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Back in Blue

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 4, 2010

Back in Blue – by Matthew Maples
26-09-2010 14:50

Position: 39.49.8′N x 55.53.2′W

With a summer of lake sailing in her wake, bark Europa, the ocean wanderer, is back on the waters that provide her namesake. Gone are blue-green waters and the hordes of flies, moths and spiders. They have given way to King Neptune’s waters of royal azure and the endless, expansive horizons of his realm. Our exotic destination this time? Salvador, Brazil.

This is not the same Europa who left the Atlantic last June. A nine day stay in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia left her with a new topmast, fore backstays and spectacularly shiny new crosstrees to match an equally gleaming paint and varnish make-over. Even her iron sails (engines) hum quieter after a gang of engineers overhauled the Caterpillar engines down below. Europa looked perfectly in place on Lunenburg’s waterfront of bright timber stores and warehouses. A veritable mecca of a port for traditionally-rigged sailing ships, Lunenburg, once home to Canada’s famous schooner fishing fleet, is now home-port to Canada’s famed schooner, the Bluenose II, as well as the equally reputable Picton Castle, a bark of similar rig and size to Europa. No doubt the Europa was well-received in a coastal town that gleefully displays models of the Bluenose II and Picton Castle in nearly every store and café!

Click here to continue reading about Matt’s adventures on Europa

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