Sailing Trip Atlantic Crossing

South Africa - Uruguay


Crossing the Atlantic from South Africa to Uruguay

45-day sailing trip with the Bark Europa from Cape Town to Montevideo

Cape Town/South Africa - Montevideo/ Uruguay

Dates: Sept 29th - Nov 12th 2023

Travel Fare: from 4,500 EUR

The Bark Europa is a training ship. The passengers are considered a part of the crew and therefore receive detailed safety instructions. Depending on your interest and condition, you will be assigned tasks on board. The permanent crew will be there to help and advise you. For example, you can assist with navigation, set sails, steer the ship or support the crew on watch. Sailing experience is not required.
You will quickly understand that teamwork is the key to a unique sailing adventure. However, the Bark Europa also invites its passengers to relax. The ship is ideally equipped for longer sea voyages. It has a library, a lounge, a poker area and a lounge, the deckhouse. In addition, there is a DVD and CD player and radio on board. The majority of the crew is Dutch, but English is predominantly spoken on board.


Crossing the Atlantic from South Africa to Uruguay

45-day sailing trip with the Bark Europa from Cape Town to Montevideo


Join us aboard Bark EUROPA and experience what it's like to be away from civilization for more than 40 days. Our adventure begins in Cape Town, South Africa, from where we'll cross the vast South Atlantic Ocean towards Montevideo, Uruguay. This extraordinary journey is a unique opportunity for sailing enthusiasts who wish to learn the ropes and fully embrace the rhythm of the sea.

The upcoming voyage of Bark EUROPA holds a special significance as it marks its first ocean crossing since the restoration following the accident in Cape Town. We are immensely grateful for the incredible support we've received from everyone. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our team and external partners, the ship has been completely restored. Before embarking on our crossing, a shakedown voyage is on the agenda: a short trial journey before we cross the Atlantic. Travel with us as EUROPA triumphs and is ready to embark on new adventures.

Departure from Cape Town
Guided by our experienced captain and crew, for the first time in 15 years, EUROPA will set sail on a direct crossing from Cape Town to Montevideo. We'll harness the prevailing south-eastern trade winds, which generally favour our westward journey. While we remain mindful of different weather patterns, including storms, calms, and shifts in wind direction, our course adjustments will ensure an enjoyable sailing experience.

The Crossing
Experience the thrill of sailing a historical ship. Not only do you get to enjoy the sun and the surroundings of the ship, but you also have the opportunity to actively participate in the sailing of the ship. There is plenty of time on sea to assist with sail handling, helping with all kinds of maintenance activities and enjoying lectures on topics ranging from sail setting and striking, to meteorology, navigation, and seamanship. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a first-time adventurer, come and work together with your fellow trainees and crew on board the Bark EUROPA and enjoy this beautiful and once-in-a-lifetime sailing voyage together.

As the night falls, you’ll be mesmerized by the clear skies, which offer magnificent opportunities for stargazing. Soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of the stars, learn about the constellations and enjoy the peacefulness of the open sea at night.

Looking back down from the stars and into the ocean, you’ll be able to witness another beauty of nature’s wonder. Be mesmerized by the stunning sight of the algae lightning up on the bow of the ship. The magical effect is further enhanced when we’re accompanied by dolphins, who take some time to swim with us, while their tails light up under water.

This crossing offers you magically starry nights, swim stops, the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and helping our crew with maintenance.

Become a sailor on board Bark Europa
During this incredible adventure, you won't simply be a guest, but an active participant in the sailing experience on board Bark EUROPA. Our dedicated crew will guide you in mastering the art of sailing a tall ship, covering everything from hoisting sails to navigating the rigging. Regardless of your prior experience, this hands-on opportunity will deepen your understanding of traditional seafaring. As part of the voyage, you'll engage in the rotating watch system, allowing you to actively participate in sailing the ship under the guidance of our experienced crew.

You’ll be divided into three watches – red, white and blue – named after the colours of the Dutch flag. During your four-hour watch, you will be working alongside our experienced sailors to keep the ship running smoothly. You and your watch members will take on different tasks to keep the Bark EUROPA sailing smoothly. Two people will be on helm duty, making sure to steer the ship at a steady course. During the watch there will also always be two people on look-out duty. When you spot ships, debris, or wildlife this will be communicated to the officer of the watch.

This hands-on experience will enable you to develop your sailing skills and learn to navigate the ship as a team. For those seeking an extra thrill, there are plenty of opportunities to climb the rigging or contribute to the ship's maintenance. All that's truly required is your enthusiasm for learning, a passion for adventure, and a willingness to embrace new experiences. The onboard atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, fostering a sense of camaraderie among fellow adventurers.

After your watch, you’ll have eight hours ‘off watch’. There is plenty of free time to rest and enjoy the scenery. Whether you wish to do some quiet reading or writing in your logbook in the library or enjoy an active role in the social life of the deckhouse: there is a place for everyone. Enjoy a good talk and a glass of wine at the bar with your fellow crewmates, play some games or attend the lectures given by the crew on various subjects, from traditional sailor skills and knowledge to science and astronomy.

