The ITS Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian Navy Sail Training Tall Ship led by Captain Curzio PACIFICI, will arrive in London on August 05th and will depart on the 10th. and will be moored at the West India Docks on the Thames, in London.
This port call will happen in the frameworks of the traditional summer training campaign to train the Italian Navy Academy Cadets.
The Amerigo Vespucci set sail from the port of Livorno, Tuscany, on July 08th to begin the 79th training campaign for the Naval Academy Cadets.
The campaign program includes, this year, the Western Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and part of the North Sea, visiting the following harbors:
– Barcelona (Spain) from July 12th to July 15th;
– La Coruna (Spain) from July 25th to July 29th ;
– London (U.K.) from August 05th to August 10th;
– Hamburg (Germany) from August 14th to August 19th;
– Antwerpen (Belgium) from August 23rd to August 26th ;
– Lisbon (Portugal) from September 5th to September 9th ;
– Malaga (Spain) from September 12th to September 13th.
The ship is due to return to Livorno on September 21st .
Free Public viewings on board are as follows
-Monday 05 August 1530-1800 ;
-Tuesday 06 August 1030-1200 and 1500-1700 ;
-Wednesday 07 August 1500-1800 ;
-Thursday 08 August 1030-1200 and 1500-1700 ;
-Friday 09 August 1030-1200 and 1500-1700 ;
Notes for editors
The ITS Amerigo Vespucci is a Sail Training Tall Ship, it was launched on February 22nd 1931 and it was incorporated in the Italian Navy on June 6th of the same year.
The ship was conceived with the purpose of maintaining a high quality level in the Naval Academy Cadets’ military education and training.
From a technical and structural point of view, the Vespucci is a three-decks sail tall ship with a diesel-electric propulsion system and exhibits, from bow to stern, three masts (the foremast- the main mast- the mizzen mast); the tallest is 54 meters high (about 177 ft), equipped with yards and square sails, plus the bowsprit which functions as a fourth mast, for a total sail surface (24 sails) of proximally 2.600 square meters. The ship is 101 meters (331 ft) long (overall).
The sails are made from a particular cloth named Olona (canapé thread, 2 to 4 millimetres thick).
On the Vespucci all the sails are manoeuvred manually, using ropes made of natural and synthetic fibres. It is equipped with 11 ship’s boats.
Compounded of about 280 members, the crew is considered the beating heart of the ship, divided in 18 Officers, 72 NCOs (Non Commissioned Officers) and 190 sailors performing numerous roles and duties. When the Naval Academy Cadets and Support Staff embark the number increases up to proximally 420 units.
On July 2007 ITS Amerigo Vespucci was appointed as a “Goodwill Ambassador” for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, to spread a message of peace to all the children, all over the world.
DISPLACEMENT 4000 TONS
OVERALL LENGH 101 MT (331 ft)
OVERALL LENGH (WITHOUT BOWSPRIT) 82 MT (269 ft)
BEAM 16 MT (52,4ft)
OVERALL BEAM 28 MT (92 ft)
MAXIMUM DRAUGHT 7,50 MT (24,6 ft)
SAIL SQUARE 2.400 M2
FORE MAST HEIGHT ON SEA LEVEL 50 MT (164 ft)
MAIN MAST HEIGHT ON SEA LEVEL 54 MT (177 ft)
MIZZEN MAST HEIGHT ON SEA LEVEL 43 MT (141 ft)