Voyage

Combination voyage: Cape town - Rouen

Cross the equator and become a real Shellback

Cape Town - Rouen

Bark Europa

Mon. 08 - 04 - '19
Fri. 14 - 06 - '19

68 days days

4890 p.p | 4/6 prs cabin

6290 p.p | 2 prs cabin

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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.

Research platform

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.

Cape Town

Our voyage starts from Cape Town. Cape Town is the capital city of the south-west region called Western Cape province. Located on the shore of the Table Mountain, you have a wonderful view over the city once you climb up the mountain. From Lion’s Head, you can see Robben island, the island where Nelson Mandela has been imprisoned for over nineteen years.From the 16th century onwards the Cape was an important place for Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, English and French navigators to trade their goods in exchange for food supplies. In 1652, the Dutch established a way-station and Fort the Good Hope. The settlement grew slowly but steady every year. With the Dutch East Indian Company being bankrupt, the Brits captured the colony in 1814. It was only after 1910 that the colonies regained their independence as the Union of South Africa.

St Helena

Although tiny in size, St. Helena played an important role in world’s history. It has been of vital strategic importance to ships sailing to Europe from the Far East. The island St Helena was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joao da Nova, on his voyage from India in 1502. He named the discovered island St. Helena after the mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great, Helena. The island was of significant strategical importance for the British Empire, until the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of steamships.
About 700 nautical miles from St. Helena, Ascension Island was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joao da Nova Castella in 1501, and found again in 1503 by Alphonse d’Albuquerque on Ascension Day. The sandy beaches are critical nesting sites for the famous green turtles, which come ashore to lay eggs between January and April. The peak of the hatching season of green turtles will be during our visit to Ascension island, so make yourself ready for a night walk on the beach looking for green turtles!

Ascension Island

About 700 nautical miles from St. Helena, Ascension Island was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joao da Nova Castella in 1501, and found again in 1503 by Alphonse d’Albuquerque on Ascension Day. The sandy beaches are critical nesting sites for the famous green turtles, which come ashore to lay eggs between January and April. The peak of the hatching season of green turtles will be during our visit to Ascension island, so make yourself ready for a night walk on the beach looking for green turtles!

Azores

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
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.

General

We do have a special price of €3390,- for youngsters (aged 15 - 25 years old) for this voyage.

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