with the main Argentinian airline Aerolineas Argentinas. There is no train route and the distance down the length of Argentina is vast. If you plan to do a Che Gevara motorbike epic please leave plenty of time!

Transfers between Airports

It is not difficult to transfer between airports in Buenos Aries. You have two options – bus or taxi.
Bus: buy your ticket from Manuel Tienda Leon Transport Company. They have a desk inside the Ezeiza International Airport. The bus trip takes 1.5 hrs with a stop at the Manuel Tienda Leon company office downtown before proceeding to Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport.

We recommend you book a taxi inside the airport and beware of private car owners / unauthorised taxis offering lifts outside the airport.

Ushuaia Airport into town

Ushuaia is a busy travel hub but a relatively safe place, even if you arrive at night. People you meet are all nationalities and generally very helpful and practical, as you would expect from a frontier town and discerning eco tourist destination. The taxi from Ushiaia airport to town / waterfront is only 10 mins and about 15 pesos. Bark Europa will be docked alongside the pier in the Puerto Commercial. It’s a very small place - not really a city and the main pier is easy to spot as all the cruise ships and expedition ships dock along it. To join the ship you must pass through security who will want to see your papers. Tell them you are ‘passagero’ on Barque Europa. Spanish for sailing vessel is ‘el velero’ and ship is el barco.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in Argentina. Located in a stunning mountain setting on the shores of the Beagle Channel, it has become starting point for most expedition ships visiting the Antarctic Peninsula. It has plenty of accommodation of all types (see below), restaurants and places to explore nearby if you arrive a few days early. We recommend to plan to arrive in Ushuaia at least the day before the voyage starts as internal flights down to Ushuaia can sometimes be delayed due to Andes weather.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

There is a wide range of accommodation types in Ushuaia and surrounding countryside. Busiest time is peak Antarctic summer / Andes mountain trekking season in January so do book before you arrive.

Here is a link to a Google Map that shows a selection of hotels in Ushuaia. I suggest you choose one near the quay, but everywhere is very close. It takes 25 minutes to walk from one end of town to the other.

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Cape Town, South Africa

Latest port updates

For vessels using Cape Town, it is likely you will be joining your ship in the Victoria and Albert docks area. 

Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. Make sure you make a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation email in case of any problems on the day.

Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling station for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, as such Cape Town is a very historic port of call for a ship such as Europa. Cape Town has continued to be a classic stopping point for many ocean wanderers, from tall ships to modern race boats and commercial shipping.  It is now the Provincial Capital of the Western Cape and the second most populous city in South Africa. Legal tender is the Rand and most major credit cards are accepted throughout.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Cape Town International Airport serves both domestic and international flights. It is the second-largest airport in South Africa and serves as a major gateway for travellers to the Cape region.

Email: classic.sailing@flightcentre.co.uk

Phone: 0800 188 4533 for personal advice.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Beaches for Surfing & Kite Surfing

Cape Town is a mecca for kite surfing due to the windy South Easterly 'Cape Doctor' which blows between the mountains and is usually a welcome 'breath of fresh air' when the city is getting  too hot. 

Table Mountain - Hike or Cable Car ?

You must find time to go up Table Mountain if is not covered in its 'tablecloth' of cloud. You can hike up or take the cable car.  Uncover the Cape is a good website for walking hikes in the Cape Town area.

Victoria & Albert Docks

It is likely you will be joining or leaving your ship in this historic dock complex which has been transformed into a buzzing waterside playground of restaurants, shops, hotels, street entertainers and boat trip jetties.  You can book day trips out to Robben Island when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned or simply enjoy one of south Africa's chilled white wines whilst watching the antics of the sea lions in the harbour. Like most tourist honey spots, watch your wallet pockets as there are many wonderful distractions.

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Bark Europa

Bark Europa has a reputation as an ocean wanderer and follows the great trade wind routes around the world. She offers a seafaring adventure and a unique way to explore and learn about nature and the elements. She is equally at home in the roller-coasters of the ‘roaring forties’ or in lighter tropical conditions where she can set an awesome suite of 30 sails.  

In 2001 Europa pioneered the first opportunity for ordinary people to experience an Antarctic Expedition as crew on a square rigger. Since then she has returned to the Antarctica every year. Images of Europa under full sail or anchored amongst the ice and penguins have graced many magazines and lured non sailors and experienced seafarers off on epic ocean adventures. 

If you are over 65, or take any medication you will need to take our Europa Health Statement to your Doctor to complete to say you are fit to sail. The Health Statement can be printed off from our PDF below:

Europa Crew Health Statement

Statistics

 

  • Length overall:  184 ft  (56 m)
  • Length on deck:  160 ft 

 

  • Year built:  1911
  • Vessel type/rig: Barque

 

  • Guest berths: 45
  • Crew berths:  14

 

Ocean Wanderer with a Multi National Crew

Bark Europa has earned her reputation for piling on the canvas and really sailing at every opportunity.  A popular ship amongst traditional sailors worldwide, Europa has the pick of the world’s deckhands, and the enthusiasm of the professional crew is contagious: It is never too much trouble at night to add more sail, or motivate a bunch of wildlife photographers to put down their cameras and set a decent spread of canvas to hop a few miles down the coast....  Europa is notorious at tall ships races and in ports for putting on a show  - often sailing in under sail – almost to the quay.

Maintenence tasks aloft on Bark Europa. Swiss deckhand Jules.
Swiss deckhand Jules with a rigging job aloft on Bark Europa.

