the Crew

Our Passion in the Algarve

Portiate is a family run company specialized in yacht charter in Portugal, with or without your own private skipper.

In 1996, with the vision of José Taveira, Portiate started floating. Supported by his wife Anna and their three sons, after a few years, Portiate began sailing in Portugal. Over the years, the family has done it all, from customer service to captaining yachts and maintaining the fleet.

As a company, our main goal is to ensure that our guests have the best experience possible. We truly believe in customer satisfaction and that a personalized service is the best. We’re all part of this wonder that is the Ocean and we want to share it with you.”   

This ethos still drives our every client interaction and charter experience that we share with you.  


Our Crew in the Algarve


Philip Taveira

General Manager

Like his older brother Alex, Philip began sailing at 9 years old on Optimists.


Watching his father closely, he slowly started to take interest in skippering the bigger boats. After getting his Yachtmaster in England, doors opened for him.


Philip worked as a private skipper for a Beneteau 57 for 3 seasons then added to his experience when he became a charter skipper on 46ft catamarans in Thailand.


He is now back at Portiate, with the experience earned, managing the sailing fleet and skippering with passion.


Andrew Taveira

Operations Manager

Andrew also began at an early age and learned side-by-side with his brother Philip. He has always done a little bit of everything.


Andrew immediately developed a love for motorboats. This passion is the reason for Portiate’s expansion of its fleet with small motorboats for daily motorboat rentals and private motorboat day trips.


Andrew’s main duties with Portiate are briefing customers, as well as skippering, maintaining and managing Portiate’s motorboat fleet.


He is also our most knowledgeable and experienced skipper for cave exploration.



Booking Manager

Louise has been working in the sailing industry for 5 years. Starting off as a sailing instructor, and then working as a dock master, were the perfect stepping stones onto becoming our booking manager here at Portiate.

Louise is usually the first person you talk to and lends support to all our clients along the way.




André started here four years ago as a dock worker and slowly moved up the ranks to head skipper.

As our full-time skipper, he is responsible for preparing our sailboats and helming day trips  and weekly skippered charters . André is a favorite of our guests as he can make anyone feel welcome and relaxed.


Ronaldo Leonardi


Ronaldo has joined us for a second season as a crew member and dock worker here at Portiate. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education and his passion is to help others through water sports and physical activity. 

He is a natural and welcome addition to our team, and we expect he will be skippering his own trips in a couple years time. 

We are proud to be the Portugal’s
leading Yacht Charter Company


We look forward to welcoming you aboard on this any of our boats for charter in the Algarve. You can use the book now button to book any of our rentals or day trips immediately online.  If you have another question, or a special request, please fill in the form below so we can contact you with the best options for you. Or, feel free to call us at any time through out contacts page.