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Transatlantic sailing adventure Europe to South America

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Sail Across the Atlantic Ocean

An ocean crossing under sail from Tenerife, Canary Islands to Montevideo, Uruguay. This is the stuff dreams are made of.

An incredible opportunity to join a historic tall ship on the trip of a lifetime where you are the crew for this transatlantic crossing.

The tropical climate and the always-present trade wind make it a true sailing paradise. You will be part of the crew and will participate in the watches when the ship is at sea, and will hopefully get to stop off at Cabo Verde in the Verde Islands on our way across the Atlantic.

No sailing experience needed as you’ll be on board a remarkable training vessel so you will learn all you need while on the move.  Once the ship has left port you will be assigned to the watch system and you will sail and steer the ship, with help and instruction from the permanent crew.

The Voyage

Setting off from Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands you’ll travel through the main weather systems of the world and over the equator. The first days at sea will be easy-going with favourable winds and pleasant temperatures. Towards the equator we will leave the trade wind-zone and enter an area with light winds and calms. We will be continuously adjusting our sails to catch the variable winds and make some progress.

The Doldrums are a broad belt of shallow low pressure around the equator. In general little wind can be expected. The localities where the winds of two hemispheres converge are characterized by huge cumulonimbus cloud and associated heavy rainfall, squalls and thunderstorms.

The temperature of the seawater is over 27 degrees and this is the area where the tropical storms and hurricanes are born. Rainfall can be so heavy that visibility is reduced to 50 meters or less. The weather is hot, with the sun almost straight above our heads.

At night the sky is full with stars. Many of them you will never have seen before. The Southern Cross, for example, is now completely visible.

During this voyage you will have plenty of time to learn the skills on square rigged sailing and enjoy a real sailors life. Once the ship has left port you will be assigned to the watch system and you will sail and steer the ship, of course with some help of the crew. As this is quite a long voyage at sea the sail training aspect is a real part of this trip. But of course there still is enough time to relax and enjoy your time with your fellow trainees or take some time to read and star gaze!

Cabo Verde
If at all possible the Captain will absolutely try to visit one of the Cape Verde Islands en route to Uruguay. Diversity of the Cape Verde Islands: One of the main draws of the Cape Verde islands is the tropical climate and stunning beaches for the ultimate sun-lovers holiday, but there is much more to discover across the archipelago…

Equator crossing
During this voyage we will cross the equator, for sailors the world over, crossing the Equator means that the sailor leaves the ranks of the landlubber (a person who works and lives on land) and becomes a real sailor, a shellback.

Montevideo, Uruguay
After approximately 44 days at sea the ship will arrive in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Dates: 29th Sept 2016 – 11 Nov 2016 44 days

Depart:Tenerife, Canary Islands
Arrive: Montevideo, Uruguay


  • 4/6 person cabin: 2,980 EUR
  • 2 person cabin (limited): 3,900 EUR


Bark EuropaThe vessel is registered as a sail training ship and as such you will be mustered as voyage crew. This means that, more so than on a passenger ship, you will get extensive safety instructions and we ask you to join in the watch system.

Participating in sailing and running of the tall ship is part of the overall experience on board. The level of participation will depend on your interest and physical condition. On deck you work together with the permanent crew. The watch system consists of joining the permanent crew for 4 hours, after which you will be off for 8 hours.


Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling.

This will be done in a “Dutch” style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on. Also, you will find no uniforms onboard.

Crossing the ocean properly with a square rigger under sail like this is a team effort, so we appreciate every input from the voyage crew. Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.

One hour on board and it will instantly be clear: “teamwork” has to be the key to this beautiful traditional sailing vessel. No winches, but an infinity of lines; at first glance maybe a complete jungle. The hundreds of blocks look like spiders in their webs. The novice sailor will be introduced to these matters every day and, after a few weeks, all those lines, blocks, stays, booms with their impossible names and functions become an open book.

The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship is equipped with a DVD player, a CD player, i-Pod connection and radio. There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The comfortable cabins each have an en-suite toilet and shower.

An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day. The general meal times on board are:
Breakfast: 07:00 – 09:00
Lunch: 13:00
Dinner: 19:00
Coffee and tea: 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 20:00

Baking of bread and cookies is done at night.
At sea, midnight snacks are prepared, usually during the dog watch (24:00-04:00)


The vessel was built in 1911 under the name of  “Senator Brockes” at the Stulcken shipyard in Hamburg, at the request of the city of Hamburg. The ship was put into service as Elbe 3 lightship on the river Elbe, and later worked as a stand-by vessel. In 1986 the ship was brought to the Netherlands. Over a period of 8 years, she was completely rebuilt and rigged as a three-masted bark.

The rebuilding and conversion to a sailing vessel was carried out under the supervision of the Dutch Shipping Inspection, Bureau Veritas and Register Holland. She sails with worldwide certificates from each of these authorities and she complies with the highest requirements for sailing ships.

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