Antarctic Specialists

The lure of the Antarctic is hard to resist, and every Southern Hemisphere summer since 2001 this tough 330 ton sailing ship has made the long passage down to the southernmost tip of South America. Once in Patagonia, Bark Europa runs to run a series of sailing expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea and South Georgia. If you want to experience the polar wilderness as Shackleton and Scott did - then help Tall Ship Europa sail amongst the icebergs. These voyages make deep and lasting Impressions on those who sign up before the mast.  The sense of wilderness and togetherness you feel as part of the ships company; the teeming wildlife and the extreme weather from sun and lunch on deck to sudden katabatic winds, will stay with you for a lifetime.

 

Tall Ship Bark Europa nestled amongst the ice cliffs and snow domes of Antarctica
Photo by Renne Koster

Warm Ocean Sailing & Square Rig Masterclass

If you are an adventurous spirit sailing for the first time then Europa keeps the romance of sailing alive with a great library, lectures, and enthusiastic crew who can teach a range of topics. Europa captains have a sense of maritime history. This Dutch ship was originally built in 1911, and was converted into a barque rigged tall ship in 1986,  with many authentic sailing ships fittings from a byegone era. Her ocean voyages maximise the prevailing winds and generally follow the routes of the mighty windjammers and cargo sailing ships of the  18th and 19th Century.

If you are an experienced sailor and want to immerse yourself in square rig seamanship or maybe learn some Astro Navigation, then Europa is a good choice. Approaching equatorial crossings the extra sky-sail masts and yards are sent aloft and the whole crew can easily be kept busy setting the studding sails that few training ships dare rig. The 14 professional crew and guest crew soon become indistinguishable as you learn the ropes, gain a healthy tan and perhaps help out with the ships maintenance.

Ocean voyages on tall ships. Serving the steel rigging on Bark Europa
Serving the steel rigging. Always something to help with on long ocean passages

Stealing the Show at Tall Ships Races

Tall Ships Races are also great opportunities to really push a square rigger.  Europa can set 30 sails but this takes a lot of crew action, and everybody needs to keep on their toes as manoeuvring the ship gets quite complicated.

Europa crew rarely shout to get things done, so it appears quite casual - but they are very proud of the ship and like to help you sail it to her full potential. Europa is one of the smaller Class A tall ships but they are always determined to steal the scene and win tall ships race legs (and often do). Over 50% of the crew must be under 25 for tall ships races, so if you think you can show up the energetic young crew, then now is the time to apply for the limited adult berths on these race voyages.

Bark Europa under full sail with stun'sails and skysails. Photo by Brett Yates
Bark Europa under full sail with stun'sails and skysails. Photo by Brett Yates

Style of Sailing

Europa is a sail training ship so everyone is expected to take part in sailing the ship. Everyone receives training in how to sail a square rigger and be part of the ships crew. The guest crew are generally split into three watch groups. Whilst on watch you might be on lookout, helming the ship or helping the professional crew set or reduce sail. In cold locations like Antarctica the lookout duties or steering the ship are only for short bursts on deck, and you can escape to the cosy deck-house in between the sailing action.

Lookout duty with the albatrosses on Europa
Lookout duty with the albatrosses on Europa

On adventure charter voyages, like ocean crossings or Antarctic Expeditions, Europa carries a large professional crew to maximise your holiday experience and keep the ship sailing, whatever the conditions. This means you don't have to clean the ship or work in the galley and you can put as much into the sailing side of the voyage as you want. If you are an adrenalin seeking sailor who wants to help furl sails aloft at night (not at all compulsory) then there is plenty of action. If you are someone who will pull a rope occasionally and contribute to the team effort, but doesn't feel up to doing heroic stuff all the time, then that is fine as there are usually plenty of volunteers to set sails, or go out on the bowsprit. 

On tall ships races the crews are generally younger and the pace can be quite energetic. On these sail training orientated voyages you are more likely to be involved in domestic or maintenance tasks. 

Whatever voyage you coose, on board 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. 

At Sea - On Watch

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. 

Off Watch for Relaxing, Hobbies & Learning

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.  

See more about Europa's stun'sails and skysails and how to sail a square rigger

Relaxing on a long ocean passage on Bark Europa. Hobbies like playing a musical instrument

Life on Board

Europa is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages with various places for relaxing. The wood panelled library at the stern of the ship has ships models, charts, an inspiring book collection and plenty of seating for all kinds of hobbies. The deck-house is the more social relaxation space. It has good heating for colder destinations, windows all around so you won't miss any action and easy access outdoors to the main deck. There is also a small lecture room below decks.

See more about the accommodation and life onboard by clicking the tab above. 

Ocean Classroom

We think Europa runs the most comprehensive lecture programme of any of the vessels in the Classic Sailing fleet.  If you want to learn about oceanography, the oceans role in climate change, marine wildlife, nautical history and advanced square rig sailing then a long voyage on Europa is like university of the ocean.  You don't have to go to lectures .....but its great to have the option. Without the internet you learn a lot from each other.

Learn more about Europa's lectures and skills you can learn

Astro navigation class on Bark Europa. Photo by Roland Gockel
Astro navigation class on Bark Europa. Photo by Roland Gockel

Protecting the World's Oceans

As you would expect from an IAATO approved Antarctic Operator, Europa takes care not to pollute the marine environment. Europa charter crews are encouraged to be pro-active and have saved entangled turtles, removed floating rubbish and conducted scientific research as they sail. Captain Klaas Gaastra has won awards from the Dutch Meteorological Office for services to modern meteorology and the watch on deck is involved in  weather reporting. 

