The renowned New York organization Explorer’s Club, which promotes research and study of land, sea, air and space, announced on Saturday 16th that it will dedicate next year to paying homage to the Spanish monarchy and its relevant role in the history of exploration, through of the V Centennial of the First sailing around the World.
The decision was made public in the 115th edition of the Annual Dinner of the Explorer’s Club, which was attended by Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Kitín Muñoz, member of the Explorer’s Club, promoter of the initiative, Admiral José Luis Urcelay, second Chief of Staff of the Spanish Navy, and Vice Admiral Ignacio Horcada Rubio, Secretary of the Commission of the Ministry of Defense of the V Centennial of the First World Tour. The Nao Victoria model was delivered in silver.
The President of the Explorers Club Wiesse and the Honorary President, Bertran Picardd, the first man to go around the world in a balloon and on a solar plane, spoke important words about the courage of the Spanish explorers in the First World Tour and praised the Crown of Spain for his contribution in the history of Exploration.
During this year’s event, held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York, the organization wanted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of man on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, which took place on July 20, 1969. President of Explorer’s Club compared the importance of the First World Tour with the First Mission that led man to tread the Moon.
Therefore, in addition to the two representatives of the Spanish defense forces, the dinner was attended by ten astronauts who participated in these missions of NASA, including Michael Collins and Charlie Duke.
Since its founding in 1904, the Explorer’s Club has been a meeting place for some of the most outstanding explorers and scientists, including the first people to reach the North Pole in 1909, Robert Peary, Matthew Henson, and Ootah.