Pilgrims sailing loose moorings on Mount Real heading to Santiago

 

· Since the Monte Real Club de Yates became the departure port for the Xacobea Nautical Crossing, more than 100 boats have passed through the club on their way to Compostela

Sailing boats that carry out this new modality of the Camino de Santiago obtain a 15 percent discount on club fees

· The Xacobea Nautical Crossing is an initiative of the Xunta de Galicia, Portos de Galicia and ASNAUGA to promote the transit of sailboats through Galician ports

 

Over a hundred sailboats have arrived at the Monte Real Club de Yates in recent months ready to undertake the Xacobea Nautical Crossing, a new formula for a sailing pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela promoted by the Xunta de Galicia, Portos de Galicia and the Association of Galician Nautical Clubs (ASNAUGA).

Last July, after several months of works and remodeling to adapt the club to the arrival of new visitors, Monte Real became the port of departure for the journey. It was then that it began to receive the first pilgrims, who obtained in Baiona the first of the seals of their Jacobean credential, with which after completing 90 nautical miles under sail and arriving in Santiago, they will be able to obtain their compostela.

Among the main motivations that drive sailors to carry out the Xacobean Nautical Crossing are spiritual and religious incentives, adventurous desires and the desire to discover the Galician estuaries. And it is that, in addition to the Monte Real Yacht Club, which is the departure port of the southern route, another 13 ports distinguished with the Q for Tourist Quality are involved in the proposal, which touch practically the entire Galician coast.

Thus, the landing points are Vigo (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), Cangas (Royal Club Náutico de Rodeira), Sanxenxo (Club Náutico de Portonovo and Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo), San Vicente do Mar (Club Náutico de San Vicente do Mar ), Cabo de Cruz (Club Náutico de Boiro), Riveira (Club Náutico Deportivo de Riveira), Portosín (Royal Club Náutico de Portosín) and Noia. And from the north, Ribadeo (Royal Club Náutico de Ribadeo) Ares, Sada and A Coruña.

Many of them must be visited by pilgrims who, starting from Monte Real, want to reach Santiago and get their Compostela. And they will do so by obtaining a series of benefits or special discounts depending on the yacht clubs where they land.

In the case of the Monte Real Yacht Club, pilgrims obtain a 15 percent discount on the usual rates; and 25 percent if it is a woman who skippers the boat. These are some of the economic measures put in place to promote the initiative together with the actions carried out in the club’s facilities.

In addition, a 100% accessible ramp has been built to guarantee access to the terrace for people with functional diversity and the sanitary facilities have been renovated, adapting them to responsible consumption and energy saving protocols. All this thanks to a grant from the Consellería do Mar of the Xunta de Galicia through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (FEMP) and the Local Action Groups of the Fishing Sector (GALP).

The Monte Real Club de Yates continues to be, one more year, one of the marinas in Galicia with the most boat traffic in its facilities. So far this year, nearly 800 boats have called at Baiona, with the months of June, July and August being the busiest. Deseasonalize this tourist influx, which continues to prefer the summer months for its crossings, is another of the objectives behind the Xacobea Nautical Crossing.

The Monte Real Club de Yates becomes the starting port for the Xacobea Nautical Crossing, the Camino de Santiago by sea

 

· The Monte Real Club de Yates becomes the starting port of the Xacobea Nautical Crossing, a new pilgrimage route to Santiago that runs through the 13 Galician ports and marinas with the Q certification for Tourist Quality

· To obtain the Compostela, maritime pilgrims must sail 90 nautical miles, stamping their credential at the ports of passage, and finish the journey by land to the tomb of the Apostle Santiago.

· An investment of more than 150,000 euros co-financed by Monte Real, the Consellería do Mar de la Xunta de Galicia through the FEMP and the GALP7 has allowed the club to improve its facilities to receive pilgrims

 

After several months of works and remodeling, everything is now ready at the Monte Real Yacht Club to receive sailors who are going to complete the Camino de Santiago by sea, a new version of the historic pilgrimage to Compostela promoted by the Xunta de Galicia of which the Baionese club is the port of departure.

The “Xacobean Nautical Crossing”, as this new route is called, seeks to offer sailing lovers the possibility of making the Camino de Santiago through the sea and to obtain the Compostela by stamping a pilgrim’s credential in the most outstanding marinas of Galicia.

Of the 45 marinas on the Galician coast with the capacity to receive boats in transit, only the 13 ports distinguished with the Q for Tourist Quality certification are part of the proposal, a selection that seeks to guarantee the pilgrim by sea the attention and services of the highest quality.

Due to its characteristics and historical trajectory, the Monte Real Club de Yates was chosen as the port of departure for the route in its southern version, and an investment of more than 150,000 euros co-financed by the club itself, the Consellería do Mar de la Xunta de Galicia Through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Local Action Groups of the Fisheries Sector (GALP), they allowed it to improve its facilities and services to receive the pilgrims at the beginning of the journey.

Several works aimed at minimizing the energy consumption of water and electricity, the application of a special discount of 25 percent to boats skippered by women and the construction of an access ramp to facilitate access for people with disabilities were some of the measures put into march within the framework of a plan whose axes were sustainable development, equality between men and women and non-discrimination. In addition to enjoying all the changes made in the club, the pilgrims who start the “Xacobea Nautical Journey” from Baiona will have a 15 percent discount on the usual rates.

Deseasonalize tourism in Galicia, promote nautical tourism and the activity of the community’s marinas and offer an alternative to the traditional pilgrimage routes are the main objectives of a proposal in which, in addition to the Xunta de Galicia, also participates Asnauga, the Association of Nautical Clubs of Galicia.

90 miles under sail between Baiona and Compostela

The Xacobean Nautical Crossing offers sailors the possibility of obtaining the Compostela in a very similar way to how pilgrims who go on foot to Santiago obtain it. Like them, they must travel a minimum distance, in this case 90 nautical miles; and stamp your pilgrim credential at each crossing point.

The Monte Real Club de Yates is the port of departure for the southern route, which passes through Vigo (Real Club Náutico de Vigo), Cangas (Royal Club Náutico de Rodeira), Sanxenxo (Club Náutico de Portonovo and Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo ), San Vicente do Mar (San Vicente do Mar Yacht Club) and Cabo de Cruz (Boiro Yacht Club).

From Boiro there are two possibilities to get to Santiago, either go up the Ulla River to Padrón or Pontecesures and from there continue by land to Compostela; or continue to Riveira (Club Náutico Deportivo de Riveira) and continue through Portosín (Real Club Náutico de Portosín) and Noia to continue from there to Santiago on foot.

In addition to the southern route, there is also a northern route from Ribadeo (Real Club Náutico de Ribadeo) passing through Ares, Sada, A Coruña and Portosín, with the same options for the end by land as the route from the south.

In both cases, the tomb of the Apostle Santiago is the goal of the Jacobean pilgrimage by sea and the Santiago Pilgrim’s Office is the place where sailors must present their stamped pilgrim credential to collect the Compostela.

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