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MARKETING Soul searching with Saint James Left: at one with each other en route to Portonovo. Below: hats and sticks for every pilgrim, and shells to symbolise St James. We enjoyed a fantastic lunch as guests of the Vigo Yacht Club, established in 1905. The building retains a lot of the traditional yachting flair of the 1950s and 1960s, with wood panelling and columns and a well-stocked library. All transients are welcomed for prices as low as €25 euro for a 40ft (12m) yacht per night. Transient crews are allowed to use the club facilities, including a large pool, spa, and the restaurant with a great €14 menu including drinks. Obviously, with such a strong first experience we were looking forward to a unique pilgrimage… by Oscar Siches The potential of local events to attract nautical enthusiasts, both visitors and long-term marina guests, is being given increasing attention (although maybe not enough). Marina World was invited to a unique event designed to highlight yacht clubs and marinas in Galicia within their cultural setting. It proved that presenting a bigger picture enhances an appreciation of all the elements. My expectations were high when landing in Vigo, one of the big cities in Galicia, northwest Spain, on a June afternoon. A handful of foreign journalists had been invited to a hybrid pilgrimage (boat and foot) to Santiago de Compostela, the region’s capital and arrival point of the Camino de Santiago, (Saint James’s way). This famous religious, historic and cultural route was established around 875 AD with the aim of paying respect to Saint James (Santiago in Spanish), one of the 12 apostles whose remains were discovered there 23 years earlier. The best known section of the route, known as “El Camino” (The Way), is the Franco-Spanish northeast border point at Santiago de Compostela itself. In the fourteenth century, hospitals were built along the 580km (360mi) pathway to help and give shelter to the pilgrims. In those days, many people also arrived from Flanders by boat as pardon of sins was offered by the Pope to pilgrims. Today, travellers along the way enjoy an experience that encompasses the landscape, the history, shared culture, and a strong sense of solidarity with other modern-day pilgrims. Enter ASNAUGA – the local association of yacht clubs – with an idea to organise a cruise that not only highlighted the clubs and marinas but also the surrounding land and seascapes. Support was given by Sailway, a local charter company, and the tourism department of the Galician Government. The result was an adventure into the mindset of the local people and their traditions and values, and a feast for the senses (and the belly). We embarked at 9.00am on a fouryear-old, well maintained Sailway ELAN45 where we met our skipper, Albino; a great communicator. Galicians are very good humoured people, and staff from ASNAUGA were there to greet us and coordinate the finer points of the cruise. A second boat, a 39-footer, was also part of the pilgrimage. The crew included people from Sailway and from the Galician Tourism Authority. Bouzas Marina, an early stop over near Vigo. – September/October 2021 19

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