A bit about us:
We are two people from contrasting worlds; Augusto Pereira, from Lisbon in Portugal and Dai Briggs, from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Pure luck led us meeting in the port of the little-walled town of Lagos in the Algarve. We share our love for Portugal, the healthy lifestyle in the Algarve, the ocean, sailing and each other ever since.
Augusto lost his heart to live on the water when he first went sailing on the River Tagus close to his boyhood home in Caxias, near Lisbon. The call of the sea has drawn him ever since. He has built up an impressive record of experience in the yachting world. He was running his own sailing school, worked as a boat broker, and finally skippers yachts for private owners. He is a very internationally orientated person as he worked with foreigners a lot in and outside of Portugal. His first language is Portuguese, besides this, he is fluent in French and English. He is a dedicated sailor but also loves cooking the typical dishes from Portugal. And last but not least tell people about the history and culture of his favourite country, Lusitania/ Portugal.
My relation with Portugal;
I set foot in Portugal for the first time, when I was 14 years old, on an Easter holiday to Sesimbra. I learnt my very first words in Portuguese from my “How to say it in Portuguese” tourist guide. That visit left me in love with the magnificent coastline, the wonderful climate, and the calm and friendly nature of Portuguese people. I felt a strong connection with the southern lifestyle, went on a working holiday in Olhão as a teenager, and remember very well walking for hours in my free time, on the long stretchy beaches of Island “Armona” and “Culatra” with my “walkman” and knowing this was me… Many such holidays followed, and I moved to the south of Portugal in 2000.
Experience sailing in (or around) Portugal, and relax…
Together with Augusto and the crew, we would like you to experience the beauty of Portugal and its impressive coastline, share with you the many stories that can be told of its rich history, culture, and cuisine. On the other hand, show you there is no better place to escape the hassle of everyday life than out at sea. Being there, even for a few days, is time enough to surrender to the soothing effect of the water. To return to the core of life, something modern times rarely offer us.
Sustainable Sailing ;
Best of Lusitania is aware of the enormous impact tourism has on the environment, therfore we do our best to reduce our boat’s footprint as much as possible.
- We buy seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmers and producers.
- We buy, as little as possible processed food,
- We have a watermaker onboard and filter our water, this way we aren’t forced to buy bottled water, reducing plastic waste.
- All the packaging, plastics, glass and paper we use, we separate and deposit in the recycle bins.
- To help us, and for your own convenience, please bring your own reusable water bottle to drink from during the sailing.
Sailing is the ultimate way of being “mindful”, it is “slow living” at it’s best. Even when sailing fast! 😉
What excites us most about this project is tailoring travel to meet individual tastes. Searching out that little bit extra, utilising all we know about Portugal. To give each holiday an individual touch, leaving an indelible impression.
Sail with us, and enjoy all good things life has to offer!
Dai Briggs, founder Best of Lusitania.
Augusto Pereira, project manager/ Captain S/Y Spirit of Lusitania.