Our team

So who are we? To put a soul to the names below you must understand what we value. We are a dynamic and motivated team that cherishes the local knowledge, endorsing the cultural heritage of the Algarve as well as it’s natural patrimony. With a shared passion for the blue oceans we came across each other in different places in the world and are continuously searching passionate people to join us, if you feel like knowing us better please send an email.

Local guides

Local guides have the local knowledge and will share the local culture. Using local people you are contributing for a Responsible Tourism.

Experienced and open minded

We know what we do. We travel and we are aware about the best practices in the world.


We constantly looking new stuff to do, to earn. New training or a new app to show to you. We are happy to say that we are aiming for more and more.

Ricardo Barradas

School Principal

School Principal, skipper, webmaster, mechanic, painter, chef. Yachtmaster Ocean, Yachtmaster Instructor (sail), Powerboat Instructor, VHF Instructor, STCW2010. Sailing ground: Atlantic, Med, Carib, Baltic, North Sea.

Sandra Godinho

Back Office/Marketeer

Sandra loves to sail and she is the marketing brain of Algarve Cruising Centre.



Manel has experience in boat maintenance. He's our boat Doctor. Manel lives in Culatra Island and his main job is oyster and clam farmer

Our Mission

Offer quality services and show the Algarve with our local knowledge following the sustainable tourism principles.

What we do

Sailing Holidays and Courses.

International Yacht Training (IYT) Worldwide.   This is the first recognised training center in Portugal based out of the Algarve.

We offer private tuition run by recognised IYT instructors and examiners. We offer Sailing, Powerboat courses and Skippered Yacht Charter in the Algarve. The structure and timing of the courses and trips are adjustable and flexible depending on the clients requirements.

Why IYT?

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