Live Your Own History

a historic journey

The three Dutch Tall Ships ‘Tecla’, bark ‘Europa’ and ‘Oosterschelde’ are sailing around the world, wandering the oceans and following the old trade routes of historic times. You can be part of our adventure and sail with us on a part of this voyage. All separate legs can be joined by individual guest crew members and booked at the individual shipping companies offices.
Read more on this website about the route, the ships and about joining our voyage.

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Our voyage brings us from Cape Town, South Africa to Mauritius, sailing in the area of the sardine run. We cross the Indian Ocean from Mauritius to Fremantle, Australia for a 12 day expedition telling the story about the ‘Batavia’, which was wrecked on Morning Reef in the Houtman Abrolhos. The shipwreck was a prelude to an extraordinary tragedy.

In Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney we will take part in various tall ship events and festivities.

On October 5th, 2013, the ships will represent the Netherlands during the International Fleet Review of the Australian Navy, commemorating the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy into Sydney.

After this event we will do our utmost to get good results in the Tall Ships Regatta to Auckland, New Zealand. Here, we start preparations for our long journey around Cape Horn late October 2013. The Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica, Buenos Aires, Ascension Island and Horta (Azores) are some of the destinations ‘Oosterschelde’, ‘Europa’ and ‘Tecla’ will find on their way home to the Netherlands.

Do you want to join the ‘Oosterschelde’ or ‘Europa’ or ‘Tecla’ on this unique voyage? See here the sailing schedule for details about specific dates and ports.



Bark ‘Europa’ as a platform for science

As we head up the south and north Atlantic en route to our home port in the Netherlands we will be towing a fine trawl net which traps any objects in the water. Non bio-degradable plastics never completely decompose and plastic objects that have been discarded at sea can float around and break into smaller and smaller pieces, sometimes too small to be seen with the naked eye.
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‘Oosterschelde’ is coming home!

The first of the Three Dutch Tall Ships is coming home. On the 30th of April at 4pm the ‘Oosterschelde’ will arrive in the Veerhaven in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 18 months we visited 14 countries on 5 continents, rounded 3 well-known capes and over 45000 nautical miles were sailed. This calls for a welcome home party! Will you be there to celebrate with us?
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‘Tecla’ is on her halfway mark. Join her on her way home!

We have sailed over half of the calculated distance – 4200 NM, with just under 2000 miles left as I write this. But that is calculated distance, a fresh North East might takes us around a few hundred miles…After our mainsail tore yesterday (the damage has been done on one of the repairs made during this circumnavigation) we have been sailing around with the first reef in the mainsail, the damage being to complex to fix by hand and not weaken the sail further.

Although we missed the power of the main and the maintopsail at first, we were happy they were down last night; as the wind increased and in the middle of the night we had to get the big jib down, swap it for the second one, and pull a reef in the mizzen. Waves had built up during the night and as the wind started to increase big shudders began to go through the whole ship.
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You are invited to participate on these traditional sailing ships during one or more legs of this historic global circumnavigation. No sailing experience is required. All nationalities and ages can participate. Do you want to join us? Click here for a booking form, the following journeys are scheduled:

To Antarctica or to the warmer waters of Buenos Aires
After rounding Cape Horn, ‘Oosterschelde’ and Bark ‘Europa’ will prepare themselves for a few Antarctica expeditions. ‘Tecla’ will head to warmer waters, they are sailing to Buenos Aires (Argentina) and onwards to Santos, Brazil.

Special homecoming trips
All three ships will slowly be sailing back home, all three ships will take their own routes to the Netherlands. ‘Tecla’ will be sailing from Brazil via Bermuda and the Azores back home. And Bark ‘Europa’ will try to visit some remote places and Islands on their way up North; Antarctica, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, St Helena, Ascension and to the Azores. Maybe Bark ‘Europa’ and ‘Tecla’ will even meet up at the Azores, they scheduled to be there around the same time. ‘Oosterschelde’ will sail in a large S-shaped curve from the South Atlantic Ocean to the North Atlantic Ocean, through the major weather systems of the world. From the cold mountains of Patagonia towards the tropic waters of the equator and further up north. Three ships and three unique ways to travel back from the South to the North, an experience of a life time!

Tall Ships Races 2014
All three ships will join in the Tall Ships races 2014 and Harlingen and Frederikstad, and ‘Tecla’ and ‘Oosterschelde” will also be involved in the Tall Ships festivities in Bergen and Esjberg. Bark ‘Europa’ however, will go back to the Netherlands to prepare herself again for a long voyage to the South, to Chile and the Antarctic waters.

Want to know all details on the scheduled voyages? Check the sailing schedules on the website of the individual ships.
Join? Contact the individual shipping companies through their own sites and email addresses:  —  —
Corporate Event Brazil

Besides the possibilities for individual guests it is also for companies and organizations to take part in this unique project by chartering the ship for an event in the harbours we visit. Just like in ancient times, the fleet exists of sailing ships, that differ in size and rigging. All three ships are comfortably equipped and suitable for corporate events, receptions and (private) parties.

An event on board gives you the opportunity to meet colleagues, customers and other invitees in an inspiring ‘Dutch’ environment. The three ships will have a capacity ranging from 20 to 120 persons per ship. It is possible to make use of the ships together or individual, based upon your wishes. The ships provide you with excellent catering possibilities and an exquisite treat by our professional crew.

We can make you a personalised offer based on your wishes. For more information, please contact us via


These ships sail the old trade routes around the world:



The three-masted topsail schooner ‘Oosterschelde’ is the largest restored Dutch sailing ship, and is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.

‘Oosterschelde’ made several impressive journeys since her restoration in 1992. For example, she sailed an earlier journey around the world (finished in 1998), made several expeditions to Spitsbergen and sails to Cape Verde in wintertime. But the ship is also in use in domestic and foreign ports for presentation and promotion activities.

Sailing on board ‘Oosterschelde’ is a special experience. No one is a passenger, but is part of the guest crew. We will learn you all about sailing, steering and navigating the ship. 


Bark Europa

Since 1994 the Dutch three-masted bark ‘Europa’ (1911) travels the oceans following the Trade Winds and developed a reputation as a ship which “really sails”. The ‘Europa’ is powered by canvas and co-operation, with a professional crew of 14 and a maximum compliment of 48 voyage crew-members of all ages and nationalities.

Tall ship lovers, also without seafairing experience, can help the permanent crew by taking the helm, assisting with navigation, hoisting and furling squaresails on the yards. Towering above the deck are the three lofty masts carrying 12 yards.

The atmosphere on board is relaxed and friendly, and the classic interior has many authentic details, reflecting maritime history. The comfortable cabins for two, four or six persons each have their own bathroom. 



‘Tecla’ was built in 1915 in Vlaardingen, she is owned and sailed by a family of four professional sailors. They have owned the Tecla since 2006 and sail her with passion. The ‘Tecla’ is a fast sailor, built for the North Sea. Her rigging is as traditional as it gets. A two mast Ketch with topsails and different sizes foresails for light weather.

The appearance of the Tecla is kept as traditional as possible. Her crew has a special love for traditional looks and know how to combine this with modern techniques and equipment.

On board the crew works with a sail training program, set up to get the best out of everybody. The sail training program is built up in such a way that how ever long you would stay on board, you will get the most out of your time on board.

Get on board now, sail this traditional beauty!

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Leuvehaven 75 TO
3011 EA Rotterdam
The Netherlands
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The Netherlands
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