Combination voyage: Cape Town - Scheveningen
Bring Bark Europa back home with this 76-day ocean crossing!
Cape Town - Scheveningen
Mon. 08 - 04 - '19
Sat. 22 - 06 - '19
76 days days
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During this voyage from South Africa to Scheveningen, we will be sailing from Cape Town to St Helena, Ascension Island, cross the equator onwards towards the renowed harbor of Horta. After this stop we will set sail for Armada Rouen. There we will meet the other tall Ships for a Tall Ships Race to Scheveningen. 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 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 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.
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.
On the coast a small fishing village was established in the 12th century and this spot was first called Scheveningen. Just like the other villages along the coast, Scheveningen had no harbor and the vessels landed on the beach with their catch. The settlement was only protected by natural dunes and once in a while heavy storms were able to flood it and sweep away the buildings.
A heavy storm in 1894 was the starting point of construction work on a harbor. It was finished 10 years later and the traditional flat bottomed ships were replaced by herring luggers. Herring becomes the main catch of the fleet, and soon an auction location was build to sell the fish.The harbor is still there today. And this year, for the first time in her history, welcomes an international fleet of tall ships! Scheveningen is the final stop in the Liberty Tall Ship Regatta. Do you want to celebrate winning the Tall Ships Race with us?
There is a special price of €4450,- for youngsters (aged 15 - 25 years old) for this combination voyage.