Visitors and crews enjoy the spectacle

22 September 2013

Visitors and crews enjoy the spectacle

More than 54,000 people visited the Port Vell yesterday to admire the vessels of the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta and the exhibition "Barcelona Sails" in the village at Portal de la Pau.   Along the Moll de Barcelona, where the giants are moored Mir (Russia) - pictured - Cisne Branco (Brazil), Belem (France), Gulden Leeuw (Netherlands), Santa Maria Manuela (Portugal) and Kruzenshtern (Russia), the public waited in long queues to get on board some the best examples of traditional sailing schools - ships where hundreds of students are trained during ocean journeys to learn the basics of navigation.

In the Moll d' Espanya there are eleven jewels of classic sailing. Ships like La Recouvrance (France), Atyla (Spain), Johanna Lucretia (UK), Pandora (Italy), and Far Barcelona (Spain), are being admired.  While in the Moll de Drasssanes, the German training ship Alexander von Humboldt II, unmistakable for its green hull and gold rigging, is supported by the floating dock where smaller boats are moored.

The experience of Galaxie

Galaxie (Spain) is one of the projects that best represents the spirit of the Regatta. Galaxie is a racing boat from the 1970’s, which was donated to the NGO Joves Navegants (Young Sailors) to give the opportunity for young people in risk of social exclusion or suffering from a disability to learn to sail. They take part in both offshore and inshore regattas and learn to become aware of the environment.

"The sea is therapeutic for people with problems and those who do not", said the first officer Bernadí Mata. "These kids are used to doing what they want due to their personal situations, and here they find themselves in an environment where they can’t function without teamwork and collaboration. When they return home, their teachers congratulate us for the positive change the kids have been through. These benefits are not only short term. There are kids who discover their vocation sailing with us, such as the case of a student who has ended up becoming a captain in the marine navy." said the first officer.

For the crew, the Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta is an opportunity to socialize and learn other similar projects, how to work as part of a team, and even exchange students on other ships.   Those responsible for the young people are delighted with the spirit and the organizational capacity of the city of Barcelona.  Bernadí Mata said: "It's a city where cultures from around the world come together. For our guys, this is like visiting London or New York, and we must say that Barcelona has a very special culture".

Lycamobile - title sponsor of the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta
Gaastra - official clothing supplier to the Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta

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Editor’s notes:

A word from your sponsor
Lycamobile is the world’s favourite international SIM card. With over 30 million customers across 16 countries, it allows customers to benefit from fantastic, low rates to call their friends and family abroad.

Lycamobile is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Lycamobile Mediterranean Tall Ships Regatta, with its mission to connect to global communities.  
If you need to call your family and friends during the Regatta please look out for their stand space portside in Barcelona, Toulon and La Spezia.   

What is sail training?
Sail Training is an adventure activity, which includes far more than sailing instruction. Participants are required to confront demanding challenges, both physical and emotional. It is an activity that inspires self-confidence and personal responsibility. It promotes an acceptance of others, whatever their social or cultural backgrounds, and develops a willingness to take controlled risks. Those who undertake Sail Training on Tall Ships generally find it a positive life-changing experience.

A two-minute film can be seen here.

About Sail Training International (STI)
STI is the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ship Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

The organisation was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for its work in promoting international understanding and friendship.

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