Upon reaching Uruguay and disembarking after a spectacular ocean crossing, you can rightfully consider yourself a fully-fledged sailor with memories and friends for life.

Responsibility to care
As you sail over the ocean, you will instantly understand the importance of having respect for the environment. This philosophy plays a big role on board Bark EUROPA and among her crew. We hope to inspire you to focus on everything around you: not just a vast open ocean, but a world on its own. We offer our voyage crew the experience to look at this world of endless ever changing blue and listening to the sound of the ocean, the wind in our sails and to the peace and tranquility around us.

On this ocean crossing, we have the privilege of being joined by experts from various fields, enriching the voyage with their knowledge. These scientists and students conduct research projects and share their insights into the wonders of the ocean, providing a unique learning experience for all onboard.

By conducting safe and environmentally responsible sailing voyages, we offer firsthand travel experiences to give our guests a better understanding of the ocean itself and the animals that call this place their home. We hope that this way we create a group of ocean ambassadors all over the world.

As we work together with universities and other institutions, we hope to connect the scientific world with our world at sea. We aim to bring scientific knowledge to a wider audience and help to create more awareness for the state of the oceans and the polar regions. Together with researchers, universities, and companies, we have been able to collect solid data in the recent years. To build such a database, a great deal of effort over several years is required and we are happy to make every effort as a platform for collecting this data.

So, are you ready to embrace the challenges and rewards of this epic voyage? Join us on board Bark EUROPA and embark on a journey that will leave you with lifelong memories and friends and a newfound appreciation for the power and beauty of the ocean.

Booking Checklist

Crossing the Atlantic from South Africa to Uruguay

45-day sailing trip with the Bark Europa from Cape Town to Montevideo

Please send us your travel registration by email by 24 September at the latest!

For booking your Sailing Expedtion with the Bark Europa, please send back the following documents (see the links for the pdf-files) filled-out and signed best by email or fax:

  • Booking FormOnly booking forms that include full personal details and health statement will be processed to complete booking.
  • Passport: send us a copy of your passport valid at least six months counting from voyage commencement.

After receiving your booking forms, we will send you the booking confirmation and invoice whereupon a deposit of 1/3 is due. The second third is payable until 3 months prior departure and the last third until 1.5 months prior departure. If you pay from outside the EURO-zone, paying by credit card might be the cheapest option. But still we have to charge a non-refundable credit card fee of 2.5%.

Further Documents required not later than 30 days prior departure (without those it will not be possible for the skipper to accept you for the expedition):

For further details we refer to:

Besides to those please read the following leaflets and explanatory notes referring our behaviour at the Antarctica, how to protect the environment and reduce our ecolocical footprint:

You will travel on a modern Sailing Vessel. Please keep in mind, that safety first is the highest priority for all sailors on board. For this reason the exact route cannot be predicted and has to be adjusted by the captain/ skipper continuously according to the conditions - for the well-being of the whole team.

Travel specific notes

Travel registration must be made by 24 September at the latest!

All crew and voyage crew do not have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 anymore, but it remains highly recommended.
We advise all voyage crew to have a cancellation and travel insurance that includes covid coverage.
We advise all voyage crew to arrive at 2-3 days before embarkation in the port of departure.
We kindly ask voyage crew above the age of 65 to send in an additional health statement signed by their physician.

Two person cabins: Bark Europa only has 3 two-person cabins. Two persons cabins are of the same standard as the shared cabins and offer no extra luxuries or room. The extra privacy is its main advantage. When two-person cabins are sold out and two sailors book a shared cabin instead they can make a note of their preference for a private cabin, so we can contact them in case of cancellations. 

Meal options and allergies: Meal options onboard are: non-vegetarian or vegetarian. Due to the limited size of our galley and storage room, all other meal requirements and allergies need to be checked with our cook first before we can confirm a booking. A vegan diet cannot be catered for onboard Europa. 

Health statement: Being fit and healthy is extremely important when undertaking a voyage on a sailing and moving vessel in remote areas where no extra medical care is available. Safety is our number one priority. In addition to the health statement in the booking form, we ask our sailors aged 65 or over to submit a statement from their physician. This can be found here. Our Antarctica voyages and ocean crossings are not available for sailors of 73 years or older. 

Your answers on the health statement and booking form are used to inform the captain and/or the ships doctor when available on your voyage, so we expect you to keep them accurate and inform us of any changes in your medical situation between the moment of booking and the moment of embarkation.
You cannot sail on Europa if you are pregnant. Bookings of sailors that are diabetic, use heart medication or blood thinners, or have had treatment in the last years that has influenced their immune system will require that we seek advice from our team of ships doctors about the suitability of the different voyages.

Explanatory Advices

Weather and ice conditions are a constant changing parameter, and are an integral part of travelling in the South. Depending on the conditions at the time, the itinerary may be adapted accordingly to maximise the experience for everyone on board and to ensure the safety of the vessel and personnel.

The Agency 'SLOWTRAVEL experience' is not the organizer, rather the agent of this travel. Therefore the Terms & Conditions of the Shipping Company are applicable.

For further informations please do not hesitate to contact us. Changes and errors excepted!