La Ruta de la Sal is a sailing regatta that takes place every year at Easter following the old Salt Route between Barcelona and Ibiza. This 350 mile crossing from Palma provides a challenging environment for the young crew onboard our sail training vessel Galaxie.
We start our crew and training programme between January and March. The prospective crew members are put forward by the social services across the Balearics. The young people will often be from care homes, supervised accommodation and at risk of social exclusion.
Each weekend a group of eight young people experience sailing and its benefits for the first time. Altogether around 100 young people take part in this selection process.
The race crew is selected by the Captain of Galaxie and the social services by evaluating which participants have developed their social and teamwork skills to enable them to compete.