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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”


Touring by tuk tuk.

ARC Portugal crews have been enjoying a fun-filled Friday exploring the historic city of Porto by tuk tuk and sampling Portugal’s signature delights of port wine and Pastel de nata.Departing from the marina in Povoa de Varzim by coach, it was an early start but easy drive into the centre of Porto to the city’s commanding landmark of the Sé do Porto where a fleet of tuk tuks awaited the first... Click here for more info..

Bem vindo a Portugal.

After many years coming to Povoa de Varzim, the relationship that has slowly built up during the many years of this first stop in Portugal between the ARC Portugal fleet and this Marina is a perfect reflection of how Event and Marina have twinned to grow together and give the very best. As a result, a very successful stop every single year. If anything highlights this charming place is the... Click here for more info..

Adios Bayona!.

Greeted by sunny skies for a beautiful final morning in Bayona, rally crews readied their boats for the 50NM mile passage to the Portuguese port of Povoa de Varzim. Many are sad to say goodbye to the lovely Spanish port, where they have been made to feel very welcome by Oscar, Leticia and the team of marineros at our host club, the Monte Real Club de Yates; several have vowed to return in the... Click here for more info..
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Girolle - Day 13 & 14 Porto & beyond

Before I start, I must mention Mike Higginson... Mike, if you are still reading my ramblings, ARC Sarah who does the technical wizardry stuff posting these blogs, showed me your FB comment yesterday. Glad you are enjoying the ramblings, honoured to read more...


Casik III - ARC PORTUGAL - Casik III Log - Let the fun begin!

The idea of participating in an Arc Rally has, for a long time, been one of our sailing goals. We have followed other boats adventures, rally experiences, ocean passages, always dreaming that one day, it would be us.Last year we decided to, read more...


Zafiro - Log 5 - The sun is now getting warmer

I write this while under sail on our next leg down the coast from Bayona to Povao. The sun is out and we are somewhere mid fleet heading south. For the last two hours we have been sailingin close formation with Flight of Time. The two yachts would read more...


Zafiro - Flight of Time in close formation



Girolle - Day 12 - Guimaraes and peaches

Good evening from Povoa de Varzim.We arrived here around 6pm yesterday.After a beautiful sail down from Bayona, getting into the marina was a slightly nerve wracking experience... a relatively short run past the breakwater with barely time to get 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

Life on board an ARC Portugal boat

As a staff member of World Cruising Club its import to understand our Rally’s from all perspectives. On this year’s ARC Portugal I crewed the leg from Falmouth to Bayona on Paul and Dee’s Hallberg Rassy 48. ... more info

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