Some months ago I wrote an entry about the three official ways to do El Camino de Santiago. It is good to remember that when we say “official” we mean the different ways that will lead you to receive the Compostela certificate, these official ways are determined by the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Until now, the three official ways of achieving this certificate were by way of making El Camino for a different minimum number of kilometres depending on whether you do El Camino on foot, riding a bike, or on horseback. Now there is a new admitted way, by sailing at least 100 nautical miles plus a stage with a distance equivalent to at least like from Monte do Gozo to Santiago.
This initiative was born out of North Marina group, a compendium of several nautical clubs in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, but many other clubs are also applying for information to ascribe to it, some from as far as France. It is a fairly recent project and also a very ambitious one, soon they want to offer it to the British Isles as well.
One of the beneficiaries of this new project is El Camino Inglés, the idea is that the seaport of the city of A Coruña will be the port of entry for the boats that have done the pilgrimage by sea and need to get to Santiago de Compostela. An inaugural stretch of the pilgrimage is being prepared for 80 small boats that plan to arrive to Santiago by the festivities of the Apostle James on the 25th of July.
Besides the benefits for the local tourism, the deal and signature of an agreement with the Dean of the cathedral of Santiago make perfect sense, bearing in mind the origins of the myth by which the corpse of Saint James (after being decapitated in Palestine) was thought to have reached the Galician coast by boat, mind you, a stone one, to the site of the actual town of Padrón.
So, now you know that if you have a boat and are longing for some adventures and a peregrination in a different way, ropes away!