See more about Europa - and the ships environmental ethos

 

The deck house on Europa is a social place to write journals or play cards
The deck house on Europa is a social place to write journals or play cards

Below Decks Accommodation

Relaxation spaces include the library, deck-house, lower lounge, poker corner, and many seats around the decks when anchored. The deck-house has a bar selling wines and beers for consumption when you are off watch.

Bark Europa interior - deck house lecture with Elliot
Deck house lecture with Elliot

Cabins with En-suite WC and Shower

Europa has 12 cabins on board for voyage crew. Cabins have heating or air conditioning that you can control (depending on where you are sailing) and all have a WC/ shower/washbasin en-suite. The air conditioning works best with the cabin door shut, but you can also latch it part open for more natural ventilation.

4 berth and 5-6 berth cabins - En suite

There are four large cabins for 4 persons and four for 6-persons cabins. All cabins are comfortable and have their own shower and toilet. During the Antarctica voyages or the long ocean crossings a maximum of 5 persons will be placed in a 6-persons cabin.

2 berth cabins en suite for couples sharing

If you are travelling as a couple you can decide to book a 2-persons cabin, but there are only three of these and they are more expensive.

On Europa these cabins are not available for individuals booking on their own. If you are prepared to share with a person of the same gender, then it will need to be in a larger cabin. 

A cheaper option for couples that are happy to co-habit, you can also be placed together with another couple in a 4-person cabin at the lower berth fee.

Single travellers will usually be placed in a male or female 4- or 6-persons cabin at the lower berth fee. There is a porthole in either the cabin or the en-suite bathroom, and each bunk has its own reading light and privacy curtain. There are drawers each under the bunks and wardrobe space to store your things and hooks for waterproofs.

Duvets and sheets are provided and laundered regularly during the voyage. The cabins have 2 pin European electricity sockets to charge phones and cameras. The power comes from one of 3 ships generators.

We cannot guarantee any specific cabin or bunk to you, we can make a note of your preference, however the final cabin overview will be made on board by the captain.

Bark Europa. Each cabin has a small shower, wash basin and toilet en suite
Bark Europa. Each cabin has a small shower, wash basin and toilet en suite
Bark Europa Accommodation below decks - layout drawing

Plenty of Deck Space

The highest part of the deck is the poop deck where there is a ships wheel outdoors and a chartroom with a good view of the whole ship.

Photo by Roland Gockel

At the same level in the middle of the ship is the boat deck which sits above the deckhouse.

Right at the bow is the fore deck. At a lower level is the main deck, sometimes called the 'waist' of the ship. In good weather the galley teams likes to serve meals 'al fresco' from a big table on the main deck. There are plenty of bench seats and the deck-house if you would rather eat at a table, out of the sun. The main deck on Europa is only a couple of metres from the waterline, which means you sometimes get up close and personal with visiting whales, penguins and dolphins, but it also means in rough weather waves can sweep across it. Nets and safety lines are rigged and there are other drier routes you can take to the poop deck where you steer the big ships wheel, or the boat deck and focastle which are all high above the sea.

main deck on Europa. 'Two o clockie' meeting
main deck on Europa. 'Two o clockie' meeting

What is included

Duvets, linen, pillows, hand towels

Sailing instruction

All meals on board

Wildlife Guide on some voyages

What is not included

Waterproof Trousers & Jacket

Travel to joining port

Alcoholic or canned drinks from bar. (pay in euros at end of trip -cannot accept cards)

Cost of any e mails home by satellite.

There is a landing fee for South Georgia

Communications

Satellite phone (emergencies) 2 Inmarsat C terminals SSB and 2 VHF radio plus mobile VHFs

Medical Care

For Antarctic Voyages and long ocean passages in remote locations the ship will usually carry a doctor as volunteer crew. The Captain and several of the crew have medical training. You must have travel insurance and healthcare insurance for your own country. Please make sure you take enough medication for anything you are prone to. It is vital you tell us of any medical issues on your booking form.

Agility and Fitness

Climbing the mast is fun but not compulsory. You do need to be agile enough to climb a 6ft vertical ladder e.g. to get from the ship into a ships dinghy to go ashore. There are quite steep companionway steps and all the cabins have bunk beds.

Europa in Cape Town after 2006 annual refit
Europa in Cape Town after 2006 annual refit

Bark Europa - Ship Specification & History

Europa History

Europa was built in 1911 as a lightship for the mighty Elbe Estuary. In 1986 her potential as a sailing ship was realised and she was brought to Holland for an 8 year transformation into a three masted barque. The restoration was supervised by the Dutch Shipping Inspection Bureau Veritas and she holds certification for worldwide charter. She is an incredibly strongly built ship with six watertight bulkheads and a strengthened hull around waterline for ice.

Ship Specification

Built (converted into a barque) 1911 1986-94
Rig Bark Barque
Length overall inc bowsprit 56m 184ft
Beam 7.4m 24ft
Draft 3.9m 13ft
Air Draft (height of mast above sea level) 33m 108ft
Max sail area - 30 sails 1250 sq m 13 445 sq ft
2 engines and bow thruster 2 x 365hp  
Max guest crew (less on Antarctic Expeditions) 45  
Professional crew 10-18  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety

Dutch Commercial Safety Certificates for Worldwide Operations - covers lifesaving equipment, staff certificates, operations.

There are also very strict rules for ships visiting Antarctica, which the ship conforms to.

