SANTO DOMINGO – Peruvian training ship Union on Thursday led the entry of the vessel participating in the third edition of Velas Latin America regatta into the Santo Domingo port.
The vessel – which carries more than 1,500 men and women – will traverse some 12,000 nautical miles docking in ports in various parts of South America and the Caribbean along the way, where an assortment of activities fostering cultural exchange are set to take place.
The five-month-long trip will complete the training of the aspiring midshipmen and cadets, who will be demonstrating the operation of the ships to the public, as well as socializing with the other crews.
Training vessels Cisne Branco, from Brazil; Libertad, from Argentina; Esmeralda, from Chile; Cuauhtemoc, from Mexico; Simon Bolivar, from Venezuela and Peru’s Union participated in a naval review before entering the terminal.
Crew members of the Union – the youngest and largest ship participating in the event – offered a 21-gun salute as the vessel was approaching the port.
The coordinator of the 2018 edition of Velas, navy Capt. Beni Bautista, told EFE that the Dominican Republic expects both locals and tourists to get a chance to visit the ships and share experiences with the various crews.
The regatta set sail on March 25 in Rio de Janeiro and has docked in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Punta Arenas, Talcahuano, Valparaiso and Antofagasta, among other ports.
The quadrennial event started in 2010 thanks to an initiative by the navies of Argentina and Chile to commemorate the bicentennial of the first uprisings in South America’s wars of independence from Spain.