IN A couple of weeks, all nautical eyes will be on Denia as the Ruta De Sal Regatta, which is celebrating it’s thirtieth anniversary this year, comes to town.
Along with Puerto Ginesta in Sitges and Puerto Andraitx in Mallorca, Puerto de Denia is one of the start off points of the competition, which will sail a course across the Mediterranean to it’s final destination, the Port of San Antonio on the island of Ibiza.
The regatta inaugarated in 1989, by Pepe Ferrer, began as a way of commemorating the freeing of the blockade preventing salt boats leaving Ibiza during the Carlist War of the nineteenth Century.
This year is special because Puerto Andtraix will feature for the first time in the regatta which Gonzalo Juan Ferragut, head of Economy and Finance in the Ibiza government called part of Ibiza’s identity and a strategic event in their calendar of high level sporting events.
The event begins on Thursday April 13 and ends on the following Sunday in San Antonio and is open to sail boats authorised by the federations of Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. With a total of well over 200 craft expected to take part from the three ports, it is set to be a major event on the sailing programme.
The boats will set sail from Denia at 14.00h and plot a course which keeps the islands of Formentera, Tagomago and Ibiza to their port side before arriving in San Antonio. The minimum distance is 120 nautical miles.
Ruta de Sal Regatta sails a route from the Port of Denia to San Antonio on Ibiza