Come and SAIL the Way of Saint James with us
24 June to 14 July 2022
An exciting alternative to the traditional Way. A cultural and sports meeting. Choose your departure port, this year (because of covid-19 restrictions) from Hondarribia to Santiago de Compostela, a maximum of 9 stages, 15 days sailing plus a final day on foot.
Adventure and fun, all in perfect safety conditions and with a complete organization concerned about every detail.
We dedicate the VII Sail the Way Crossing to the V Centenary of Magallanes and Elcano’s first round the world voyage.
The courage of these men and their strategic vision means that the voyage pays tribute to them from the sea that they loved and that we love in a special way.
The 7th Sail the Way Crossing is a special edition dedicated to the commemoration of the V Centenary of the first circumnavigation of the Earth, a feat led by the navigators Magallanes and Elcano and which culminated in 1522 after their return to Spain.
Precisely because of this link, one of the stages will have Guetaria and Bermeo as destinations, places where Elcano and his boatswain Acurio were born, respectively.
La Rochelle, protagonist of the start of the VII Crossing.
The last edition in which the crossing departed from the French Brittany port was in 2019, where several French sailors took part in several stages of navigation with the rest of the fleet.
We are tremendously excited to return to La Rochelle, not only for obvious reasons of neighbourliness and friendship that unite us, but because it is synonymous with reunion and that normality has returned to our lives. It is a very special moment that we hope many French sailors will be able to share, joining the fleet and sailing to Santiago.
And it won't be long now:
Since Bishop Godescalco (the first documented pilgrim, around 950), and later the legendary Duke William of Aquitaine, went on pilgrimage to Santiago in the 12th century, the most of the millions of Jacobean pilgrims in the world have done the Way on foot, mainly following the French Way.
However, the reality is that the first Way was made by sea, and this was done by the disciples Theodore and Athanasius bringing the body of St. James the Apostle, according to tradition, in a “stone boat”.
Can you imagine?
Have no doubt
Live the adventure!
Requirements for obtaining the Compostela Pilgrim’s Certificate
The ‘Compostela’ is the official document certifying that the holder has made the pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle Saint James. The voyage between the ports of departure and arrival must be made by sailboat. Sailors must complete a minimum of 100 nautical miles. In keeping with the spirit of the Way, the last 10 kilometres before reaching the Cathedral must be made on foot. The offices for stamping the credentials (the Pilgrim’s Passport) will be located in all the ports included in the Northmarinas network:
Sail the Way team
Terrestrial coordinator of the Sail the Way crossing. Personal Development Coach and sworn translator. She has worked in tourism and education in Germany for almost 20 years.
Federico Fernández-Tapia Fontán
Professional sailor. Secretary of North Marinas. Coordinator of nautical events. 15 years of experience.
Businessman with 30 years of experience in the nautical sector, architect and developer of Marina Santander.
Oriol Ruiz Cabestany
Manager EKP / Hondarribia. Judge of the Spanish Sailing Federation. 35 years of experience in sports sailing.
Rocío Ibarra Arias
More than 20 years dedicated to communication. Journalist and passionate about popularizing science, she has been making women visible in the scientific and journalistic fields for years.
Loreto Fdez. Fontán
Collaborating Pilgrim by land and sea since 2014. More than 10 years of experience in education. Educational advisor.
Carmen V. de Prada
Doctor in Psychology specialising in Emotional Intelligence Programmes.
University Professor with 40 years of teaching experience in General Zoology, Marine Zoology and Marine Biology. Research on marine fauna.