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ARM Cuauhtémoc BE-01 Tall Ship
Training Cruise Japan 2009

by ALOHA DEAN

 

  Naval Jack of Mexico   The Training Ship Cuauhtémoc was built in the shipyard of Celaya (Bilbao, Spain) and finished on July 29, 1982, date on which it was delivered to its crew and to the Mexican Navy.
The Cuauhtémoc , known as the Ambassador and Knight of the Sea, has formed in its bosom 27 Officer classes; has visited 94 countries and 147 ports; has preformed 28 cruises, from, which three have been circumnavigations; and crossed the Panama Canal 32 times traveled a total of 532,796 miles in 4,208 day's runs
The Cuauhtémoc has participated in boat race such as the Columbus Boat Race, Cutty Sark Boat Race and the Osaka Boat Race as well as in the National Festival of Rouen, France; Portsmouth, England; Dundee, Scotland; Delfzijl, Holland; Bordeaux, France; and Rostock Germany. In 2002, she won the Boston Tea Pot for having uninterruptedly sail navigated 1,342.7 nautical mile in 124 hours at an average speed of 10.83 knots. In 2008 she participate in the Navy Festival 2008 winning the prize to the most spectacular entrance and the most elegant parade, first place in rope pull and in the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta 2008 and the first place in the Dragon boat race.
In 1993 and 2006, she sailed round Cape Horn being the "Circumnavigation 2006" the longest cruise ever done by the ship (30,502 nautical miles and 239 days-run). In 2007, during the cruise "Baltic 2007", she celebrated 25th anniversary.

The ARM Cuauhtémoc BE-01 is a Sail Training vessel of the Mexican Navy, named for the last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc who was captured and executed in 1525.
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She is the last of four sisterships built by the Naval Shipyards of Bilbao, Spain, in 1982, similar to the 1930 German designs of Blohm & Voss, like the Gorch Fock, the USCGC Eagle and the N.R.P. Sagres.
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Like her sisterships, the Colombian Gloria, the Ecuadorian Guayas and the Simón Bolívar of Venezuela, the Cuauhtémoc is a sailing ambassador for her home country and a frequent visitor to world ports,  
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with appearances at the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races, ASTA Tall Ships Challenges, Sail Osaka, and others.  
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