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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”


Join us for the sail south with ARC Portugal in 2023.

Join us next summer for a great sail south to Marina de Lagos - Registration is now open for ARC Portugal 2023! Credited each year with introducing sailors to cruising friends for life, ARC Portugal departs from Plymouth, UK on 4 June 2023 and crosses the Bay of Biscay to Bayona then down the coast of Portugal stopping overnight at Póvoa de Varzim, Figueira da Foz, Nazare / Peniche, Oeiras and... Click here for more info..

Lagos, ARC Portugal 2022's final destination.

The fleet arrived in glorious sunshine, synonymous with the popular holiday destination of Lagos on the southern coast of Portugal, also home to Marina de Lagos, our event sponsor and final destination of the rally for the last 27 years. As in Baiona after the Biscay crossing, Sea Crusader were the first to arrive on the waiting pontoon to be be greeted by MD of World Cruising, Andrew Bishop,... Click here for more info..

Sines, home of Vasco da Gama.

It was Sunday afternoon when the boats started to arrive in Sines, with little wind across the harbour the boats had an easy time mooring on the pontoons of Marina de Sines and the whole fleet was in just before 2200hrs. The next morning the participants meet at the entrance to Sines Castle and museum, where the welcome reception for the participants was given by the representative of Sines Town... Click here for more info..
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Bolero - The final leg!

The time had come for the final leg of Rally Portugal to Lagos.We were up with the sparrows and left our berth at 6:00am, we raised the main and unfurled the genoa.This was to be a leg with the start time of the boats logged as the crossed the read more...


Bolero - Sines

The spinnaker was brought up on deck the night before departure in preparation for a down wind leg the next morning……….. well that was the plan, the elements had different intentions.We left the the marina for the 10am start.The current was pretty read more...


Blonde Moment - Blog 9 Figuero da Foz to Nazare

`Having recovered from the long sail and a very late night celebrating over was also our wedding anniversary.... Paul and I decided to skip the tour of Coimbra as we had both been before.BM was given a thorough bubbles wash down read more...


Blonde Moment - Blog 10 Nazare to Oeiras

The wind and sea conditions meant that the fleet were given the choice of sailing on to Oeiras on the Thursday or Friday.Seven boats left on the Thursday but we were enjoying Nazare so much, we decided to stay the extra day.A walk along the red read more...


Blonde Moment - Blog 11 Sines

A dull morning in Sines but warm.The crews all assembled at the castle high above the marina and sandy beach.The Portugese explorer and navigator Vasco da Gama was born here in 1469 and an excavation at the castle has unearthed coins, pottery and read more...

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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
What a fantastic trip this is and tremendous value for money.
Derek Parish, sy Andiamo

World Cruising Club

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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