Martine Waitt 
World Cruising Club 
+44 (0)1983 296060 


Saturday 24 September, 2022 at 09:00 AM 
Saturday 24 September, 2022 at 11:00 AM 

Add to Calendar 


Leonardo Royal Grand Harbour Hotel 
West Quay Road
Southampton SO15 1AG
United Kingdom

Driving Directions 

Cruising Portugal

Sailing south with World Cruising Club's ARC Portugal
and cruising the Algarve

Saturday 24 September 2022, 09:00 - 11:00

in association with

Offering wonderful sailing, superb seafood, and friendly beachfront ports, exploring the Portuguese coastline has long been a popular cruising location for those getting their first taste of the liveaboard lifestyle. With this in mind, World Cruising Club are organising a special free-to-attend seminar on "Cruising in Portugal" to be held at the Southampton Boat Show. Those attending can expect to gain an interesting insight to exploring the Portuguese coast, and be inspired to set sail on their own adventure. Practical weather, training and safety advice will be discussed, particularly for those who may be planning to cross the Bay of Biscay for the first time.

The seminar will have a special emphasis on ARC Portugal, which has been run annually by World Cruising Club for over twenty years. The rally departs from Plymouth, UK in early June and crosses the Bay of Biscay to Bayona, then cruises south in a series of day sails with stopovers in welcoming marinas along the way to finish in Marina de Lagos a little over three weeks later. This scenic and social rally is credited as much more than a delivery trip to the Algarve - it offers guided visits ashore to explore historic cities, excellent meals with breathtaking views and introducing sailors to life-long cruising friends. At the seminar, past skippers will be on hand to share their own experiences of the rally and answer questions about their preparations and subsequent cruising adventures. 

The finishing port for the rally, Marina de Lagos is renowned as one of the premier marinas on the Portuguese Coast. Situated close to the Algarve, with modern and secure berthing, there are excellent boatyard facilities nearby and its proximity to Faro for international flight connections makes it a convenient cruising base for those with visiting friends and family, or returning home. Ingrid Fortunato, the Manager at Marina de Lagos, will be at the seminar to provide advice about further local cruising and the practicalities to consider for basing your yacht in Portugal. 

The seminar is free to attend with advanced registration and attendees will receive a complimentary entry ticket to the Southampton Boat show at the seminar. 


0900-0915 - Registration
0915-1030 - Cruising Portugal Presentations
1030-1100 - Tea and coffee available; World Cruising Club team, Marina de Lagos representatives and past skippers on hand to answer questions and talk about your plans. 


The Forum is free to attend with advanced registration, and includes a complimentary ticket to the Southampton Boat Show which is collected on the day. 

Getting there

The seminar will be held in the Bradford Suite on the first floor of the Grand Harbour Hotel, and will be well sign posted. The hotel itself is outside the arena of the Southampton Boat Show.

By Road - From North: Take the M3 South and leave at Junction 13 to the M27. Exit at Junction 3 to the M271, and follow signs to Southampton Waterfront.

By Road - From West (M27): Follow signs Southampton Docks M271; then West Quay. 

Car parking is available in the nearby West Quay Shopping Center car parks.

By Rail: The hotel is 15 minute walk from Southampton Central Railway Station with links to London Waterloo and many other main line rail stations.

Southampton Boat Show 

For more details on the Southampton Boat Show see