Bark Europa Captain Profiles

Captain of Bark Europa Klaas Gaastra
Captain of Bark Europa Klaas Gaastra. Photo by Jordi Plana

Europa has three regular Captains:- Klaas Gaastra, Eric Kesterloo and Harko Lamberts who generally live on the ship for 3 month blocks. All have sailed Europa for many years, are excellent linguists and have a real love and deep knowledge about square riggers, the marine environment  and the ocean wildlife.

Europa Captain Klaas Gaastra

For someone who spends large chunks of his life living on a tall ship as Europa wanders the world's oceans, Captain Klaas is very well known and respected  in the tall ship sailing world. If you sail with him you soon realise why he is unforgettable !  Hard to imagine Klaas as a submariner in the Dutch Navy, now with a wild mane of hair and blue earring.  Klaas has been with the ship as Captain since she was first re-built from lightship to sailing barque, and loves to sail the ship as close to the dock as he can under sail.  If you follow Klaas on facebook you realise how much he cares about maritime history, wildlife and the worlds oceans.  You don't really need a wildlife guide if you sail with him as he has eagle eyes for identifying whales and dolphins in the distance.  Klaas has recently been awarded a medal from the Royal Dutch Meteorology Institute for his exceptional work out at sea and for services to Maritime Meteorology, so if you sail with him you can learn a lot about ocean weather from experience and years of recording actual conditions. His partner Marianne sails as Cook and they make a great team. Dutch but fluent in English, we suspect Klaas can speak quite a few languages....

Captain Eric Kesterloo

Captain Eric is also an iceberg dodger with many years as Captain sailing Europa in Antarctica and around the Oceans. We would love someone, or maybe Eric to write something about himself.

Bark Europa Captain - Eric  Kesterloo
Bark Europa Captain - Eric Kesterloo

 

Ships Cook- Marianne Van de Staay (NL)

Ships Cook Renske (NL)

Bosun - Luci (Brittany)

Bosun Finn (Nova Scotia)

Bosun Matthew Morris (Australia)

Current sailing grounds
Europa has a reputation as an ocean Wanderer - Albatrosses in Southern Ocean; Skysails in tropics

Europa Kit List

Wet landing in South Georgia

Kit List for Europa

Included 

  • Hand towels
  • Bed linen
  • All meals on board and non alcoholic beverages 

What is not included

  • Waterproof clothing 
  • Waterproof boots
  • Alcoholic beverages

What to Bring 

Please pack your belongings in a soft holdall or backpack as storage space is limited on Europa (no room for suitcases!)

• Passport
• Flight tickets
• Voyage Information
• Any Medication

• Light weight wet weather gear - heavy weight waterproof jacket and trousers for Antarctica
• Sun tan lotion
• Washing kit and toiletries
• Clothing for a warm climate or extra for Antarctica - plenty of layers
• Shoes and sandals that protect your toes - warm water proof boots for Antarctica
• Swimwear - warm wind proof hats for Antarctica
• Beach Towel only

• You can charge electrical appliances if you have an adapter for European two pin sockets.
• A book for the flight - there is a good library of books ,CD's and videos on board.
• Camera and batteries – film, spare batteries and storage cards
• Small musical instrument are always welcome

What not to Bring

Your bunk has a comforter/duvet with cover, one pillow with pillowcase and a sheet
- You do not need to bring a sleeping bag or towels, as they will be provided too  
- Jewellery and other valuables
- It is not allowed to bring any alcoholic beverages on board. We try to limit the amount of garbage we produce on board, so if you bring your favourite snacks, please think about sensible packing!

Antarctic Voyages - Comprehensive Kit List

One extreme to the other - Blizzards and heatwaves in Antarctica - Think Ski resort and you won't be far wrong.

Luggage In each cabin you will have a drawer and a small cupboard where you have to stow all the luggage you bring with you, including the bag. Leaving bags on the floor will create a dangerous situation, the movements of the ship will scatter everything around and tripping and falling can be the consequence.  We kindly ask you to bring soft but sturdy luggage bags that can (partly) be folded. Suitcases cannot be stowed in your cabin. Please remember to clean your bags, jackets etc to prevent takings seeds or bacteria into Antarctica.

Suitcases take up a lot of space in your cabin and cannot be stowed, so we ask your only to sue sturdy but soft luggage bags.

Baggage Allowance and Recommendations

To avoid excess baggage charges on international and domsestic flights, check with your ticketing agent about luggage restrictions. In general, you are allowed two normal sized pieces of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. 

Luggage labels

 Please make sure that you luggage is clearly labelled with your name and destination on the outside of your luggage and also put a second label or big piece of papers inside your luggage with detailed information. Also, mention the ship's Argentine phone number and name. This will be given to you by Classic Sailing on confirmation of your booking. 

A small rucksack (daypack) or shoulder bag is handy for walks ashore to store your gear. Waterproof if possible or put your kit in an inner bag that is waterproof and sealed. 

General clothing
On board it is common to wear casual clothing. Staying warm, dry and comfortable will allow you to maximize the enjoyment of your experience. Layer your clothes to easily adapt to the weather circumstances. Especially at night it will be cold. 

Long voyages to and from Antarctica
We will do our best to make sure there is at least one opportunity for personal washing but we cannot guarantee it because we are bound by the weather. We can only use the washing machine if the ship stable. The crew will provide every cabin with one washing bag to collect the laundry and return it to you when cleaned. There is always the possibility to do a small hand wash. 
 
