Magellan: Sevilla - Tenerife

Step in the footsteps of Ferdinand Magellan

Sevilla - Tenerife

Bark Europa

Thu. 19 - 09 - '19
Mon. 30 - 09 - '19

12 days

1390 p.p | 4/6 prs cabin

1640 p.p | 2 prs cabin

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In 2019 Bark EUROPA will depart from Sevilla to commemorate the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan, 500 years later. In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan departed from Sevilla for the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Set sail with us and celebrate the 500th year anniversary of this heroic adventure. We will leave from Sevilla, Spain and make our way South across the ocean and into the Strait of Magellan in Chile where we will arrive on December 12, 2019, in Punta Arenas. Europa will visit Puerto Williams and Cape Horn on our way to Antarctica. After visiting the white wilderness we will follow Magellan’s route again and sail the Pacific Ocean in early 2020. On the 10th of August 1519, Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480 – 1521) started his voyage from Sevilla in Spain with a fleet of five ships called the Armada De Moluccas, in search of a western sea route to the Spice Islands in the East Indies. With this voyage, Magellan started the Spanish expedition that would prove long and exhausting. The ship Trinidad, commanded by Magellan, was the leading ship of a fleet of five. In September 1519 the fleet started their quest for the East from the port of Sanlucar de Barrameda and crossed the Atlantic Ocean. They reached Tenerife in the Canary Islands on September 26, 1519. Just as 500 years ago this voyage will start in Sevilla. After embarking on Board Bark Europa, we will have a day of excursions in this beautiful old city to find out all we can about the maritime history and the start of Magellan's adventurous expedition. In the evening, after you are settled in, we will enjoy our first meal on board together and prepare ourselves for the start of our own great adventure! Just as Magellan did, we will set sail from Sevilla the next day and sail towards Tenerife.

A sailing voyage in this part of the world is pleasant. Winds and currents are favorable and warm. The more south you will sail, temperatures will rise slowly. These waters are perfect for a mid-Atlantic swim on a quiet and wind still day. This passage will allow for lots of sail training, climbing and rigging work. Together with the permanent crew, you will have time to learn about maintenance, sail theory, sail making- and traditional rigging work. Lectures about ( Celestial ) navigation, ocean winds and currents, and Marine biology could be held on the sunny main deck under a full set of sails. The usually favorable winds will push Europa towards Tenerife where you will meet the busy and popular sailing community on these sunny and green islands. Sailors from all around the world start or end their world voyages on these Islands, making the yacht harbors crowded with sailors and thus creating an exciting atmosphere on the Island.


we call our guests ‘voyage crew’. This means that our permanent crew will train you to be a sailor. Unlike going on a cruise, on board the Dutch Tall Ships you will be going on a hands-on, active sailing adventure. You will be divided into three watches; Red watch, Blue watch and White watch, named after the colors of the Dutch flag.

You will be ‘on watch’ for four hours after which you have eight hours of free time. During your four hours on watch there will be different tasks that will be divided between the members of your watch. There will always be two people on helm duty. You will together, maintain a steady course on the helm. The crew will explain how to steer the ship and what to look out for.

The crew will instruct you how to work on deck and you will learn how to trim the sails to the directing of the wind. During deck duty, there is also time to assist the crew with the maintenance of the ship. This way you will learn how to work with traditional tools and methods. Woodworking, sailmaking, celestial navigation, and traditional rope- and rigging work will all be apart of your sailing voyage. In the deckhouse, there will be people playing games, reading books, listening to music, writing diaries and emails.

When you are setting sails, reading or working away on deck, in the galley they are always busy preparing meals to keep everyone well fed. Multiple course meals will be served three times a day with coffee and tea times in between, whatever the weather. In the evenings the crew prepares team challenges and pub quizzes to enjoy together with your watch mates.

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