Cinnamon dusted deserts, the bold Atlantic rollers, and a fabulous boutique scene only an hour or so north of Portugal’s capital Lisbon, Cascais is quite the destination. From the 17-21st July, the yachting lifestyle elite have another reason to add this south west European spot to their list – to attend the utterly refined Rolex TP52 World Championship.
The 52 Super Series is back, but this time at the beautiful Clube Naval de Cascais. With blustery changing winds, lashings of ocean movement, and challenging conditions – Cascais is one of the most exciting spots for yachting and nautical sports in the world.
Those visiting to witness the white capped wonder of the Rolex TP52, also known as the Grand Prix of yachting makes for a riveting experience, along with the chance to explore the pretty shores of Cascais. For five days the sailing contest will take to the Atlantic waters, with one crew crowned champion at the end and awarded with the highly coveted Rolex timepiece.
Nine racing teams from around the world are expected to set their sails for the championship with players traveling from the far-flung shores of Brazil and South Africa, along with a few closer to home – such as the UK, Italy and Germany.
All eyes are on the Brazilian’s, whose team boasts Olympic medalists and Rolex world sailors of year – Robert Scheidt and team owner – Eduardo de Souza Ramos. The American team also have American cup star Dean Barker on their books, and interest is growing for the South African team as co-owners Hasso and Tina Plattner have collected a fair few prizes over the years. The German Harm Müller Spreer’s Platoon came in first place last year and will be working hard to defend their title out on the open water. Suffice to say competition is fierce.
Most of the action when not on the water will center around the stunning Clube Naval de Cascais. Home of the sailing club and first-rate regattas, the club house is a vivid and striking spot to sip cocktails and rub shoulders with the yachting elite. Daring steel and glass structures invite you to gaze out upon the bay and the veranda is the perfect spot for aperitifs before moving into the grand dining room.
Long haul travelers will want to touch down in Lisbon before taking the train north to Cascais. The jet-set elite crowd who don’t sail in on a superyacht can take a private jet and touch down at the Cascais Aerodrome.
Cascais captures that sweet spot between hip summer hangout and traditional village vibes. Yet, the seaside town also has its fair share of boutique bliss. Wild whipped sea views can be seen from every angle, and lavish hotels like The Oitavos offer a spa inspired countryside escape for those who want a break away from the buzzing world champion action sweeping through the town.
Michelin starred suppers are the name of the game in glittering Cascais. Bag a table at the magical Mar do Inferno for glistening seafood platters against the roaring backdrop of the Boca de Inferno blowhole. On those balmy late evenings when you want a break from all that sailing talk – the Casino Estoril invites you to throw down the dice, James Bond style.
Day trips nearby can take you to the cultural charm of Lisbon for a day riding the tram around Alfama or you can head to the royal sanctuary resort town of Sintra where 19th century palaces await to be explored. Take a look at our in-depth guide to Cascais for more ideas on this epic wild location.