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It’s been rigged! Famous sailing ship takes wind out of Cape ...

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It’s been rigged! Famous sailing ship takes wind out of Cape Town sails

Well over a century old but as beautiful as ever, Europa has stopped off is on her way home from Antarctica

Senior reporter

Cape Town this week played host to one of the world’s best-looking ships – a 56m triple masted barque returning from an Antarctic expedition.

The Europa has more history swirling around her deck than there is south-easter in her mainsails, and is a popular addition to the Cape Town skyline. She is currently berthed at the V&A’s Jetty 2 after some maintenance work at the Waterfront’s synchro lift. With her towering masts and prominent prow she looks better suited to the 19th century than 2022, but her classic appearance belies her modern utility; she has two auxiliary engines to help her out of the Doldrums or when she needs to stick to a voyage schedule. But she still spends most of her time under sail. 

Her current stopover follows a 50-day voyage from Ushuaia in Argentina, via South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha. She will soon set sail – literally – for the Netherlands...

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