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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”


Cruising in Portugal Seminar at the Southampton Boat Show.

Join us for a special seminar on Saturday 24th September 2016 from 0900 to 1100 at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. Free to attend with advanced registration, plus complimentary ticket to the Southampton Boat Show.Click here to registerOffering wonderful sailing, superb seafood, and friendly beachfront ports, exploring the Portuguese coastline has long been a popular cruising... Click here for more info..

All good things....

...Must come to an end, and last night it was the turn of the 22nd edition of ARC Portugal where all the participants gathered for a farewell supper and final prize giving at Marina de Lagos. They all had the opportunity to reflect on their achievements, challenges and friendships made over the last weeks.The start from Plymouth on 5 June marked the start of ARC Portugal 2016, a... Click here for more info..

Final but romantic stop, Marina de Lagos.

The arrival of all the ARC Portugal yachts to Marina de Lagos yesterday late afternoon completes the sail south of the rally for 2016. By 2000 all the fleet was berthed and bottles of champagne were opened as Fraser and Jane got engaged just at the entrance of Marina de Lagos as With Dignity arrived onto the waiting pontoon. The participants had a free night to celebrate the great news and a... Click here for more info..
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Dashzani - Lagos here we come...

Last leg of the rally today. No wind this morning 'again' but the sun is shining on the fleet. Currently being escorted down the coat by a Portuguese frigate. Maybe they have clocked we are all UK vessels!! IMG_1013 read more...


Dashzani - Lunch in Sunny Coimbra

A well deserved few beers after an epic sail south to Figuera de Foz yesterday. Weather has improved significantly so happy crew all round. Very interesting tour of the library and university here in Coimbra, definitely worth a visit! IMG_0999 read more...


Saving Grace II - Log day 3: Across Biscay

Log day 3: Across BiscayAfter hours under engine, the weather gods blessed us with some lovely sunshine and an opportunity to add some colour to the blue horizon. IMG_0630 read more...


Saving Grace II - Log Day 5: Arrival in Bayona

Log Day 5: Arrival in BayonaUpon arrival in Bayona, having got ourselves across Biscay, the next navigational challenge was finding the rally office!IMG_0640 read more...


Saving Grace II - Log Day 8: Over the Hill

Log Day 8: Over the HillHiking the rocky hills above O Follon proved hugely rewarding with possibly the finest lunch of the trip so far! IMG_0644 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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