Tall ship to visit Durban and Cape Town

Jan 28, 2005
Author: P&S

The three-masted Canadian barquentine Concordia will arrive in Durban on Sunday morning (30 January) at 10.00 after sailing from Mahajunga in Madagascar.

Concordia will berth at C berth at the Point and remain in Durban until Saturday, 5 February when she sails for Cape Town. The ship is scheduled to remain in Cape Town until 16 February when she heads for Walvis Bay.

The Class A tall ship has a number of high school students and teachers on board in addition to her crew. The barquentine is on a round the world cruise that so far has taken her across the Pacific with calls at Honolulu, the Marshall Islands, Solomons Islands, Darwin, Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles, Dar es Salaam and Madagascar.

The international students on board spend time learning to sail in addition to classroom studies, as well as getting to see many places in the world they otherwise might not have known about. Duties include compulsory day and night watchkeeping as well as maintenance and ship cleaning.

Concordia was built in 1992 and is 58m in length, has a beam of 9m and a draught of 4.2m. The ship’s masts rise 35m above deck providing a sail area of 900 sq m and a maximum of 15 sails. She is equipped with a 570 hp diesel engine and carries up to 40.5 tons of fuel with a normal range at sea of 45 days and a speed under power of 11.5 knots. Concordia is homeported in Nassau, Bahamas and operated by West Island College. The maximum number of people on board is 64.

The ship operates a website which can be found at www.classafloat.com

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