One of the largest training sailing ships in the world, "Juan Sebastián de Elcano", sailed to Szczecin, northwestern Poland, on Wednesday.
The Spanish vessel was welcomed by representatives of the Szczecin magistrate, children from Szczecin kindergartens and by the residents of the city.
This is the first visit of this Spanish vessel to Poland, and it will be one of the attractions of this year's Sea Days.
“Juan Sebastian de Elcano” was named after the Basque explorer, a participant of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition, and, following the death of the traveller, its continuator. The four-masted schooner with a length of nearly 113 m was built in 1927. It is a training sailing ship of the Spanish Royal Navy, the fourth largest sailing ship in the world. The crew consists of almost 200 people, in addition to training voyages, the sailing ship can take up to 75 cadets.
The Sea Days - Sail Szczecin, will begin on Friday, and end on Sunday. Over 30 sailing ships will moor along the waterfronts of Szczecin, including "Fryderyk Chopin", the yacht "Antica", the Swedish oldtimer "Baltic Beauty" and the Finnish sailing ship "Joanna Saturna".