We had a conference with the organization team of my final big official arrival day on May 1st on the Fregata Sarmiento. Capitán de Navio Carlos Alberto Zavalla, Director of the museum Fregata Sarmiento was expecting us on the very impressive museum ship.
Muchas gracias to the Argentine Navy to give me, being a foreign non-Navy person, this absolute great honor of being received officially on this historical place! Last time an official German person on this ship was Reichspresident Friedrich Ebert 1925 – well, maybe not quite the last time…
Ricardo Kruszewski from SDK kayaks, Juan Carlos Nisticio from THULE Argentina, Daniel Helft as a freelance press agent, translator and kayaker, Teniente de Navio Lisandro Montero and a high officer from the Prefectura Naval Argentina were discussing with me the arrival schedule and activities.
The armada of probably over dozens of escort kayaks will launch under the supervision and organization of the fellow kayakers Pablo Rodriguez and Javier Perez and some boats from the Prefevtura Naval from a brandnew not yet in use yachtblub jetty south of the Fregata Sarmiento. The fleet will paddle north under five bridges through the harbor past the Fregata to pick me up from the entrance of the Yacht Club Argentina where I landed after my crossing.
My personal escort paddling fron the Yacht Club Argentina will be Alfonso Díez Torres, ambassador of the European Union, and my partner Peter Unold, who was not only paddling with me from Valparaiso to the north of Peru, but mainly was a most valuable mental and IT support of my trip.
We will paddle all together to the Fregata Sarmiento, with the music band of the Argentine Navy playing first on the Puente de la Mujer (Woman’s bridge), then on the quay besides the Fregata. The ambassador, Peter and myaself will exit the kayaks at the Fregata, the fleet of the hundred kayaks will paddle back to their launching site and walk back to the Fregata.
On the Fregata, the German ambassador, a wide range of officials, any kind of national and international press, and all escorting kayakers are invited to join the celebrations.
It will be a great day! Thanks to all making this event possible! I am really very much looking forward to finally celebrate my achievement!