EUROPA uses the traditional sail routes of the tea clippers where favorable winds can be expected. Sometimes, when there is no wind the engines will help to reach the scheduled harbors on time.
The voyages from the northern to the Southern hemisphere are no luxuriously sailing cruises. All aspects of a sailor’s life will be experienced. Because many sailors will be on board for a long time there is not much difference between the standard crew and the other sailors. Most people on board wish to join the watches. Everyone is welcome to take the helm, setting sails, and much more. During these voyages, also because of the good weather, there can be a lot of maintenance done to the ship. Working in the rigging, sanding, painting, etc. Everyone can participate; anything you may, nothing is enforced!
Montevideo is the largest city, the capital, and the chief port of Uruguay. The settlement was established in 1726 by Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amidst a Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region, and as a counter to the Portuguese colony at Colonia del Sacramento.
Montevideo has a population of approximately 1,325,000 (about half of Uruguay's population). The southernmost cosmopolitan capital city in the Americas and third most southern in the world, it is situated in the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata "Silver River" which is often referred to in English-speaking countries as the River Plate. According to some sources, in 2007 Montevideo provided the highest quality of life in Latin America.
Described as a vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life, it is the hub of commerce and higher education in Uruguay. The architecture of Montevideo reflects its history, ranging from colonial to Art Deco, and influenced by Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and British immigrants.
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The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic approximately 300 miles east of the South American coast.
The majority of the 2,500 people that live in the Falkland Islands are of British descent. Over 80% live in the capital, Stanley, and the remainder live in settlements or on family farms around the islands.
The economy of the Falkland Islands was traditionally based on revenue from sheep ranching. However, with the creation of a conservation and management zone around the islands in 1986, income from a major offshore fishery has become the driver of economic growth. The Islands are now economically self-sufficient and investment in new facilities and services has brought about major improvements in the standard of living.
The Falkland Islands are filled with spectacular wildlife - a place where Nature is still in charge! Five species of penguin breed in the Falkland Islands. As well as the King, Gentoo and Magellanic (locally known as Jackass), there are Rockhopper and Macaroni all attracted to the Islands by the rich waters of the South Atlantic.
Sharing the white sandy beaches with the penguins are Elephant Seals, Sea Lions and Fur Seals; they hide in Tussac grass that can be ten feet tall in places. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded on the Islands, ranging from the tiny Tussac bird to large birds of prey such as the Striated and Crested Caracara, the majestic black-necked and Coscoroba Swans and, of course, the Black-Browed Albatross.