Thursday, April 6, 2017

A To Z Challenge – E is for Tall Ship Europa

The Bark “EUROPA”, built in 1911, is a well known Tall Ship. Since 1994 she has taken part in Tall Ship Races all over the World: many times in Europe, but also in South Korea, Japan and the United States & Canada (East & West Coast, as well as the Great Lakes). EUROPA travels the oceans, visiting Antarctica from December till March and participating in The Tall Ships’ Races during the summer.

She is a ship that really sails, with her full set of Studding Sails (which you will not find on every Tall Ship), she has covered many miles, thus giving her the nickname “Ocean Wanderer”.

Although not the largest ship in the fleet, EUROPA is very much appreciated for the atmosphere on board as well as her looks. Everything about her gives the impression that our guests are on a true sailing ship from a forgotten era: the rope work on deck, the woodwork inside and outside, the pictures in the Deckhouse and of course the three traditionally rigged masts of which 2 are square rigged (being a Barque) and can hoist up to a maximum of 30 sails! The above photo was taken in the middle of the Pacific Ocean while on her way from San Diego to the Falkland Islands (rounding Cape Horn along the way!)
Apart from making wonderful voyages, the EUROPA is often used for Corporate Hospitality.

The options are wide: receptions, sponsoring of trainees and/or a combination of the two; advertisements, product introductions, wine tasting, daytrips – even weddings. She has once taken part in a movie and in 2006 the EUROPA took part for 14 days as a background for the opera “Der Fliegende Holländer” by Richard Wagner!

For a reception on board the EUROPA the deck, deckhouse and wonderful library can accommodate up to a maximum of 120 guests. The deck can be covered with an awning in case of rain or too much sunshine. In the deckhouse a bar can be used. Catering (food and beverages) is mostly arranged from the shoreside. Captain and/or mate and other crew can attend the event to explain about the ship, its history, and the adventures EUROPA undertakes every year.

Class: A
Nationality: Netherlands
Length: 44.50 m
Height: 28.16 m
Rig: Barque 3
Year built: 1911
Home port: The Hague, Netherlands
The Europa will participate in Rendez-Vous 2017
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