The Argentine training frigate Libertad (“Freedom”) has successfully been gathering many votes in the Official New7Wonders of Nature campaign during recent calls to the ports of Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
The three-masted, square-rigged tall ship, 104 m. long and with a crew of 357 sailors, left Buenos Aires Naval Station in January and will be returning to its home port there in August. Proudly flying the Votocataratas.com flag, the majestic ship will visit more than ten ports in nine countries, including Salvador de Bahia, Tenerife, La Coruna, Brest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Boston, Santo Domingo, Fortaleza and Montevideo. In each port, the naval cadets and other sailors will call upon people to vote for Iguazu Falls (Cataratas de Iguazu in Spanish) as one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature.
The Libertad has a rich history, having established the world record for a sail-only transatlantic crossing in 1966, and winning the Boston Teapot Trophy six times, most recently in 1998.