Last Update: October 26th, 2018
In May 1846 the siege of Barcelona by the Carlist army during the “Mariner’s Revolution” produced a shortage of salt which put Barcelona into peril.
In 1989 ANAM went ahead with the first sporting edition of the Ruta de la Sal from the Barcelonese Harbour Port Ginesta to the Pitiusas. 36 yachts took part in this first regatta. In 1990 participation doubled with 65 entered yachts.
In 1991 the Eastern version of the regatta was created sailing from Denia’s Nautical Club. Between the two versions 119 yachts started out with one singe purpose: reaching the Pitiusas Islands.
From 1992 until now, the number of participants has grown, constituting a real sociological phenomenon among our country’s enthusiasts; from 136 yachts in 1992, the number has been growing: 158 in 1994, 174 in 1995, 188 in 1996, 222 in 1997, 226 in 1998, 284 in 1999 until reaching a record number in 2000 with more than 300 yachts.
A known Barcelonese business man had the original idea of calling on the most famous navigators of the time and presenting them with a challenge:
he would pay for the service of transporting salt from the Pitiusas’s salt mines to El Garraf ( Barcelona) but according to the order of arrival. The first to arrive would be paid in gold but the last ones would perhaps not even be able to pay their mariner’s wages.
Thirteen boats met the challenge. The first to arrive was the “Maltese Falcon“ a 32 meters long schooner form Baltimore with the Greek Andreas Portus as skipper, followed by the fishing smack “Jerba” and the brigantine “Arrogante”.
(Photo: Departure from Denia)
The attraction of adventure
Every year the Ruta de la Sal mobilizes more than 2000 competitors and a really mixed boat fleet sails the Mediterranean in commemoration of last century’s crossings in search of white gold – The salt of life !
The Ruta de la Sal is not an easy regatta.
The crossings are long and are undertaken in a time of year which is meteorologically complicated. This provides the attraction of adventure and the incentive of classifying is in itself already a victory.
The success of the Ruta de la Sal has been explosive, in terms of participation as well as widespread coverage by the media. It has become the most frequented and mystic regatta in the calendar of Spanish regattas.
From the very beginning the Ruta de la Sal has had the support of the Consell Insular d’Eivissa i Formentera, the Instituto Balear de Promoción del Turismo and the Conselleria de Turisme del Govern Balear which devote themselves to offer the more than 3000 participants and accompanying parties who come to Ibiza for the occasion a great stay. The town councils of Barcelona, Denia and Ibiza also collaborate with this nautical event.
The Spanish Merchant navy’s State company for rescue and maritime security and the Sea Civil Guard collaborate in the tasks of control and nautical monitoring.
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