This voyage will start in Sevilla. After embarking 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.
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.
After a stop in the Canary Islands, we sail to the Cape Verde Islands where the Magellan fleet has stopped at the end of the circumnavigation. Sailing in this part of the world is pleasant and the wind and currents are favorable and warm. The more south we sail, the temperatures will rise. During the voyage we sail about 150 miles off the coast of the Western Sahara with a favorable wind from north east.
From the Cape Verde Islands we will cross the ocean for a journey along the coast of Brazil, just like Magellan. Although Magellan made a stop in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, we will sail further to Montevideo. With more than a month at sea, there is more than enough time to assist in sail handling, helping with daily maintenance projects, sailtraining, learning about (celestial) navigation, ocean winds and currents. At night, you can admire the spectacular starry skies.
After serious mutinies and several storms, Magellan's fleet left the bay of Rio de Janeiro in August 1520. They sailed along the coast of South America in search of a certain strait that would allow passage through South America to the East. 500 years later, Europa will follow his route into the Strait of Magellan to finish this trip in Punta Arenas. But before we cross the Strait, we will make a spectacular detour to the Falkland Islands/Las Malvinas.
This voyage combines the best aspects of a sailing expedition on Bark Europa. Enough days at sea to really learn the ropes and feel comfortable setting the sails. Time to fully dive into the sailing theory with the permanent crew and bring this to practice on the tough and unpredictable weather and sea conditions in this remote area. And so many days of exploring the Falklands!
From Montevideo it will be around 1200 nautical miles of sailing before we arrive at the Falklands. Our crew will teach you all about sailing a tall ship. You will be participating in the watchsystem and help our permanent crew to sail the ship to the Falklands.
Once arrived at the Falklands you will have a lot of days to spend roaming the island with our guides and spotting its incredible wildlife. Spot Gentoo Penguins, Magellanic Penguins and a lone King Penguin with their chicks in their natural habitat, standing guard over their burrows. Spot the everpresent seabirds like the Kelp Geese, White Tufted Grebes, oystercatchers, petrels, and of course, the magnificent albatross. During zodiac expeditions to shore, you’ll be accompanied by many playful and curious Commerson's Dolphins and seals who like to show you the best way to go.
After about a week and a half of exploring we will set sail again across the ocean towards Chile where we will sail into the Strait of Magellan, reliving history again and ending our voyage finally in Punta Arenas.
For those who booked the full trip from Sevilla to Punta Arenas or combining two legs, it is possible to stay on board during the stopover in Sal and Port Stanley (Falklands) on a breakfast-only basis.
During the days between two legs the crew will take care of cabin cleaning, taking in new stores and will be busy with custom procedures and maintenance. The careful attention that the crew want to give to our voyage crew will therefore be limited during those days.
After breakfast all guests will therefore be brought to shore, which is a good opportunity to stretch those sea legs and explore the towns and islands. No lunch or dinner will be served and after dinner you will all be welcomed back on board!
However, during our stop in Tenerife, you can’t stay on board. Please arrange accommodation on the island for 2 nights from the 30th of September until the 2nd of October. On the 2nd you will be welcomed on board again at 17.00 in the afternoon.
The same goes for our stop in Montevideo; you won't be able to stay on board. Please arrange accommodation in the city for 2 nights from the 14th of November until the 16th of November. On the 16th you will be welcomed on board again at 17:00H.
Seville, Spain is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville. It is located on the plain of the Guadalquivir River. It is said that some cities have looks, others have personalities. Sevillanos have both.
Muslim Spain became the most powerful of the small kingdoms into which Islamic Spain split after Cordoba collapsed in 1031. In the 12th century a strict Islamic sect from Morocco took over Muslim Spain and made Seville capital of their whole realm. International trade increased immensely followed by massive building of Renaissance and Baroque building were erected due to Seville's new wealth. Two waves of the plague essentially eradicated most of the population and the Spanish Civil War in 1936 ruined Seville's economy. It wasn't until the 1980's when Spain elected a new prime minister and the Expo of 1992 (and associated infrastructure) brought millions of visitor. Seville's economic base today is a mix of tourism, commerce, technology and manufacturing industry.
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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.
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Punta Arenas, Chile
Punta Arenas (English: "Sandy Point") is the capital city of Chile's southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. It is the largest city south of the 46th parallel south latitude.
Sitting on the Straits of Magellan Punta Arenas was established in 1848 as a tiny penal colony. During the remainder of the 1800's, it became increasingly important as international trade across the straits grew. The nearby countryside went through a gold rush and a sheep farming boom around 1900. Chile used Punta Arenas to exert sovereignty in southernmost South America. The straits of Magellan were recognized as Chilean in the Boundary treaty of 1881 between Chile and Argentina. The city is important for logistics in the Antarctic peninsula.