Sharing of information has been the lifeblood of the CA since its inception in 1908 and with thousands of members reporting on their experiences, the CA is an invaluable cruising resource and network.

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The Cruising Association is the leading organisation for cruising people, offering a unique way to get the most from your time afloat - with information, discounts and networking.
For anyone nurturing the dream of an ocean voyage there is no better place to take the first step from dream to reality than the Cruising Association.

Jimmy Cornell

Three times circumnavigation, best selling author & founder of the ARC

How to find us:
Opening Times:
Monday to Friday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Tel: 020 7537 2828
The Cruising Association:
CA House, 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, London E14 8BT
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Our Team

Beryl Chalmers

General Manager

Ann Rowe

Web Editor

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Jennifer Mitchell

Membership Secretary

Lucy Gray

Personal Assistant

Tony Palmer


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Adrian Lester

Chief Technical Officer

CA House

CA Headquarters

The CA’s central London HQ hosts the world’s largest marine library, five cabins a restaurant, bar and the admin team. With easy links to the West End’s theatres, The O2 and Canary Wharf, it’s a great place to visit or stay from just £40 a night.

CA House by Limehouse Basin

An invaluable source of cruising information, friendship and support in time of need.

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Blue water cruising couple & victims of Somali piracy

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The Crewing Service

  • Find experienced and friendly crew
  • Join a boat for a new adventure
  • Meet crews and skippers at regular events at CA House
  • Members can post adverts free
  • Join the crewing service only for just £25


News From The CA

The CA keeps a close watch on the marine industry and especially how its members are affected, with red diesel and foreign boat tax being key points. Keep up-to-date with the news published online, in our magazine and in our monthly e-newsletter. Click here for all news!

RYA courses run in CA House

First Class Sailing runs the full range of RYA shorebased courses at CA House. Classes are run in the evenings or at weekends or a combination of both.....find out more

Latest Articles

Turkish Visas Update - Latest News Sept 2016

Boat owners cruising in Turkish waters are facing more difficulties because a new law regarding Residence Permits is confusing everyone concerned.

Cruising Almanac 2017

The 2017 edition of the renowned Cruising Almanac, the reference for serious cruising in NW Europe, is out now!

Greek Tax System

Greek authorities have drafted new legislation in the way they charge a tax on all boats in their waters.

CA Assist Yachting Monthly

The question asks about the right a marina has to force its berth holders to use its recommended broker when selling a boat.


Cruising Information

  • First hand experienced reviews
  • 5000 members updating port information
  • 16,000 pages of Cruising information
  • Boat documents in order?
  • Biggest source of cruising advice in the world
  • CAptain's Mate for information in real time

An invaluable resource if you are planning a trip somewhere a little different and the list of local representatives in ports all over the world really is a magic pass.
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CA Member, comedian, actor & sailing enthusiast

CAptain’s Mate

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  • Always up to date
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  • Thousands of port guides at your fingertips
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Our Sections are the social heart of the CA, holding events such as rallies, meals and seminars throughout the year.

Upcoming events below

Click here for a full list of events

Winter TLC for Engines Lecture

26/10/2016 | CA House

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European Inland Cruising Seminar

19/11/2016 | CA House

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

Commencing 18/10/16 | CA House

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Beginning in Biscay Seminar

26/11/16 | CA House

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Regulations & Technical Services

  • Panel of experts answer members' queries
  • Technical and regulatory subjects reviewed
  • Subjects include red diesel, Visas and foreign taxes
  • Volunteer specialists called in to assist with technical matters
  • Representing the CA towards DEFRA and other government bodies


The CA works within the industry to offer members hundreds exclusive discounts on insurance, equipment and clothing. You can save more than the cost of membership.
I saved the cost of my membership on a new set of oilies

Contact Us

CA House, 1 Northey Street
London, E148BT

Tel: 020 7537 2828

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