Latin American regatta reaches historic seaport of Valparaíso

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Published On : Wed, Apr 9th, 2014

Sailing ships from Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Chile entered the historical Valparaíso harbor on Tuesday, as a part of a six month cruise.

Latin American regatta reaches historic seaport of Valparaíso

The ships of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. Photo by Sandra Segall / The Santiago Times

For four days the gigantic flags of six sailing ships will be waving in the Valparaíso port before heading north to Peru. Having already passed through Talcahuano in Chile’s Biobío Region, they will sail the bay of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, and continue their journey towards their final destination in Veracruz, Mexico.

“We set sail in Venezuela on Jan. 4, then we met up with the rest of the ships in Brazil,” Venezolan Lt. Madriz Antonio told The Santiago Times. “The regatta will end in Mexico on June 18.”

The regatta includes ships from across Latin America, each flying its national flag proudly. Photo by Sandra Segall / The Santiago Times

The regatta includes ships from across Latin America, each proudly flying its national flag. Photo by Sandra Segall / The Santiago Times

The transnational Latin American Regatta, Velas Latinoamérica 2014 is a tradition that takes place every four years. The Argentine ship Libertad, the Brazilian Cisne Blanco, the Ecuadorian Guayas, Colombia’s Gloria, the Venezuelan vessel Simón Bolívar and Chile’s Esmeralda are all open for the public to visit.

“Not only is this a manifestation of the commitment of these navies to their nations, but also a value added to the tourism of Viña del Mar for the days before the Easter Week,” Viña del Mar Mayor Virginia Reginato said in a press release.

Products at local market set up for the occasion also had a marine theme, in this case accessories made out of fish scales. Photo by Sandra Segall / The Santiago Times

Products at local market set up for the occasion also had a marine theme, in this case accessories are made out of fish scales. Photo by Sandra Segall / The Santiago Times

Alongside the regatta, Valparaíso’s harborside Plaza Sotomayor is hosting a diverse market for small scale local entrepreneurs. The space offers a variety of local products, such as jewelry made from fish scales, homegrown chilli and craft beer from local microbreweries.

The six sailing ships are open for the public to visit in the harbor until Sunday. The next regatta takes place in 2018, coinciding with the bicentenary of the Chilean Armed Forces.

The ships are docked at El Molo de Abrigo, and the general public can visit them free of charge from 2 p.m. through 8 p.m., until this Saturday.

The Argentine ship Libertad fired 21 cannon shots in order to salute the port of Valparaíso. Photo by Sandra Segall / The Santiago Times

The Argentine ship Libertad fired 21 cannon shots in order to salute the port of Valparaíso. Photo by Sandra Segall / The Santiago Times

By Sandra Segall
Copyright 2014 – The Santiago Times

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Sandra Segall
Sandra Segall
Sandra is a print and radio journalist with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies. She specializes in international affairs and human rights. Follow her on Twitter via @sandrasegall or contact her at sandra@santiagotimes.cl.