The Monte Real Yacht Club welcomes the Nao Victoria on its journey through Europe

The club received this morning at its marina the replica of the ship that made the first circumnavigation of the world in the history of mankind

· The boat, coming from a tour of the United States, will remain in Baiona for several days before embarking on a journey to northern Europe

· A program of visits organized by the Nao Victoria Foundation will allow the public to discover the ins and outs of the ship

Baiona, March 19, 2015.- The Monte Real Club de Yates hosts from this morning at its facilities the replica of the Nao Victoria, the vessel that between 1519 and 1522 marked a milestone in the history of navigation by becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world.

The Nao Victoria moored in the marina of the Baiona club from the port of Cascais, in Portugal, where it made its last stop before arriving in Galicia. In Baiona, once it leaves Monte Real, it will remain moored for several days at the maritime station, very close to the caravel Pinta, and starting tomorrow, Friday, the public will be able to explore its interior and discover its ins and outs thanks to the “ Nao Victory Experience ”.

It is an initiative promoted by the Nao Victoria Foundation, which is made up of three main elements: a previous exhibition tour, a visit to the ship and the video “Discovering the discoverers ”, which will allow visitors to learn more about the reality of the 18 navigators who 5 centuries ago made the feat possible.

The replica of the Nao Victoria that remains moored at Monte Real, in addition to being a work of art of riverside carpentry, also has its own history, since between 2004 and 2006 it made its particular trip around the world manned by 20 young people.

A milestone in the history of navigation

On September 8, 1522, 18 men led by Juan Sebastián Elcano, aboard the Nao Victoria, completed the greatest feat in the history of navigation, by managing to circumnavigate the world for the first time by sea.

After more than three years of navigation, they were able to discover the true dimension of the globe, they demonstrated that all the oceans were interconnected and they took the first steps to create a network of routes that would link all the world’s continents through the sea.

More than 60 years passed before another navigator repeated his feat of circumnavigating the planet.

An unprecedented adventure

The expedition that made history and became the first to go around the world was made up of 5 ships and 243 crew members. It departed from the port of Seville on August 10, 1915, led by Fernando de Magallanes.

For years he traveled the South American Atlantic coast, until discovering the long-awaited passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, known today as the Strait of Magellan.

The expedition crossed the Pacific Ocean for the first time in history, using long months of navigation on its journey and taking a large number of lives ahead.

The only surviving ship, the Nao Victoria, undertook the return through the Indian Ocean, sailing for months along the route of the “roaring forties”, non-stop, until reaching the African continent. Once rounded the Cape of Good Hope, he ascended the Atlantic and returned to his port of departure, with only 18 men on board, captained in his last stages by Juan Sebastian de Elcano.

After more than three years of travel, the Nao Victoria completed the first circumnavigation of the world in history, marking a milestone in the history of navigation.