Angel Galdo in collaboration with Stephen Hill are looking for volunteer rowers for a great event that will take place 17 and 18 June. For more information please phone 644063421 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ‘El viaje de vuelta’ means ‘The return trip’ as the boat will return to its former ‘home’.
They have dicovered the names of the 14 so-called jábega fishing boats that used to fish in the bay of La Herradura in the beginning and the middle of the last century. All the boats have gone lost but one of the jábega boats has been found in Nerja and is owned by a man from Nerja, who has put it on the beach of Pedregalejo, Malaga, about 54 km from La Herradura. This gentleman is willing to let La Herradura borrow the boat for two months, on the condition that it will be rowed from Pedragalejo to La Herradura. This jábega boat is most probably the most antique boat made of joint wood known in the entire world .
The volunteer rowers will make shifts of 9 kilometres each (2/3 hours) and the boat will always sail approximately 50 metres from the shore and all the appropriate safety measures will be taken. It is not necessary to be an athlete, and speed is not our goal. It is the enjoyment of the landscape and good company that matters. It’s a voyage in a time machine floating from Neolithic times to modernity.
The very last shift will be done by a crew of veteran fishermen from La Herradura, who will embark in Marina del Este (still to be confirmed) and then row to the ‘Monumento al Náufrago’ (shipwreck monument) in La Herradura where people will be waiting for them. These fishermen are the owners of our memories of the past and deserve a tribute for their noble and hard life. Of course everybody is invited to witness this special event.