Changing daily:

- Socks: 21 pairs

- Underwear: for 21 days

Change every couple of days:

- Thermos-layers: 5 pairs, with at least one made from Merino wool (these won’t smell for quite some time).

- T-shirts: 12 For the whole voyage

- Knitted sweater: 5 or 6 warm sweaters (wool is always preferred)

- Pants: 2 or 3 thermal pants

- 2 pair of normal jeans

- Water tight/sailing pants 

Base layer
- Thermal underwear: a natural fibre such as merino wool is best to keep you warm and will also stay odourless longer than synthetic fibres. The best would be medium thick to thick.  
- Socks: here we would also suggest merino wool socks, the higher the better! Try to find seamless socks to prevent blisters 
 
Second layer/optional
- Shirts: both long and short sleeves. Shirts made out of 100% cotton are not ideal since it holds moisture and dries slowly. Best would be to have shirts with a bit of elastane.
- Pants: what you prefer. Quickly drying is advised. 
 
Insulation layer
- Often for this layer fleece is suggested, but we would like to ask you to bring wool sweaters instead. During one laundry cycle, a fleece jacket releases up to 250.000 synthetic fibres. These come into the waste water and eventually end up in our oceans contributing to the plastic soup.
- Down jackets 
 
Shell layer
- Wind and waterproof. Since we will be sailing to Antarctica we suggest to go for sailing gear. Big brands are Musto, Helly Hansen, Henry Lloyd, but these are also quite expensive. As an alternative, have a look at oil suits, less pretty but just as effective in keeping out the wind and water 
 
Extremities
- Gloves: inner and outer gloves.  
o Inner gloves: excellent dexterity and good wicking properties
o Outer gloves: pick one of good quality. Select on warmth, waterproofing and dexterity.
- Hats and scarves
o Hats: bring something warm and which you like. Don’t forget something to cover your ears
o Scarves: a neck gaiter is a good option, because it will not leave you with loose ends which can get caught up in something. 

Feet: If you want to wear two pairs of socks make sure there is room in your footwear!
- Muck boots: during landings we might not always be able to do a complete landing, so you will have to walk through a bit of water to reach the shore. Make sure your boots are as high as possible, just under the knee.
- Walking shoes: for walking during the landings you can bring normal hiking shoes. Shoes with not too much profile are preferred, as not to transfer material from one landing site to another. You can bring them in you backpack to shore. 

Rubber boots are necessary on virtually all landings: for getting ashore out of the zodiac trough ankle deep icy out of the zodiac trough ankle deep icy water, walking through snow and sometimes on deck during the crossing.You will be wearing these daily so they should be comfortable for longer wear and walking. If they are too tight they will give you cold feet, space shaft of at least 28 cm high with soft (for better grip on deck) non-slippery heavily for 2 socks is great. We recommend simple rubber boots with a ridged/waffled soles. Yachting/sailing boots don’t offer enough grip ashore on snow, ice and mud, better opt for Wellingtons/farmers boots. You can find these at farm/fishing co-op stores, work clothing stores and garden shops between 20 to 60 Euros. 

Documents
Bring vital documents in your carry on luggage but keep photocopies in your luggage. 

Passport  For a number of nationalities your passport has to be valid for at least 6 months at the moment you enter Argentina. Please check the requirements for your own nationality. 
Visa It is important that you check with your own embassy for visa requirements pertaining to each country. For a number of nationalities no visa is required for a stay of a maximum 90 days. Please check the requirements for your own nationality.
 
Certificates of medical and travel insurance.
Phone number of the Europa in case of delay on the day of embarkation (Dutch) Ships’ cellphone nr.: +31-6-51 180 679 or our Argentine Nr.: from within Ushuaia: 15 602030; from within Argentina: 02901-15 602030.

Money
- ATM card, cash money, credit card. Please make sure you bring enough cash with you as there might not be that many ATM machines in the Falklands and Ushuaia.  - On board you can pay your bar bill and souvenirs at the end of the trip with EUR and USD. We do not accept credit cards. 

Swimwear for a polar plunge or possibly a thermal bath at Deception Island.

Warm pyjamas (the cabins are less warm than the rest of the ship).
Hiking boots.
Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses
Sunglasses (uv filter) and sunscreen. The sun is very strong as the area has little
ozone and light is reflected by snow, ice and water.
Clothes for gateway cities. It is summer in Buenos Aires and one can expect
temperatures of 30°C.

Please not that your rain gear, daypack, camera bag, tri-pod and boots, etc are clean when you join the ship. We advise that you vacuum and clean these items to avoid taking any small seeds or bacteria to Antarctica. 

Cameras and other gear

Please ensure that you test your equipment before you leave. 

Digital photographers spare (rechargeable) batteries, memory cards Bring twice as much storage as you think you might need! In case you bring your own laptop along: empty CD’s or a spare memory stick to store your photographs onto.  

Analog photographers: sufficient rolls of film (100/200 ASA for sunny days, 400 ASA for cloudy days) If you have one: a tele zoom lens (~300mm) allows you to take good pictures of wildlife without disturbing it. A polarization filter is not a must, but it can be useful to bring if you have one. Binoculars for watching wildlife (birds, cetaceans) 7x or 8x is fine  Electricity on board is 220Volt/50Hertz, standard European plugs with two circular metal pins.  Wall socket adapter

Please note that drones with cameras are not allowed in Antarctica or South Georgia. If you bring one on the ship you will not be allowed to use it.

