Lisbon International Sailing Club

Who We Are

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 the satellite towns.

The Club now has over 80 members, representing roughly 15 countries spanning 3 continents, and currently ranging in age from 20 to 60. We have one boat currently in operation, a Beneteau First 31.7, named “Papamilhas II,” 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. A lot of us 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! No experience necessary. Only passion and an adventurous spirit. 

Our Boat

Papamilhas II
Papamilhas II

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! Update: Max four crew since June 2020. In line with our new COVID safety protocols. 

Sailing and Social Events

Where to start? There’s so much we do, and so much more we want to do!

In the regatta season, we participate regularly in local races here in the Tejo. There are regattas every weekend!

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, and even to the Berlengas or the Algarve!

We try to 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.


Lisbon International Sailing ClubOur trial sail program is now ended. But, if you like, 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. As a member, you have a login and password for this site and can book your spot(s) on the Events page.

If you already have a skippers (EU, RYA, or Portuguese equivalent) license, with some decent experience skippering with different crews and in various conditions, we would love to ✉️ hear from you. We are always looking for skippers to increase the frequency of our sailing activity. Once you are approved by the Commodore and two other club skippers, you can schedule your own sails! And, you will have unfettered access to our lovely Papamilhas II, to practice your skills. You can’t get a better deal in Lisbon. Period. 

While we used to offer guests to sail with us on a trial basis, as of June 2020 we have stopped offering this. This is with our new COVID safety protocols in place. If you are passionate about sailing and want to sail with us, you must become a full member. Join our mailing list and you will hear from one of our volunteers on what our club offers and how you can join. 

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 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 ☹️

This is no longer offered. You must become a full member of the club to sail with us. 🤷‍♀️