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MARKETING Pilgrims exploring the best of Galicia’s marinas. A spin around the immediate coast meant we discovered new landscapes every hour. This coast does not repeat itself but changes drastically every short distance: white sand beaches, small fishing harbours, large boulder formations ashore, aquaculture rafts and a horizon reflecting myriads of green shapes of the coastal woods and fields behind. Next morning, we took off to the Cies Islands, a natural barrier for the Atlantic westerlies. We were a crew of eight and the boat proved to be spacious, well fitted and with a fantastic cockpit. Cies Islands is a natural park with restricted access, but you only need to notify the authorities and access will be granted if there is no boat saturation. Permits are free and marinas are happy to help boaters obtain them as part of their service. Anchoring is allowed, as well as the use of the beaches. The local marinas have none of the grandeur of some Mediterranean marinas but have the cozy and familiar atmosphere that surrounds the Galician-born hosts; people living from and understanding the sea. Lunch was organised under way to Portonovo, our next yacht club visit, and, at this point, eight people who were total strangers just 24 hours before became one with each other and with the boat. The magic of sharing the boat, the marinas, the sea, the coastal landscape and each other, is Stamping pilgrims’ passports at Baiona Royal Yacht Club. not a sensation that is guaranteed per se, but it developed easily and early on for this trip. The typical packs of ham, chorizo, cheese, biscuits, chips and bread kept on coming from the galley. It was a great and special moment. Farruca (marketing agency), Maria (local food and beverage magazine), Jonathan and Claudia (German sailors on a seven year sail around the world), Manuel (Navily app), Steve (UK pilot books), Albino the skipper, and I shared that first meal onboard with the soul more than the stomach and with the camaraderie unique to sea buddies. Wine, beer and other not so appropriate drinks, like water, helped of course. This kind of pilgrimage is a way to breathe life into the adventure of boating – it goes beyond the small group and embraces a bigger picture, like a story board created in the marina office to encourage visitors/ resident boaters to think – we, too, could do this. We started with a weak southwesterly which turned to a fresh north-westerly, letting the genoa and the main show their might carrying us at eight knots with a comfortable heel. We were very curious about our next club or marina; important points of the experience. And this is when one realises that the expectations created by a wellorganised event enhance the experience of ‘arriving’ and thus the enjoyment of a marina or yacht club facility. As one well known marina company motto reads, “arrival is just the beginning”. In each of these yacht clubs we were stamping our pilgrim’s passports, for proof of the distance sailed and on foot and the issuing of a pilgrimage certificate at the finishing office. Needless to say, dinner at the Portonovo Yacht Club was nigh on absolute perfection – our hosts were incredibly generous on all matters – and next stop, Sanxenxo, as a favourite nautical hub for Madrid’s upper class and home of the 6m International Class in Spain, was a treat. No way would we have traded these welcoming harbours for Monaco or the south of France and there’s a marketing hint for everyone in this. If you get together with local marine associations, local/ regional tourism organisations, charter companies and other businesses and work towards creating shared experiences, you will build a stronger nautical tourism network that is of benefit to all. Our fourth day started with an early rise and take-off; 30 knot winds from the north were forecast after 10.00am, and there was a passage to negotiate before the wind picked up. The northerly wind reminded us who is the boss out at sea and sent us 3m (10ft) waves. Despite wet bums, shoes and necks we still found everything beautiful, interesting and unique as we navigated the Rias Baixas (low creeks) region. This consists of four large natural creeks measuring about 12nm long and 6nm wide. Inside, the creeks are full of bays, peninsulas, islands, yacht harbours and cities, which create a very attractive coastline with lots of options to explore. On leaving one of the creeks, we passed a large boulder island that reminded me of The Baths in the British Virgin – September/October 2021 21

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