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Sailing in Portugal
In the late 19th century, Portugal’s royal family started vacationing here and turned a simple old fishing village into quite the posh spot to vacation. Today, a jet-set Portuguese crowd comes here to sunbathe on the beaches and dock their yachts in the harbor. There are still some old-world charms, though, like the cobblestone streets and the ruins of a 17th-century castle. The strong winds make Cascais a popular destination for water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, and of course sailing. I sailed in some terrific conditions here in 2011 during the America’s Cup World Series. —Sir Russell Coutts
This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more about Oracle Team USA CEO Sir Russell Coutts.