May I present to you the barque Cuauhtemoc, the 90-metre sail training vessel of the Mexican Navy named after the last Aztec Emperor. She was no doubt the Helsinki crowd favourite in The Tall Ships Races 2013.
Visitors were not only welcome on board but their flow was perfectly planned and managed. We were even entertained by sailors climbing up to the yards to attend the sails just for demonstration.
Everything about the vessel was impeccable, including the good-humoured crew of more than 250 members, both those on duty and those we saw spending some free time downtown.
It was a real pleasure to take a tour on this deck. No wonder the crew of the Cuauhtemoc often steals the show wherever they land during the nine months they spend sailing annually.
My previous post on The Tall Ships Races 2013 here.