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Caribbean Compass Sailing Magazine - March 2018

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— Continued from previous page Velas Latinoamérica to Visit Curaçao Lourdes Ezechiëls reports: “Our Curaçao Sail Foundation has lobbied for more than ten years to bring the Velas Latinoamérica tall ships event to our port city. And here she comes.... Willemstad will be the port of call for 11 tall ships from July 15th to 18th! The harbor will welcome national sail-training ships representing Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Perú, Uruguay, Mexico, Venezuela and more. The The Chilean sail-training vessel Esmeralda will be among 11 tall ships visiting Caribbean ports this summer during Velas Latinoamérica The idea for Velas Latinoamérica was born when, on the occasion of the celebration of the bicentenary of the first acts of independence in South America, the Chilean and Argentine navies decided to organize the first South American International Encounter of Tall Ships, as a way of highlighting these patriotic events. This initiative was quickly welcomed by other Latin American nations, such as the Republics of Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, whose independence struggles also began in 1810. The first edition, called “Velas Sudamérica 2010”, in which 11 school ships visited more than 12 ports in different countries, turned out to be particularly valuable from a practical point of view. In 2012, the XXV Inter-American Naval Conference took place in Cancún, Mexico. On the occasion, the Commanders-in-Chief of the assembled navies analyzed the cultural repercussions and the valuable experience obtained during the development of Velas Sudamérica 2010, and agreed to repeat this event every four years, changing its name to Velas Latinoamérica. The 2014 edition was organized by the Argentine Republic, and this year’s event is being organized by Chile. Visit tallshipscuracao.org and www.facebook.com/ CuracaoSailFoundation or contact tallships.curacao@gmail.com for more information on the Curaçao Sail Foundation. Visit www.velaslatinoamerica2018.cl and www.facebook.com/ VelasLatinoamericaCuracao2018 for more information on Velas Latinoamérica. FUNDACION MAR DE CHILE MARCH 2018 CARIBBEAN COMPASS PAGE 6 four days will be full of activities, music, dance, shops, food stalls, etcetera — too much to tell.” Velas Latinoamérica will begin on March 25th in Rio de Janiero, and then make port calls along the Atlantic and Pacific sides of South America before passing through the Panama Canal into the Caribbean Sea in early July. After stopping in Curaçao, the fleet will visit Cartagena, Colombia; La Guaira, Venezuela; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Cozumel, Mexico, before finishing in Veracruz, Mexico in late August. Ooops! Eagle-eyed Compass reader Greg Defreitas has brought to our attention that we had the wrong date listed for the summer solstice on our annual calendar of events 2018, published in the January 2018 issue of Compass. We had the summer solstice listed as May 20th, and the correct date of course is June 21st. We’ve heard of “island time” being late, but something happening a month early is unheard of! Welcome Aboard! In this issue of Caribbean Compass we welcome new advertiser the Salty Dawg Sailing Association of the US, on page 12. Good to have you with us! The Renaissance Marina, located in the heart of Oranjestad is part of the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino and can accommodate more than 50 yachts. Located at 12° 31' 2.3124'' N 70° 2' 16.8'' W, Renaissance Marina is the island‘s most beautiful marina. It stretches over much of this picturesque waterfront community combining the largest entertainment and shopping facility in Aruba with the natural beauty of the Marina. The marina supplies fresh running water and 110/220/360V 60Hz electricity, satellite TV with security guards on duty 24 hours a day. For your convenience there are showers and ice machines available. Contact us by phone at +297 588-0260 or visit our website: www.renaissancemarina.com Operating Hours: Mon - Sat, from 8am to 6pm

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