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Die Antigua

The three-mast sailing ship Antigua was built in 1957 in Thorne (UK) and sailed as a fishing vessel in her early years, until she was purchased in the early 1990s by Dutch tallship enthusiasts and re-fitted thoroughly as a barkentine for passenger traffic.

Since then, the Antigua has got  16 twin passenger cabins, each with individual toilet and shower and a small porthole (the two front cabins have the porthole actually in the bathroom). The Antigua is a regular sight in Spitsbergen’s fjords since 2009.

Occasionally, the crew will need your − the passengers’ − help during sailing maneouvres. Up to 32 passengers share these little duties, and as a result, you as individual will experience this as part of the adventure rather than a burden. Sailing experience is not necessary, as the crew will always be there to supervise..

Antigua at Moffen, at the north coast of Spitsbergen

Some details:

FlaggDutch
Home portFraneker near Harlingen (NL)
The nautical crew7 persons, mostly Dutch and Germans (Captain, navigators, deck/service crew).
Expedition Leader/GuideI - Rolf Stange - will be Expedition Leader on my own departures. Additionally, there is an experienced, knowledgeable guide/lecturer.
Board languageThe voyages organized by Rolf Stange and Geo-RG with SV Antigua are German speaking! All crew members speak English, most of them also Dutch and/or German.
Electricity220 V with European standard plug.
Length (complete)49.50 metres
Width7.13 metres
Draft3.10 metres
Maximum sail area750 m2
Main engineCummins 400 PS
Speed5-7 knots, depending on currents & weather
Bow thrusterYes
Certificate number9336ZZ
Passenger cabins16 twin cabins, each with toilet and shower. The cabins will most likely be smaller than your home :)

Photo gallery Antigua

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With good wind, we can make 8 knots under sail. Then we need hands on deck. If you want to, you can also handle the steering wheel under supervision. The crew is taking care of more difficult operations.

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Climbing up to the crow's nest is an experience you shouldn't miss - afer some instructions and secured with a harness.

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We use the small boat for our landings. A piece of cake in calm conditions; otherwise it can be a bit wet. Rocky coasts are more demanding.

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The Antigua is obviously not an icebreaker, but she is a tough nut and small enough to get through the smallest holes...

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The 'Flying Dutchman' - Antigua in evening light at a walrus coloney (lovely, isn't it?) - lecture inside

Any questions? Interest? Please do not hesitate to get in touch: Contact.

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last modification: 2013-10-12 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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