17 Jan 2016

Navy sailing ship Guayas visits Wellington

9:17 am on 17 January 2016

An Ecuadorian tall sailing ship is berthing in Wellington for five days as part of a round the world voyage.

The Guayas sails in front of Manhattan in 2012.

The Guayas sails in front of Manhattan in 2012. Photo: AFP

The naval training vessel Guayas, a 78.4m three-masted sailing ship was first launched in 1976.

Wellington is the third to last of the 25 ports it is visiting on its journey.

On board are a Naval Operations Commander Carlos Sumárraga, 13 officials, 79 crew, 9 musicians and 41 midshipmen.

The Guayas was last in Wellington in February 1988 with a fleet of tall ships after the Australian bicentenary.

"It is exciting to see a ship of this kind arrive in our Harbour." port chief executive Derek Nindsaid.

The Guayas is expected to berth at 10.30am today at Queens Wharf - subject to weather conditions and shipping movements.