The shorelines of South America have become home to a stunning sailing spectacular this spring, as international sailing vessels navigate the continent’s coastline in an organized event known as “Velas LatinoAmerica 2014” (Latin American Candles), or the International Navy Regatta.
Participating vessels, many of which are official Navy vessels from South American countries, include the Cisne Branco from Brazil, the Esmeralda from Chile, the Gloria from Colombia, the Guayas from Ecuador and the Simon Bolivar from Venezuela. The regatta set sail on Feb. 11 from Itajai, Brazil and will circumnavigate South American ports, until the ships reach the final port in Veracruz, Mexico on June 21,. Other ports of call include Punta del Este, Uruguay; Ushuaia, Argentina; Valparaiso, Chile; El Callao, Peru; Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Organized by the Argentine Navy, in part to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of a victorious naval combat between the United Provinces of South America and the Spanish Empire, the sailing event was designed to celebrate the fraternity between South American nations.
Ship lovers who want a unique perspective of the event, can join expedition cruise specialist Australis, on several of their March cruises. The sailing regatta enters Patagonian waters at the same time Australis’ ships sail the region, with itineraries coinciding on routes between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas.
Australis guests in Ushuaia March 14-17, at Cape Horn March 17-18 and in Punta Arenas March 21-24 will be able to view the majestic ships from shore, and participate in the related celebrations being held on land, including ceremonial activities, visiting sailboats and a variety of presentations.
All-inclusive cruises with Australis start at $1,389 per person sharing, depending on the season and itinerary, and include sea transportation, shore excursions, onboard entertainment, all meals and an open bar.
Velas Latinoamerica 2014