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Sailing along the Costa del Sol offers a great outdoor experiences. Here you can see dolphins, sea turtles, flying fish, swordfish and sunfish or just laze in the sun on the deck.

By Ola Josefsson SvM.

Johan who probably several are familiar from the Swedish magazine organizes cruises on the Mediterranean with "Sailing on the Costa del Sol." the sailboat who is a Beneteau First 31.7 Cruiser Racer, built in France, located conveniently in the centre of the Costa del Sol at the Puerto Marina in Benalmádena on Costa del Sol, spain.

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- It is not required that you have some sailing experience. Five or six people I take, says Johan, who grew up in the Stockholm archipelago during summers.

There is something special about sailing. It is the scent of salt and adventure. Checking against the wind while letting the wind carry you forward. Depending on where the wind takes you, you can see dolphins and other animals.

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- Best chance to see dolphins are between eight and ten miles from Benalmádena. So if the wind is right, it is a nice tour.

- Sometimes we see large herds of dolphin up to over 100. Common dolphins can weigh up to 80 kg and swim up to 60 km/hour. Last summer, we saw sea turtles, unfortunately, these decreased in number when damaged by fishing gear or boats.

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- Sunfish or moonfish is another fun fish to discover. A tropical fish that can grow up to three meters, but in the Mediterranean its only 70-80 cm, says Johan.

Many sailors choose to go along the coast, a reasonable amount of time sailing. Adding anchor, eat picnic, swim and play in the water.

- if you are a few guys it's only cost 30-40 euro a person and we're out five to six hours, sometimes seven. Giving away a sailing gift is popular. There have been birthday parties on board with eight girls. Those who have been with us have had a lot of fun.

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After leaving the harbour Puerto Marina in Benalmádena cruising east or west, depending on the wind. Do you want to be active and help with the sailing you can do it. Do you want to just relax, sunbathing, do so.

- Swimming with dolphins is popular. You are behind the boat and go with the dolphins. One thing that is hard to do after a motorboat but it works after a sailboat. pretty cool you see the dolphins in all levels, like to see them in 3D. mostly the visibility under water are about 30-50 meters.

Many have sailed home but never sailed in the Mediterranean. A cool experience. Many have been on the coast for many years but never been out on the ocean. Here we really try to sail.

Johan has helped to set a record in the classic regatta "Regata Mar de Alborán" which annually runs from the marina El Candado in Málaga. It is a competition that is part of Andalusian championship in sailing and organized by Club El Candado and Real Club Náutico de Motril.

2001 Johan included of the crew of Cielo Mijas owned by Swede Sven Lindahl and who sailed to Isla de Alborán in 8 hours, 11 minutes and 32 seconds. The record stands yet- we where doing 15-20 knots.

The competition is in early June and has two sections, the first is at 161 nm, and the participants will reach Motril port after having rounded the island of Isla de Alborán. The last part of the race runs from Motril harbour to the marina El Candado, a distance of 81 nautical miles.

Footnote. Isla de Alborán is a small volcanic island located almost halfway between Spain and Africa. Administrative belong to the island province of Almería, but the lighthouse is connected to the port authority Autoridad portuaria in Málaga. Swedish magazine will in a later issue talk about the small island's fascinating history. Just outside the island of Alborán is little Nube.

Did you know ...

Mar de Alborán or Alborán Sea, is the name of that part of the Mediterranean which is between Spain and Morocco.

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