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And you will also receive our notebook with everything you need to know about the St. James Way by Sea: stories and legends of the way, “La Traslatio” by the Apostle, and much more.

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Who we are

El Camino por Mar® is made up of a group of professionals from the worlds of sailing, educations, sports, and tourism who met in 2004 doing the first Jacobean Nautical Crossing. We were especially attracted to what the St. James Way means and we respect it from all points of view, religiously and culturally.

At the same time, we share a variety of passions, like sailing, the sea, nature, sports, cuisine, and culture, as well as the history of the land and the villages of this region of the Atlantic.

Our philosophy

As sailors, we make an effort to foment solidarity and brotherhood, both onboard and in our daily life. We respect nature and our surroundings. We work hard and persevere in order to reach our goals.

As pilgrims, we are travellers and guides, always looking for a place, the sanctuary that each of us has as a goal, because “The Way is Life.”

Our history

It all started in December, 2013, when the author, the person who came up with the project, Jesus Murugarren, was walking the French route of the St. James Way by himself. While climbing Mount Cebreiro in a snowstorm—one of the hardest sections of the route—he had the idea of organizing the route by sea. The original transfer of the remains of the Apostle St. James from the Holy Land was done by sea, with a short path by land. Copying the original route of Theodore and Athanasius would allow me to share my two great passions: walking and sailing.

After finishing my pilgrimage, I started working on the idea without knowing that as destiny would have it, something similar was cooking on another level: a pioneer expedition was being prepared to commemorate the 800th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi’s pilgrimage by sea to Santiago de Compostela. The project was organized by Javier Ruiz de Cortázar from the Galicia Nautical Association, promoted by the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the Franciscans and Xunta de Galicia.

The 1st Jacobean Nautical Crossing, from Genoa to Santiago de Compostela, took place in July, 2014. At that time, I didn’t hesitate to bring my sailboat and my experience as a sailor and a pilgrim to help and participate in the project.

The founding team of El Camino por Mar® – Xandra, Noé, Denís and me- arose from that route. The joy and friendship of that trip gave us the gift of discovering a common vocation for pilgrimage and adventure. We forged ahead on this initiative and we each decided to contribute our knowledge and resources to it. And thus we laid the foundations of this project, which has become a reality today after a great deal of work that we are very proud of.

Our team

JESÚS MURUGARREN

Head, Coordinator, and Community Manager

Pilgrim on different paths, the person who came up with the idea for the project. He is a mechanical technical engineer, an expert in naval systems and sailboat chartering. He is a licensed yacht captain with a great deal of experience in sailing and navigation. He built the sailboat Artabia, which forms a part of our fleet.

XANDRA GARCÍA-BRABO

Logistics and Administration Manager

A pilgrim at various times, she has a degree in Psychology and speaks Spanish and French. She is a licensed yacht captain with a great deal of sailing experience. She knows the inlets and the interesting places there for sightseeing, history, and cuisine. She combines these functions with guiding tours, especially French-speaking ones.

NOÉ MASSÓ

Manager of the Cultural Department

A pilgrim at various times, he has a doctorate in philosophy and is an expert historian and professor of history. He is a yacht skipper specialised in sailing the Rías Baixas. He is an expert in the geography, history, and traditions of Galicia. He wrote our notebook “What You Should Know About the Camino by Sea.”

DENÍS POMBAL

Manager of the Technical Fleet

He has done the pilgrimage various times. An officer of the merchant navy with various supplementary nautical certifications, he speaks Spanish and English. He is an expert in sailing for fishing, with thousands of miles of sailing experience, sailing to the Falkland Islands. He has worked as a professional in recreational sailing onboard sailboats in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. He has been an officer on regular merchant ships between the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands. He has collaborated in maritime rescue missions.

NATALJA DUDEK

Manager of Public Relations and Reservations

She has done the pilgrimage various times. She has a degree in Tourism and speaks Spanish, English, German, French, Portuguese, and Italian. She loves to sail and is a professional guide who knows all about the areas where our tours go.

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