The 43rd International Carnival Regatta occurred between the 25 - 27 February 2017 in Vilamoura Marina. The Carnival Regatta included races in the Laser Standard 4.7 and in the Laser Radial, 420 which form part of the National Qualifying Trial for both the European and World Championships. The carnival regatta also included the Optimist, 470, Snipe, F18, Dart 18, Finn, 49er, 49er FX and Flying Dutchman classes.
The race was organised by CIMAV and had the support of the Portuguese Sailing Federation, Arvela do Sul, the City of Loulé, Portugal Tourism and RTAlgarve. Partnerships were also been made with Vilamoura World, Quarteira Parish Council, Vilamoura Marina, Inframoura and Dom Pedro Hotels.