After the initial success of 'Sail Curaçao 500' (1999), in 2002 "Americas' Sail" was invited to organize our first regatta as host port and starting point. The Regatta started from our port on June 6th and finished June 30, 2002 in St. Petersburg (Fla-USA) via Jamaica. Participants were "Insulinde"(Curaçao), "Bat'kivshchyna" (Ukraine), "Polynesia" (Granada), "Cisne Branco" (Brazil), "Jaguar" and "HM Bloys van Treslong" (Royal Dutch Navy).
These participating vessels meant an increase of 200% as compared to our first Festival in 1999, when we attracted three ships; these figures mean a small but a success nevertheless.
In following this line of thought, since then we have been offering the following attractive new initiatives:
The harbour area including Waaigat, Spaanse Water and Piscadera Bay - to interested yachts as their home or return port using i.a. the planned new facilities in and around the harbour.
Deep-water dockage for mega-yachts and other large vessels; we may be one of the few in the region, specialized in handling their special needs of deep side tie dockage, fueling, watering, repairing and provisioning.
Host individual tall ships as their countries' "sailing ambassadors" and stage commercial and other activities during these visits.
Involve our local population to take advantage of our uniqueness and turn first time tourists into recurring visitors.
Develop cooperation with other tall ship organizations abroad and host sustainable nautical events every few years.
Within this mandate the Curaçao Sail Foundation will be organizing its future events. So ... stay tuned.
The Board of the Foundation consists of the following members:
Mrs. Lourdes Ezechiëls LLM. (Founder|President|CEO), Mr. Marcel van der Plank (Secretary), Mr. Hubert Martha (Treasurer) and Mr. Johan Richters (Member).
Since last year we have a Recommendation | Advisory Committee consisting of well known authorities, local as well as foreign, who support us in an excellent manner. The logo of the Caribbean Sail Training, based in St. Maarten/St. Martin figures here prominently.
And it goes without saying, that our Project Management Team who have been co-managing our tall ships' visits since 1999, is still on the job and fully set to make VLAC 2018 a new, as well as another successful event.
And last but not least, the President together with Renard Hurtado and Jiwan Gonesh form the Executive Committee that handles the organisation of Velas Latinoamérica Curaçao 2018.
Curaçao - Tall Ships Port of the Caribbean