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The equator

Door: Richard Simko

This week we reached a major milestone. An imaginary line that we crossed during the evening hours on 5th of May put us on the same hemisphere as our home port in the Netherlands. After 6 weeks on the sea, we crossed the...

We must sail

Door: Jordi Plana Morales

“I find the greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in which direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail,...

mei 2020

A Mexican surprise

Door: Emma Swannack

Yesterday our galley crew, Gjalt and Emma, had a day off, which they spent going on a vacation to  Mexico... TripAdvisor Review Lacasadepapel 5* Holiday Resort, Mexico We have just returned from an incredible...

Stargazing

Door: Richard Simko

Those of us who have already sailed in the tropics say, this trip feels a little different due to the amount of rain we experienced for last few days. Also the wind feels let’s say a little “confused”. Not so...

A day's work

Door: Jordi Plana Morales

Combining the whole of the crew are the hands, muscles and brains sailing the Europa across the oceans.  From galley to captain, all are working for the common goal of crossing from South to North Atlantic....

Widening our horizon

Door: Eric Kesteloo

Out here, except in bad visibility, we have unlimited views all around. There is however this sort of line where the sky meets the water, called the horizon. The horizon is where mother Earth limits how far we can see,...

Vastness of the Sea

Door: Richard Simko

It is hard to comprehend the vastness of the sea. Only when you are in the middle of it not seeing any land for weeks, it really hits you. Standing on the helm with some time for thoughts we admire the raw power of the ocean....

april 2020

Stillness and calm

Door: Richard Simko

Stillness and calm. Almost for the whole week we are stuck at 21° latitude. “Epic slow” says Krista, our bosun, paraphrasing the title of Eric’s post from two weeks ago about an epic low...

Steering through ever-changing seas

Door: Jordi Plana Morales

We steer the ship through any kind of winds and weather, through high and low pressure systems and the wavering areas in-between them, making it necessary even to heave-to, to wait for better airs to follow. The changeable...

Licking our wound

Door: Eric

With our trips into the Southern Ocean and to Antarctica, we are quite used to heavy weather sailing. The Drake Passage is known for its rough seas, but after some 60 odd crossings in all kinds of conditions, I...