MONTEVIDEO – The naval training vessels from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico and Venezuela competing in the 2018 Velas LatinAmerica regatta sailed into the broad port of Montevideo on Thursday.
The onshore coordinator, Uruguayan navy Capt. Pablo Quezada, told EFE that Montevideo was the second stop in the South American country for these vessels, which visited Punta del Este earlier.
The sailing ships’ arrival in the Uruguayan capital is “an unprecedented event,” Quezada said.
Crews will tour the Uruguayan capital and participate in cultural exchange activities, the navy officer said.
The visit and activities are “part of the fraternization among these countries’ naval forces that we promote in our organization,” Quezada said.
The “naval celebration becomes a celebration for the people,” who will have a chance to visit and tour each participating vessel, the captain said.
On April 15, the training ships will pull up anchor and sail for Buenos Aires.
The 2018 Velas LatinAmerica is the third such regatta, a competition launched in 2010 to commemorate the bicentennial of the first uprisings in South America’s wars of independence from Spain.
Competitors include Spain’s Juan Sebastian de Elcano, a fully rigged four-mast ship nearing 90 years of service in the Spanish fleet, and Chile’s Esmeralda, the Elcano’s “twin,” built in the Cadiz shipyards in 1927.