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ARC Portugal

Cruise across the Bay of Biscay and day sail down the coast of Spain and Portugal to Marina de Lagos. Three weeks of sailing to the sun, tours and parties.
More than simply a voyage south to the sun, ARC Portugal appeals to summer cruisers, boats heading to the Mediterranean and to ARC participants. Social activities in every port and visits ashore to explore ancient Iberian cities and fishing villages make the rally a real holiday.
Invite a range of family and friends to join your adventure - day sails and great transport links make crew changes easy. The mix of people makes ARC Portugal a friendly and convivial summer cruise.
“The banter, the laughs, the story-swapping - you would be hard pushed to beat this experience”


ARC Portugal Set Off from Plymouth.

A wonderful and informative programme was set in the special and historical city of Plymouth allowing time for all the crews to meet each other at Mayflower Marina.Safety equipment inspections and check-ins were completed onboard the six yachts taking part on this 30th edition of ARC Portugal.After a welcome and crew supper on opening day, there was an operational briefing where crews learn... Click here for more info..

ARC Portugal 2023 Celebrate in Lagos.

Leg 6 from Oeiras to Lagos was a long one, with some crews deciding to anchor overnight on the way. Tensions were high, due to recent orca activity in the area, and crews made their passage together in pairs or small groups, sharing good communication between the fleet. One boat did experience an interaction with orcas, but thankfully, crew and boat arrived safely in Lagos, as with the rest of... Click here for more info..

ARC Portugal Sailing South to Figueira da Foz and Nazare.

The ARC Portugal Fleet’s last day in Figueira da Foz began with a guided tour of the town. Participants were interested to learn more about the history and culture of the area. At the market, participants discovered the importance of salinas in the area, which produced salt used in the preservation of cod, a speciality of Figueira da Foz & Portugal. Walking inside the Coliseu Figueirense da... Click here for more info..
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Timshel - Timshel - the last leg Oeiras to Lagos

Too many choices for this one - due to the closure of the marina (and official anchorage) at Sines, done boats set off Sunday, some Monday,  some stopped at Sines some at several other anchorages. We elected to sail the 125 miles overnight read more...


Majic-L - Portugal ARC Leg 6 – Oeiras to Lagos

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}Portugal ARC Leg 6 – Oeiras to Lagos We spent our last morning in Oeiras designing and then painting our mural on the marina wall (big ambitions but like theother boats who joined in we had to do what we could with read more...


Majic-L - Leg 5 - Nazarre to Oeiras

Given we were not surrounded by any other boats, we were able to get off easily and we were the first boat across the gate start at 7am on the nose. We waved our ARC flag up at rally control on the cliff and Tony didhis best “Titanic Kate read more...


Majic-L - Leg 4 - Figueira da Foz to Nazarre

After heavy overnight rain we were pleased to wake up with the sky relatively clear as we joined the other rally boats on the start line. Unfortunately, there was no wind for sailing, so we all motored off the line onthe go from rally control. We read more...


Majic-L - Legs 2 & 3 – Povoa de Varzim and then Povoa to Figueira de Foz

Wanting to get off to a good start after our relatively low position in the arrival order in Bayona, we prepped our jib sail and cruising chute ready for fast use once we had cleared the cardinal markers. Winds were strongerthan we were expecting read more...

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What a fantastic trip this is and tremendous value for money.
Derek Parish, sy Andiamo
We had so much confidence in the expert pre cruise attention to detail, safety, planning etc and the way that we could turn up at the end of a sail to have all the berthing, paperwork, socialising and trips organised, which we almost took for granted until we had to do it for ourselves! Also the value for money of the rally, which many of our other rally friends have mentioned. It also gave us confidence for further travels.
Alison & David Alexander, sy Red Skies

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Live Presentations Back for September 2022

Our in-person live presentations will be back for the 2022 Southampton Boat Show in September, with updates on ARC Portugal and World ARC on Saturday 24 September. For those attending the show on other dates, we are offering ‘meet me at the show’ bookings.... more info

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