Eating and drinking: It is not allowed to bring your own drinks or large amounts of food on board. 

Sleeping

Your bunk has a duvet with cover, one piollow with pillowcase andd a sheet, so you do not need to bring a sleeping bag. Towels will be provided too. If you sleep light you might like to think about taking ear plugs. 

Medical care: If you have or have had a disorder or sickness for which you use medication we ask you to inform us in advance and we ask you to bring enough medication for the entire voyage. Because on board the ship we live close to each other, colds or influenza are easily passed on to others. We advise you to take an anti-influenza injection before departure. In the Netherlands you can visit www.reisdokter.nl to make an appointment for the vaccination. If you have questions about a specific health problem, we advise you to get in touch with the office. We can put you in contact with one of the ship’s doctors.

Seasickness A sailing ship under sail is steadier in the water in strong winds than a motor vessel. Once in Antarctic waters, we will be sheltered and the wind will be calm, so no one should suffer from seasickness. In the Drake Passage, the winds can be very strong and some people on board will get seasick. Most will get used to the motion of the ship after one day. Healthy eating and sleep are the best ways to prevent seasickness. If you fear that you might be susceptible to seasickness, you can take anti-seasickness pills. Please buy these before you leave home. We advice Primatour or Cinerazine. We don’t recommend strong (Belgian) pills or plasters to stick behind your ear. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Keeping in touch with home while you are away In case of an emergency, the ship can be contacted 24/7 via the office of the Europa. They keep contact with the ship on a daily basis via ship's radio or Satellite communication. Please contact Classic Sailing for the contact details. 

There are two ways to send small messages directly to the ship: Messages for somebody on board can be sent to europa@gmn-usa.com. The ship will download these messages directly via satellite communication. Make your message in plain text (so no HTML). Mention the name of the receiver in the subject field. And do not save this address in your contact persons or use this for bulk mail. The receiver on board will pay for the message. The costs are about 1.50 euro per kilobyte. Half a page of plain text is about 2KB (kilobyte). A larger message for example in HTML text, with colours, fonts etc can easily cost about 15,- euro

The second option is to send emails to our Inmarsat C terminal. To be able to do so, the sender has to subscribe to the provider of the satellite connection to be able to send emails directly to the ship. Please contact our office at info@barkeuropa.com for further information. Trainees and crew aboard the Europa can send text messages to any onshore address, and have to pay cash at the end of the voyage. The messages you want to send must not contain attachments or pictures or any other graphical items. Sending plain text without layout will keep your messages small and therefore cheaper. The satellite telephone number of the ship is: Iridium +88 163 182 9696. Costs may vary with your own telecom company. But they are extremely high in any case! Please remember that there might be a time difference. You can also send a letter or a card to our office in Rotterdam. When new crew or trainees fly from Amsterdam to the ship they can take the mail to the trainees and crew members on board. Please check with the office in the Netherlands if crew is flying and if it is possible for them to take mail. There is no internet connection on board.  Note that: cell phones will stop operating once we get out of the Beagle Channel.  Note that some email accounts, like hotmail, will be blocked after not being used for 1 month. 

Remember to write down the correct email addresses and phone numbers of the people you would like to contact from the ship (otherwise your emails will be automatically returned at your cost)

All guest will be asked to provide a next of kin address in case of an emergency. 

Furthermore, you can check the location of the ship under 'follow the ship'. We have frequent contact with the ship so in case you contact us we can tell you about the whereabouts of your relatives/friends. 

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Europa - Reviews & Blogs

Europa

Ocean Wanderer

Best bit?
En route to Rouen from Horta Azores especially I enjoyed the two days in a force 6 abt. 200miles north of the Azores as it really made one realise that sailing a 500ton sq.rigger requires extraordinary skills in sail handling and as a novice i really felt i could take part working along with the prof. crew. of Europa. Wonderful experience!

What was the worst bit?
Being becalmed in the channel for a day or two!

Why do you sail? 
Really because i've always had that urge & wanted to sail on a tall ship having seen film footage& read several books/accounts of the clippers .

Any other comments
Just like to say a big thank you to Classic Sailing for making it all so worthwhile.
Ocean voyage crew from Azores to France in May 2019. 

Europa
Europa by Mark Walker - Guest crew from Azores to Rouen 2019

Antarctica

Facebook Review 5 stars

I wish I could give more stars! The adventure of a lifetime, my voyage to Antarctica on the Bark Europa was more than I could ever wish for. The experiences of this adventure will stay with me for ever...
The crew are absolutely amazing: hard working, always a smile, and the galley crew are legendary! The guides are very knowledgeable and give lectures, tours and explanations with great enthousiasm as well as humor. I could not imagine this voyage without any of them. My fellow voyage crew members are now friends for life!
If you ever get the opportunity to go on this adventure, do not hesitate for a single second. Just go!
Thank you permanent crew, voyage crew and office staff!!
Elisabeth K, Jan 2016

Enjoyed the Most

All of it. The combination of sailing and shore landings at the various locations, as well as the wildlife and scenery.

Enjoyed the least.

Having people join the ship who had absolutely no intention of joining the Watch System was hugely divisive and caused a lot of angst amongst the Voyage Crew. If someone can go in the Zodiacs and spend all day walking around the shore locations they are capable of doing Look Out. Excuses such as I don't feel like doing Sea Watches, or I am not a Night Person should not be accepted. Everyone should sign to say they are prepared to join the system. Due to sea sickness my particular Watch was, at one point, down to 5 people. Having individuals drinking red wine/Bacardi and coke and then announcing they are off to bed, leaving the remainder to carry on was very selfish and self-centred.

