Combination voyage: Cape town - Rouen
Cross the equator and become a real Shellback
Cape Town - Rouen
Mon. 08 - 04 - '19
Fri. 14 - 06 - '19
68 days days
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During this voyage from South Africa to France, we will be sailing from Cape Town to St Helena, Ascension Island, cross the equator onwards towards the renowed harbor of Horta, after which we will set sail for our final destination, the historic French city of Rouen. This ocean voyage is perfect for the ones who really want to learn more about life on board a square rigger. During this trip there will be plenty of time to learn from our crew and your fellow trainees. We will not only focus on sail training during this voyage but also on scientific research on the oceans. We will learn more on how researchers are collecting data for research on weather observations and global warming. Taking into account the maintenance that is going on on board, this voyage combines enough time to relax with a good opportunity to gain some knowledge.
Bark Europa crosses the oceans following the traditional sailing routes, which are often a long way from the routes of commercial trade. This makes our sailing voyages exceptionally interesting for scientific research. During our sail around the world in 2013 we had special equipment on board taking measurements of air and water which are being used for international research on climate change and meteorology. In 2016 we had two scientists on board who investigated their own research goals and will gave lectures on their field of experience. Last year we deployed several floaters and drifters along the route from Cape Town to Horta, activities that we will pursue in the coming years.
The nine Portuguese islands, dominated by a volcanic mountain range, offer a rare and unspoiled natural beauty. There are meadows filled with the scent of wild herbs. Vivid, colourful flowers line the roads. It is quite the perfect setting to relax. The Azores are also a perfect place to watch whales and different species of dolphins.
Horta is the capital city of the Island Faial, also called Ilha Azul (blue island). The blooming Hydrangea are found everywhere on the island, creating a blue see of flowers in June and July. Horta has a popular marina for sailing vessels that are on a transatlantic voyage. Horta’s renowned marina has become an open-air gallery of colourful painted murals by sailing crew before departing on their next voyage.
Rouen is a French city which can be reached by sailing up the Seine River. The city is the capital of the Normandy region and was one of the richest cities during the Middle Ages.
The city was founded by a Gaulish tribe and was already important during Roman times. In 841 A.D. the city was overrun by Vikings, but the foundations of the Roman amphitheater and thermae can still be found today. Due to its favorable location on the river, the city prospered and gained richer as the textile industry grew, along with the export of wine and wheat to England. The harbor of Rouen has always been important for the development and wealth of the city. Goods were exported to and from whole of Europe and from the 16th century the port became the main French port for trade with the New World, mostly Brazil.