Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sailing the Rias Baixas in Galicia Spain

Galician Celtic musicians

Over the past month, we sailed down from Ireland along the wild west coast, then crossed to Spain via the Bay of Biscay to sail the Rias of Galicia with 60 boats from the Irish Cruising Club. To say that it has been an absolute delight would be an understatement. I will tell each of the stories individually, but this is the introductory opening. 

We started in the Ria de Muros where we all gradually converged on the fabulous facility at the Real Club de Portosin and marina. From Portosin we had the chance to visit Noia and Santiago de Compostella by bus. Amazing. Then we sailed into the Ria Arousa where we stayed in Caraminal and visited a fabulous monastery on the way to one of largest Spanish vineyards. Next we put into the marina at Cambarro and visited the Naval College. We had plenty of time in between events and organized an Ocean Cruising Club raft-up en route to Baiona. We finished off the cruise with a magnificent cocktail party at the yacht club and dinner at the Parador in Baiona or Bayona. 

It's been a magnificent experience. We are now on our own for a month, left to explore the Rias at length and leisure. Things have changed since we were here last in 2009. Many more facilities available to cruising sailors. And the weather is fine, too. More to come!


The fabulous fort above the Monte Real Club de Yates Baiona

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