A group of pilgrims set sail on the first maritime Camino to Santiago
The Journey embarked from Portonovo.
A group of twenty pilgrims coming from different countries, was invited by Sailway and Asnauga to make history in the world of Xacobeo, to be the first to make the Xacobean Nautical Crossing according to the standards recently approved by the Cabildo de la Catedral, which consists of doing 90 miles of sailing and five kilometers on foot from Milladoiro. The participants in the expedition are well-known Tour operators and Travel journalists.
This route was organized by Asnauga (from Spanish, Association of Nautical Clubs of Galicia) Ría de Muros-Noia and Sailway, started last Tuesday, setting sail from the Monte Real Yacht Club of Baiona, being the the first club in which the pilgrims must seal their card to have the right to the Compostela upon arrival in Santiago.
The second club in the official route, and in which the second seal is stamped, is the Real Club Náutico of Vigo, to then cross the river to the Nautical Club of Rodeira in Cangas, to cross the Costa da Vela and finish the first stage of the pilgrimage in the Nautical Club of Portonovo.
Yesterday, on its second day of navigation, the pilgrims left from Portonovo towards Sanxenxo, wherein the Nautical Club they have achieved the fifth official seal of this southern route. From Sanxenxo they continued towards the Nautical of San Vicente do Mar, in O’Grove, which is the point where you get the sixth seal of the pilgrimage, then go up to the Nautical of Santa Uxía de Ribeira. The day ended Vilanova de Arousa, where the pilgrims got the last seal of the day and made the night.
Today will be the last day of this particular Jacobean expedition, and in it, the pilgrims have to cover more than 30 nautical miles in a row, from Vilanova to the Náutico de Portosín, where they will be sealed the last of the obligatory sailing parties to comply with what the Cabildo Catedralicio asks. From Portosín they will board a minibus to Milladoiro, from where, on foot, the pilgrims will enter the Galician capital until they reach the Pilgrim’s Office, where for the first time in the history of the Camino de Santiago, they will receive the Compostela after navigating the ninety miles to sail.
Original text source:
“Una veintena de peregrinos realizan la primera ruta marítima a Santiago a vela.” La Voz de Galicia – June 20, 2019