MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS 2014
Nadal Takes To The Sea
by ATP Staff|
Rafael Nadal got his sea legs on Monday as he enjoyed a sailing experience in Monte-Carlo, courtesy of the Yacht Club de Monte-Carlo.
The Spaniard joined the crew on Tuiga, manning the rudder and learning the ropes of sailing the Yacht Club de Monaco’s flagship. Tuiga sailed around Monte-Carlo harbour, affording Nadal spectacular views of the Cote d’Azur coastline.
Before he stepped from Tuiga onto the rib to go back to the harbour, Nadal was given a round of applause and three cheers by the crew
"It was a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon,” said Nadal. “It was a special experience for me. I am from an island, so the sea, the sails and everything involved means a lot to me. I really enjoyed it and want to say thank you very much to all the Tuiga crew, who were very nice. I enjoyed it a lot with them.
"I don't go sailing very often. I go more often on a motor boat. I don't have much time at the moment for sailing, maybe in the future. I spend a lot of time on the sea when I'm at home, especially in the summer. I live in front of the sea and the port is three minutes from my home.
"The way that [the crew] are working together to make the boat perfect and go faster is amazing. Everybody works for one goal. It's a special thing."
The yacht club, designed and constructed by Lord Norman Foster, is the symbolic centrepiece of the Monaco's remodelled harbour front. It celebrates the principality's spectacular coastline and its nautical heritage, creating a series of deck-like terraces that step up along the harbour to offer unrivalled views out to races at sea or inland over the course of the renowned Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit.
Nadal is set to open his bid for a ninth Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Wednesday.