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Sailing baptism in Sant Carles de la Ràpita

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Addressing our 570

Despite the bad weather forecasts that the TV in my hotel room prophesied the night before, a radiant sun prevailed in the blue sky on the morning of last Sunday. It was the day when I would start in the world of sailing and the thing could not start better.

The streets of the quiet town of Sant Carles de la Ràpita they stretched when Carrer de València went down towards the port.

For its small size, Sant Carles has a really important port and, not surprisingly, it was the only one in the area - along with Barcelona - to which the Austrian Spain granted a license to trade with Spanish overseas possessions.

Beautiful views of the Sierra de Montsià and Sant Carles from the sailboat

The great Jordi López -my contact at the Estació Nàutica de la Ràpita- he picked me up with his car and we went to the Yacht Club. There we were joined by Silvia, a girl who works for the Board of Trustees of Tarragona, and we met what would be our employer and teacher: Joan Barberà, director of the Sailing School of the yacht club.

Joan - who also serves as director of the Municipal Sailing School of Barcelona - was born in Sant Carles, is a true expert in almost all water sports and is in love with his land. When I was a child, I wandered around the saline area, swam from there to the shores of the town's beach and explored the lagoon channels. Now that he is a man, he goes out with his canoe to explore those same canals and the calm waters of the bay before going to work. Beautiful flamingos with a slender body and pink plumage accompany you on their journeys. This is life on the lands surrounding Sant Carles: total contact with nature.

We climb to the deck of sailboat 570 past 11 in the morning. Although I am a great ignorant of the world of sailing, at least I was right that the 570 is given by the distance between the stern and the bow of the ship: 5.70 meters. That is, the length.

Joan mounted the boom and we raised the main sail. Then the little one and we left port.

Based on Joan's explanations

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