Our Sailing Club
The Lisbon International Sailing Club was set up in 2012 by a group of enthusiastic sailors and want-to-be sailors living in Lisbon and around. The Club now has over 70 members, representing roughly 15 countries spanning 3 continents, and currently ranging in age from 20 to 60. We have two boats currently in operation, a Beneteau First 31.7, named “Papamilhas II” and a J-80 called “Nova Lola”, both moored in Doca do Espanhol (near Alcantara, Lisbon).
Some of us are hardcore racing crew, who like nothing better than to take on the elements, sailing fast and furious. Others like to sail along gently, taking in the scenery and soaking up the sunshine, or moonlight, while chatting with friends. For some, our boats are the first they set foot on. Others have been sailing for years. All are welcome, and there’s something for everyone. Come and join us for a social event or for sailing, and find out more!
You can sail with us as a guest before deciding whether to join. See our membership page for more details.
“Papamilhas II” (Roadrunner in Portuguese) is the newest addition to our boat family. We bought this Beneteau First 31.7 in Porto in October 2018 and sailed down to Lisbon during an overnight sail in about 35 hours. It was chosen because this type is a fairly unique combination of a competitive racer yet is a comfortable cruiser that sleeps up to six adults. It has a fully equipped cabin, head and kitchen, making it perfect for long, multi-day trips!
Our J80, “Nova Lola“, arrived in Lisbon in August 2013 and has been in constant use ever since! The J80 is a willing and enthusiastic boat, with a racing spirit but great stability. This kind of light, reactive boat makes it easy to learn. Nova Lola is light and nippy enough to put in a good show at the regattas but is big and steady enough to take six crew out for more sedate or social sailing outings too. There’s not much in the cabin though. On long trips get used to the idea of a bucket toilet. And if you’re staying overnight, you’ll need a camping mattress. Find out more about Nova Lola
Sailing and Social Events
Where to start? There’s so much we do, and so much more we want to do!
When we go out cruising, we often either anchor up somewhere pretty for lunch or stop at another nearby mooring. Seixal, across the river from Lisbon, is a particular favourite. Oeiras, Cascais, and Expo are also popular depending on the weather and the tide. A couple of times a year at least, we make a longer overnight trip, sailing over to Sesimbra or Troia.
We have regular social events such as getting together for dinner and drinks. We have also had trips to try out Hobie Cat sailing, guest talks, and discussion sessions on sailing rules. More ideas for fun sailing get-togethers are always welcome.
Check out our Events calendar to see what’s coming up next.
Before becoming a member, why not come out with us first? See below for details of how to arrange a trial sail. If you like it, you can become a fully signed up member. It lasts one year, and both individual and family membership is available. If you’re here for a finite time, for example, if you’re studying, on a work placement, or here for the short-term while planning to move here, we may be able to offer you pro-rata membership – just ask!
Read more on our membership page…
Only members can be regular sailors on our boats, though friends are welcome to join our regular social events. As a member, you have a login and password for this site and can book your spot(s) on the events page. Sign up to any of the events listed,
As a guest, you can email us and request us to book you on a sail, based on availability, on a first-come-first-served basis. You can also join our mailing list – http://bit.ly/lisbonISC – to get announcements on new scheduled sails.
How much does it cost?
The Club is established in Portuguese law as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation and we cover our operating costs from a combination of the annual membership subscription and a sailing fee per trip. Sailing outings have different fees, based mostly on the length of the event. We consider that an after-work sailing event is likely to be shorter, probably 3 hours; whereas a full day out sailing could be a 24 hour extravaganza! Read more…
Try Sailing With Us As A Guest
If you would like to try sailing with us before you decide to join, check our events schedule and join our mailing list to know about upcoming events. If you see a sail you would like to join as crew, send us an email and we will try and book you a spot based on availability. No sailing experience is necessary, unless it is a regatta or mentioned specifically by the skipper.