Ocean sailing: Cape Town - Horta
Cross the equator and become a Shellback
Cape Town - Horta
Mon. 08 - 04 - '19
Wed. 29 - 05 - '19
54 days days
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During this voyage from South Africa to the Azores, we will be sailing from Cape Town to St Helena, Ascension Island, cross the equator onwards towards the renowned harbor of Horta. 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 they are collecting data for research on weather observations and on 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 new 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. 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. In 2016 we had two scientists on board who investigated their own research goals and gave lectures on their field of experience. Last year we had three researchers on board from Wageningen University and Bangor University (UK) who focused on plastic research and marine biology.
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!
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 amongst sailors has become an open-air gallery of colourful painted murals by sailing crew before departing on their next voyage.
We do have a special price of €2950,- for youngsters aged 15 - 25 for this voyage.