The Curaçao Sail Foundation again succeeded in bringing a tall ship to the port of Curaçao. B. E. Esmeralda, the Chilean naval training ship and the second largest four-master in the world, visited over the Easter weekend on her five month 2009 training cruise. It was the second time the Esmeralda sailed along the picturesque, colorful houses of Curaçao’s Handelskade after she had been mooring in Caracasbay for the first night. It was 44 years after the first visit, as the black-and-white photo in the ships’ promotional booklet shows. The Esmeralda left her home port of Valparaiso on March 15 with 334 crew. After Balboa (Panama) and Willemstad, she continued the 154-day journey that will take her on April 15th to Puerto Rico, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Jamaica (July 3) and via Colombia and Equador back to her home port on August 16th.
Thousands visited the eye catching vessel in Curaçao as the Sail Foundation took care of social events for the crew and official functions for Captain Pablo Lubascher and his officers.