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Sail Across the Atlantic Ocean – This is the stuff dreams are made of.

An ocean crossing under sail from Tenerife, Canary Islands to Salvador in Brazil.

(c) photo by Ad Vermeulen, Adelino achterdek

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, but whilst at anchor or in port, you’ll have time to discover the islands and towns that we visit.

You can join in this extraordinary adventure, either as individual passenger or with a group with a maximum of 24 persons.

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.


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.

Starting our voyage in the zone of the trade winds, 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. The Southeast Trade winds, which we hope to pick up a few days later, and the south equatorial current, will bring us quickly to Salvador on the Brazilian coast.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, here preparations will be made for the Ocean Crossing to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

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!

Turtle rescue Time to read sitting in the Sun After the Doldrums

During this voyage maintenance on deck will be a ongoing thing. Of course next to that sailing will be the main ingredient of this leg. Another special feature on this voyage is the visit of King Neptune. He will turn the Pollywogs into real Shellbacks!


Embarkation: October 5th 2015, 5 PM
Disembarkation: November 1st 2015, 9 AM
Days: 28
Fare 4/6 person cabin: EUR 2380,-
Fare 2 person cabin: EUR 2800,-

The Voyage
After embarkation the ship will set sail either the same evening or the following early morning. It is just under 3000 nautical miles from Tenerife to Salvador.

Cabo Verde
If at all possible the Captain will absolutely try to visit one of the Cape Verde Islands en route to Salvador. 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.

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
After almost a month the ship will arrive in Salvador de Bahia. Most probably the ship will be anchor during the whole visitFor trainees who sail onwards it is ok to stay on board. We do suggest however to arrange accomodation on shore for a couple of days. Salvador is perfect to stretch those sealegs!

Tip: For those who stay on board for the onward voyages, it will be a good opportunity to see this historical city. Colonial buildings are a reminder of the African slavery period. The African-Brazilian culture is still very noticeable here. The ship will be at anchor and we advise you, if you want to have a proper look ashore, to book a hotel for three nights. Tenders to the shore and back will go a few times a day. Please note that the permanent crew will be busy doing maintenance on the ship during the stop-over in Salvador. 

Ocean Sailing
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.
Maria: “Although after a bit, when you get into the watch system and the daily routines, time floats away in a very peaceful manner. Even if the winds haven’t been the most favourable yet, we have at least been blessed with a bit of sunshine almost every day.”

Please Note – this is the third leg of a 100 Day Voyage from Horn, Netherlands to Cape Horn – for the full voyage options click here.


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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