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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 - Keeping on Cruising.

And they’re off again, sailing down to their first stop in Portugal after what could be described as perfect stopover in Baiona, Spain. The programme started with a crew dinner at El Túnel restaurant, a great way to gather the fleet together and share their thoughts on the Biscay crossing and get to know each other better.During the weekend, they crews went to visit the Galician capital,... Click here for more info..

Bienvenido a Baiona.

The ARC Portugal 2021 flag is now raised and flying high in Monte Real Club de Yates in Baiona, Spain. After what many consider their great crossing of Biscay, the fleet will now spend a few days in the only Spanish stopover of the rally before heading to Portugal.Arriving ARC Portugal crews have been eager to share their tales from the 550nm passage from Plymouth, with the highlight for many... Click here for more info..

ARC Portugal 2021 underway.

After a day of final preparations at Mayflower Marina on Saturday, busy provisioningand settling in new crew, the afternoon ended with the skippers briefing for the first leg of the rally to Bayona. Andrew Bishop led the briefing, joined over Zoom by weather guru Chris Tibbs for a comprehensive weather brief for the leg, forecasting almost ideal conditions for the Biscay crossing. Afterwards... Click here for more info..
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Gertha 5 - Lagos

Here we are in Lagos.My 4th rally.The small group of boats made a very good mix, this rally will be the most memorable of all I have done.Great sailing and a great social life, incredibly good value. read more...


Gertha 5 - Portsmouth

One day to go.Emergency run to shops last night, it is a sign of the mad times we live in, basicly no beer or water for sale in the shops.Wind looks a little light tomorrow, so may anchor in the bay and wait for wind, most likely the forecast is read more...


Girolle - Days 22, 23, 24 - More soup (pea soup fog) and the final leg

I write today’s blog with a heavy heart as we are in the final hours of our last sail in what has been a month packed with adventure.On Sunday we were awoken by the continual sound of a fog horn and popped our heads out of the cabin to see... not a read more...


Girolle - Day19, 20, 21 - Oeiras

We were fortunate on Thursday in that for the remainder of our trip to Oeiras we had the wind behind us and were finally able to return to ‘proper’ sailing.Half way or so through the journey there was a burst of excitement when 6 naval vessels read more...


Girolle - Days 18, 19 - Peniche, where’s the wind gone?

We are back at sea for two consecutive days. Yesterday, we set sail from Figueira da Foz to Peniche, a small fishing port some 70NM further South. It rained during the early hours of Wednesday, the day started off cool and with grey skies so we set 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

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