About Sailing With Us

Our Sailing Club

Lisbon International Sailing Club Women's TeamThe 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 one boat, a J80 called ‘Nova Lola’, 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 while chatting with friends. For some, Nova Lola is the first boat 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 try sailing with us before deciding whether to join; see below for contact details to arrange a trial sail.

Our boat

Lisbon International Sailing ClubOur J80 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!

Lisbon International Sailing ClubIn the regatta season we participate regularly in local races here in the Tejo.

When we go out cruising, we often either anchor up somewhere pretty for a picnic, or stop at another nearby mooring. Seixal, across the river, is a particular favourite, but 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 the calendar to see what’s coming up next.


Lisbon International Sailing ClubBefore 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 or on a work placement, we may be able to offer you pro-rata membership – just ask! Read more….

Only members can be regular sailors on Nova Lola, though friends are welcome to join our regular social events. As a member, you have a login and password for the events page. Sign up to any of the events listed, on a first-come-first-served basis.

How much does it cost?

Lisbon International Sailing ClubThe 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 afterwork 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?

If you would like to try sailing with us before you decide to join, just email admin@LisbonISC.org. We only ask that you make a small contribution to running costs.

Contact us at admin@LisbonISC.org