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Cape Town welcomes Argentinean tall ship

by City of Cape Town
on 23 Apr 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

One of the world's tallest and fastest sailing ships, the ARA Libertad belonging to the Argentinean Navy, arrives in Cape Town on Saturday, 26 April on a six-day goodwill visit.

Deputy Executive Mayor, Grant Haskin, will officially welcome this magnificent vessel on her arrival in Table Bay harbour at 10:00.

This beautiful tall ship, one of the largest of its kind in the world, will be moored at Quay 2, V&A Waterfront until she sets sail for Mauritius on 2 May.

Built in 1958 in the Argentinean shipyard of Rio Santiago, the Libertad was incorporated into the Argentinean navy as a training frigate in 1963. She weighs 3 765 tons, measures almost 104 meters in length and has a beam of 14.3 meters. Her 27 sails span 2 700m2 of sail surface and her main mast is 52 metres tall.

Since her maiden voyage in 1963, she has travelled over 800 000 nautical miles and visited 513 ports in 69 countries. This is her 39th training voyage and her third visit to Cape Town.

She has won the Boston Tea Pot trophy nine times, and in 1966 established the world record for a transatlantic crossing between Canada and Ireland, sailing 2 059 nautical miles in 8.5 days.

The commanding officer, Captain Juan José Iglesias, is a veteran of the South Atlantic Conflict (Malvinas War) of 1982. Under his command are 310 men and women including 26 officers, 90 midshipmen, 186 warrant and non-commissioned officers, and eight junior naval officers from other countries.

Cape Town is the first stop on the ship's eight month around the world trip. She is to visit another 16 ports before returning to Buenos Aires on 6 December.

As part of the city's welcome, there will be a 21-gun salute from Signal Hill, and nautical clubs have been invited to sail their vessels into the bay to receive the frigate at sea.

The media are invited to the following media conference:

DATE: Saturday, 26 April 2008
TIME: 10:30
VENUE: On board the ARA Libertad, Quay 2, V&A Waterfront (next to the Table Bay Hotel)

GUESTS:
* His Excellency Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, Carlos Sersale di Cerisano
* Commander of the Libertad, Captain Juan Iglesias
* Deputy Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Grant Haskin

* Photographs of the ARA Libertad are available on request from Afrikom Strategic Communications, Tel: 021 423 7263 or e-mail: media@afrikom.co.za

END

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 163/2008
23 APRIL 2008


ISSUED BY:
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719

MEDIA QUERIES:
FRITZ MARX
MANAGER: PROTOCOL AND MAYORAL EVENTS
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 1217 CELL: 084 4101 332

ALEJANDRO G. DEIMUNDO ESCOBAL
COUNSELLOR CULTURAL AFFAIRS
EMBASSY OF THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC
TEL: 012 342 4041 OR E-MAIL: ALEJO.DEIMUNDO@EMBASSYOFARGENTINA.CO.ZA

CAPTAIN GUSTAVO E DÍAZ DURÁN
DEFENCE, NAVAL, MILITARY AND AIR ATTACHÉ
EMBASSY OF THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC
TEL: 012 460 3683 CELL: 083 729 6698
E-MAIL: AGSA@ARA.MIL.AR


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