Rafael Nadal hit the waters ahead of the Monte Carlo tournament hopping aboard a yacht Monday. 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.
“It was a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon,” said Nadal who’s an avid fisherman. “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.”
Nadal will play tomorrow in Monte Carlo.
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