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ARC Portugal 2021 – Revised Schedule announcement

World Cruising Club have a proposed new schedule for ARC Portugal 2021, the annual rally sailing from Plymouth, UK, to Marina de Lagos on Portugal’s Algarve. In light of the continuing international restrictions in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and with the welfare of all involved in the event in mind, the rally’s original dates planned for June have been rescheduled. It is hoped that later this summer restriction measures will have eased to enable the rally to take place in late July. World Cruising Club will continue to monitor the situation and follow international directives relating to tourism and events. By announcing the proposed schedule, we hope to provide some optimism and support to those still planning to sail south to Marina de Lagos this year.

ARC Portugal 2021 is now planned to depart from Mayflower Marina in Plymouth on Sunday 25 July and conclude at Marina de Lagos on Wednesday 18 August. In preparation for crossing the Bay of Biscay, World Cruising Club support participants with a pre-departure programme including safety checks on board every boat and briefings on what to expect on the 550m passage to Bayona. Once re-grouped on the Galician coast, the rally then visits the welcoming yacht clubs and marinas in Povoa de Varzim, Figueira da Foz, Peniche, Oeiras and Sines. This scenic and social rally is credited as much more than a delivery trip to the Algarve and we hope the 2021 edition will be no different with participants able to enjoy guided visits ashore to explore historic cities, excellent meals with breath-taking views and introductions to life-long cruising friends.

ARC Portugal 2021 Schedule




22 July

Rally office opens in Plymouth

25 July

Stage 1: Plymouth to Bayona

550 NM

3 August

Stage 2: Bayona to Povoa de Varzim

50 NM

7 August

Stage 3: Povoa to Figueira da Foz

65 NM

10 August

Stage 4: Figueira to Peniche

55 NM

12 August

Stage 5: Peniche to Oeiras

50 NM

16 August

Stage 6: Oeiras to Sines

50 NM

17 August

Stage 7: Sines to Lagos

75 NM

18 August

Final prize giving in Lagos


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