Phil J Antarctica Feb 2019.

Classic Sailing and Europa believe in 'hands on sailing' and we are aware of the problem Phil J mentions above.

We are working to ensure that future participants in all Europa’s voyages are fully signed up to full participation in the sailing including watch keeping at night, sail handling and look out duty, etc. In all instance allowances are made for the weather conditions and that people maybe unwell.

Classic Sailing has and will always believe in 'hands on sailing'. For us, and what we offer, it is the best way to get the most out of the sailing experiences on all our voyages.

Phil Judd - Europa - Guest Feedback
Phil Judd - Europa - Guest Feedback

Customer Comments - Cape to Cape 2018

What did you enjoy most?

On the southern Ocean with the bark rolling out to 40 degrees, water flooding the main deck as we hauled on the clews and buntlines to take in sail

Cape to Cape sailor 2018

Bark Europa, view through the port hole in Antarctica
Bark Europa, view through the port hole in Antarctica

What was the best bit?

All of it!! Maybe seeing over 100 Fin whales feeding on route to Elephant Island - that was pretty cool.

What was the worst bit?

Being stung by a Portuguese Man of War whilst swimming off Tristan da Cuhna....but that in itself was amazing so not really the worst bit!

Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.

Freedom and curiosity

Any other comments

It truly was a life changing experience and one I will treasure for the rest of my life!" - Lucy M - Cape to Cape 2018

Trying to sum up what this journey has meant to me

LOGBOOK 10-01-2012 10:00

We have passed Cape Horn. In a short time the Bark Europa, which has been our home for the last couple of months, will re-join the wider world.

Having spent 47 days in this little island of metal and wood in a very large ocean, and this having been my first time on a sailing ship, I've been trying to sum up what this journey has meant to me in a few lines.

Its not been easy, I keep wanting to use words like "magical", "fantastic" or "otherworldly" to describe the journey into the Antarctic, but it simply can't do justice to the trip as a whole in a few words.The best I can do is draw out some of the most precious moments for me from the trip.

- having the chance to honour Sir Ernest Shackleton - my personal hero - at a short ceremony at his grave,
- to see two humpback whales swimming 25 feet from the ship on Christmas day,
- to see two elephant seals - both the size of family cars fighting.

(also as an ultra-marathon runner being able to run in the Arctic as in the Antarctic was another goal I can tick off after this trip).

This has been an amazing journey, in an amazing ship, with amazing people! Thanks!"

Simon

Simon the Ultra Runner on Europa
Simon the Ultra Runner on Europa

Not Going Home - I am Home

LOGBOOK 13-01-2012 10:00

It's difficult to talk about intense experiences. I'm English, and we are notorious for our stiff upper lips, so please excuse the lack of hyperbole. As a group, we now know how to differentiate between 5 different types of penguin by smell alone, how to fend off a 'harem-less' male fur seal with a raised hand and a hard stare.

And what it feels like to be helmed through fields of ice-bergs by a captain who nobody would want to be in front of in heavy traffic ('Come on, you could get a three-masted square-rigger through that gap!'). Who will we talk to about these last weeks? Each other? I don't know; we've seen the best and the worst of each other, and that's not always a comfortable place to be, socially. Can we talk to anyone else about it? Yeesh. Antarctica bores alert!

Maybe we'll take some time to process these sensations before we share them; the sound like thunder as a glacier creaks its way towards calving, the feeling of helplessness as the katabatic winds sweep off the ice-fields and make the ship heel even though there are no sails up (yes, yes, and they're all beautifully furled already...), the sight of a quarter of a million penguins choosing to nest in one particular spot. Maybe we'll tuck these memories away, hoarded like a miser's gold.

It's as damned sure as mustard, though, that something in our futures will trigger a memory of this. It might be a mention of some previously-unheard-of-but-now-familiar sub-antarctic island, it might be the smell of a basin full of disinfectant (don't pack a pest and whatever you do, don't tread on the moss!),or even just the sight of a teabag in a bar glass, but we now have within us the capacity to call up at will our own, personalised picture of the serenity that we have experienced, and this empowers us- we will be somehow better: serene, content, sorted.

Maybe that's the whole point. I mean, who'd choose to go on a trip like this anyway? Returnees and retirees is an easy but inaccurate answer. Of the 40 voyage crew on this leg, about half fulfill those criteria, but that's just who, not why. We are the mid-life crises, the career breaks, the bereaved and the mad-as-a-monkey-on-a-trampoline types. We're Red, White and Blue watch, helming and looking-out in all kinds of weather, (and Green watch, lying down and groaning in all kinds of weather). We are ruffty-tuffty... oh who am I kidding? A boat full of middle-aged accountants? Nope. Not that either. I've been on this trip since Rotterdam in September and the only thing that's been predictable is the quality of the soup, Yes!

So come on, Europees, and Europites and Europophiles everywhere. Learn the difference between a clew and a buntline, and one day... no, I can't pretend that will make any difference...That's the point. When you need a change, or a challenge, come aboard. Don't cruise the world's oceans in a floating block of flats with its own casino and cinema. Do it the hard way.

We've dodged cross-channel ferries and Brazilian fishermen, We've swum in the horse latitudes and in Antarctica, We've watched Orion cross the night sky closer and closer to the northern horizon until the southern midnight sun hid him from view. Feel every mile...

