The Colombian Navy have a 67 metre 4 masted sailing vessel as their flagship and it visited Santa Cruz in Tenerife this week. The "Gloria" is a purpose built sail-training vessel and is embarked on a round-the-world goodwill tour.
She normally carries a crew of about 170, with up to 120 of those being cadets. The Gloria is one of the biggest 'Tall-ships' in the world and is often seen in major ports around the globe.
Here is Ivan of Club Olympus on board this famous ship. As you can imagine, the ship is kept in immaculate condition with plenty of brass, bronze and acres of gorgeous wooden decking. Here below, Ivan meets some of the crew.
Ivan is the little chubby one not wearing a uniform! The reception and welcome aboard were exceptional. These young men are obviously very proud of their spectacular flagship and were thoroughly enjoying their stay in the Tenerife Capital.
Pictured below is the ships dog 'Argos' who firmly believes that he is in charge and all of the crew are his personal staff as he is conducted in luxury around the world!
A trip up to the Tenerife capital Santa Cruz is always worthwhile. There is a great deal to see and do up there including museums, art galleries, fabulous bars and restaurants and of course the historic port itself.
Visiting the Gloria was very interesting and while it is quite a rare event, there is always something going on in the port.
It is well worth hiring a car or going on the regular bus service to Santa Cruz, it is only an hour away from Club Olympus in Garden City. Ask any member of the Club Olympus team for instructions on how to get there and things to do when you are there!
Click here to see some great shots of the 'Gloria' in London