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CA Lobster Pot Campaign

Update 26 April:

Lobster pot petition entangled in election preparations

We have been told that all petitions on the government website will close at 1am on 3 May because of election purdah. While we will be able to post our petition again following the election, the votes cannot be transferred, so we must begin all over again.

Our campaign for better marking of lobster pots and fishing gear has received an enthusiastic response from sailing folk and the stories are pouring in for our evidence base. We have had a most encouraging reply from the Chief Executive of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations offering to work with us. The number of signatories as at 26 April stands at 5389. We have clearly struck a chord.

We said we were in this for the long haul, so we will certainly be reposting our petition as quickly as we can. We’ll let you know as soon as it is live and hope you will sign it again and once more encourage friends, family and other contacts to do the same. Watch this space!

Original news from 12 April:

Join our campaign to make lobster pot markers safer for small craft.

Some of you may have read the letter our President, Judith Grimwade, sent to Yachting Monthly on the subject of lobster pots and fishing gear and the way it is marked. They awarded her a prize!

Poorly marked lobster pots and fishing gear are the most difficult and unpredictable hazard facing coastal cruising people.

Fishermen, too, report the loss of expensive gear as a result of entanglements. These encounters could even be life-threatening. In one year alone the RNLI dealt with 295 incidents of fouled propellers. Most CA members say they would try to sort the problem out themselves so this could be a fraction of the actual number. One lifeboat station said 25% of their call-outs were purely from boats caught up in fishing gear.

We think it is time for everybody with an interest to work together to find a solution, particularly one that is cheap and practical for our fishermen. With this aim, the CA hopes to secure a government consultation about the effectiveness of the current guidance and the merits of enforceable regulations for the whole of the UK.

The MCA tells us that the same issue was raised at recent meeting of the UK Safety of Navigation committee. RATS member, John Lansdell and Ian Wilson will attend the next meeting of UKSON in May.

The CA has posted a petition on the No 10 website and hope you will sign it and encourage others to do so. We have the support of our patron, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and are canvassing other stakeholders and the yachting press.

Please tell your friends and family about our campaign and get them to sign. If you have personal experience of this problem, please let us know. We are keen to build a body of evidence to support the campaign for change. Email:


London Boat Show 2017

Come and see us at the London Boat Show on stand D068 - right behind the Raymarine stand. And don’t forget there are half-price tickets for CA members – see MyCA for the code.


This is the last chance for members to enter the competition to win a charter holiday on an 8-berth boat in the beautiful Scottish highlands, courtesy of Plain Sailing




During the show there is also the chance to win a Henri Lloyd suit of oilies (competition open to non-members only).

Members who complete our cruising questionnaire before January 13th, the second Friday of the show will be entered into the draw to win a brand new Yamaha outboard worth £700.



January 13th is the day we will be launching our great new CAptain’s Mate app at the show when Yachting Monthly editor, Kieran Flatt, will be doing the honours for the CA at the show theatre.

The launch takes place at 4pm and there will be champagne and nibbles on the CA stand afterwards.

Launch of New CAptain's Mate app


January 13th is the day we will be launching our great new CAptain’s Mate app at the London Boat Show when Yachting Monthly editor, Kieran Flatt, will be doing the honours for the CA at the show theatre.

The launch takes place at 4pm and there will be champagne and nibbles on the CA stand afterwards.

Press Release - Greek Tax Affecting Yachts

Press Release - latest on Greek tax affecting yachts - December 2016

A new Greek tax affecting thousands of British boat owners in Greece has moved a step nearer to being introduced, the Cruising Association reports – but possibly at a lower level than originally thought.

CA member, Chris Robb, has been working with Greek authorities to try to persuade them to make the tax fairer and more workable than originally announced.

CA members can login and read the full details here.

General Manager Recruitment

General Manager Recruitment

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a strong interest in sailing to play a critical role in shaping and delivering the high-quality services of the Cruising Association. A full-time position with a competitive salary and based at CA House, Limehouse, London, the role will have responsibility for a team of six staff and will have oversight of a budget of approximately £600k.

We are looking for someone who has a genuine interest in boating and ideally has experience in cruising. You should be excited to work in a membership organisation that provides services for boaters worldwide and appreciate the leading role that volunteers play in the delivery of those services. You will have worked at senior management level, preferably in other membership organisations, and enjoy and appreciate the special nature of working as part of a small team.

You will be resourceful and know where to obtain information and support. You should be self-motivated, will support and manage your team effectively, come forward with new ideas and be able to present those ideas to the Council using your skills of diplomacy and persuasion. You will also be comfortable in dealing with contractors and writing policies and procedures that are well researched and appropriate for the organisation.

The vacancy will be formally advertised in January 2017 but an application pack can be downloaded from the link below.

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CA in Sailing Today

What the yachting press say about us - CA in Sailing Today

The growth of CA membership and increase in the numbers of younger members prompted Sailing Today magazine to find out more about what makes joining the CA so appealing and says we 'must be the envy of yacht clubs around the country.'

The article is in their December 2016 issue which is out now.

Read their article by clicking on the attachment below.

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