That's why the hardest time is the morning of our departure. The monstrous bags (I never packed that much stuff, surely) , the hearty handshakes, (English- stiff upper lip, remember), the swapped addresses (if you're ever in Outer Mongolia...), the surreality of wandering around Ushuaia, over 10,000 miles away from where you live, and bumping into people you know all day, (from the ship, obviously, unless you have a fabulous social network,) and that thing that we all say., "Safe trip home".

And you step out of our tiny, dangerous, intense, unbelievably exciting world, back into anonymity, and the spell is broken. And you go home. And some are ready to go home, and some aren't, and the luckiest buggers of all realise that we're already there.

Kate

Kate the Theatre Stage Builder sailing from NL to Antarctica on Europa
Kate the Theatre Stage Builder sailing from NL to Antarctica on Europa

A Personal Pilgrimage on Europa

 LOGBOOK 19-12-2011 10:00

Grytviken on South Georgia contains the ruins of an old whaling station. "Old" in this case, is a matter of perspective. These particular stations were actively processing whales during the lifetimes of some of the Europa's voyage crew.

To many people, seeing these ruins is perhaps like seeing the ruins of an old concentration camp. To them. it is a place of unimaginable horror. Without doubt, these are very sad and mournful places.

Part of my sadness is nostalgia, because unlike many people these days, I have the rare distinction of having been a child in an active whaling town. When I was very young, my town had the last active whaling station in my country - and this was as late as the 1970's. The two primary industries in my town were whaling and salmon - and when the whaling station closed and the salmon cannery shut down, my town was devastated.

My town hunted Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales, but especially we hunted Sperm Whales for their superior quality oil, their ambergris and the spermaceti organ they used for echo navigation. I have dim memories of watching the whale-catchers steaming out of the harbour through my father's binoculars. I also recall watching those same boats return, towing whales behind them, and the orca's and sharks attacking the carcass as it was towed to the station. They say the water at the end of the flensing ramps used to boil with the frenzy of feeding sharks and orcas.

My father taught me how to mix whale oil with bran & pollard to attract fish. I can still remember the unique silky smoothness of the oil and it's peculiar smell. One day he found two enormous teeth in a friend's garden - they were Sperm Whale teeth, six inches long and wickedly curved. To me, a boy of seven years, they felt as heavy as lead ingots.

My father polished them and used them for scrimshaw - a classical scene of a square-rigged whaler at a quay-side. One still sits above the fireplace in his lounge room and even now, as a man of forty years, it feels as heavy as a lead ingot to me.
Perhaps some of that weight is the guilt of what was done to the Southern Whale Fisheries for greed and profit.

Mikkie from Austraila.

Mikki learning his knots on Europa
Mikki learning his knots on Europa

At Sea when Steve Jobs died

It made me think that it would be nice to share a couple of words from Apple Founder Steve Jobs, an innovator, technology adventurer and creator of at least one great gadget stowed away in every cabin on Europa during this Atlantic crossing, who sadly died earlier this week.

In a speech to the graduates of Stanford University, Steve Jobs advised them: "live each day as if it were your last, as someday you'll most certainly be right. Every day I look in the mirror and ask myself, if today were my last day on earth, would I want to do what I am about to do today?".

And at 3.45am as the lamp by my bed switched on for the 4am watch, were it not for the fear of waking two thirds of our motley training crew who'd been up on watch all night, I would have shouted at the top of my lungs "_YES! This is what I would want to do_!" because another glorious day on the beatuiful Europa was waiting for me on deck.

YES! To more sizzling sunshine, good wind and deep blue sea
YES! To outrageously delicious food - steak and wine, biscuits, tea and cakes. Pina Coladas!
YES! To dolphins, whales and Penelope the pigeon, our voyage stowaway
YES! To thinking up new excuses for why I'm more likely to get us to St Lucia than Salvador when left alone at the helm
YES! To thinking up more excuses for why I've spent the past few days genuinely thinking the schools of flying fish were flocks of birds
YES! To beating the fear of heights and conquering the 'yellow monster' platform
YES! To handstands and gymnastic classes on the deck while Europa rocks and rolls
YES! To the waves that gurgle and lap at the porthole of our en-suite showers where we wash the salt from our hair
YES! To absorbing as much information as possible from Europa's fantastically talented, dedicated and charming professional crew
YES! To new friends, birthdays, and 'thanks giving' all in our first week
YES! To the experience of a life time
YES to all this and more. Many, many, more happy sailing days aboard Europa.

Riss, CREW LOGBOOK October 2011

 

 

 

Voyage Number or start date.

February 8th 2019 from Ushuaia via Antarctica to Capetown.

 

 

What did you think of the safety briefing?

Good

 

What did you think of the accommodation onboard?

Good

 

Did you have enough personal attention?

Excellent

 

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

Excellent

 

What did you think of the food quality?

Excellent

 

How was the sailing?

Just right

 

Did you have any rough weather?

Some

 

Did you feel the voyage had?

A good mix of sailing and ashore.

 

What was the best bit?

Hard to decide. Seeing Humpback whales feeding, the green flash as the sun set - a first for me for both these things. The open ocean with only natural noises from wind sails and sea.

 

What was the worst bit?

Struggling to get out of the bunk and get dressed at 0400 to go on watch when Europa on a good angle of lean - kept me in well but hard to get out!

 

Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.

Love feeling close to nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and enjoy meeting like minded people

 

Any other comments

A fantastic trip. Tough as away from land for so long but worth it. Luckily I don’t suffer from seasickness, but many did.

 

Christine K.

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