Cruising Association Sections Guide to World Cruising
A Section is the CA’s name for a special interest group. For a member, the Sections are the beating heart of the organisation. To get the best out of the CA, you should join one or more Sections. Membership is free – you can join as many Sections as you like and you can leave at any time, all online.
Sections organise seminars, lectures, rallies and other social events, even sometimes overseas trips. They produce regular Newsletters with items of topical interest. Sections are run by volunteer organisers called Section Secretaries. The Secretaries will help you with any query related to their area.
There are two types of Sections: Cruising Sections and UK/local Sections.
The Cruising Sections correspond to popular cruising areas around the world and offer support and guidance about these areas, and they also manage the CA’s Cruising Information base for their area and some produce Cruising Guides. They also liaise with local HLRs. All Cruising Sections have accompanying Cruising email ‘Nets’ to keep members in touch with each other and share information.
These are primarily social groups who organise lectures and social events during the winter and occasional local rallies during the summer. Many UK members join the UK Section near where they live, and the Cruising section where they sail, or are thinking of sailing. Our latest local section is the Antipodean section, for members living in Australia and New Zealand, many of whom sail in Mediterranean and Baltic waters.
The Cruising Sections are:
Baltic: This covers the whole of the Baltic Sea, Norway, Iceland and Faroes. Among other things, the Baltic Section holds a hugely popular ‘introductory’ seminar every spring.
Biscay: Covers the whole of Western France, Spain & Portugal. They have knowledge about cruising in Biscay waters and crossing the Bay.
Blue Water: For those travelling further afield. This Section holds a popular ‘Blue Water’ Seminar in the summer.
Celtic: This section stretches from Land’s End to Cape Wrath. With the new century, there has been an amazing growth in facilities for cruising this area.
Channel: For those closer to home, this Section covers the Northern France coast from Normandy up to Belgium, and the south coast of England.
European Inland Waterways: The inland waterways of France and the Netherlands are well known to many UK based sailors, but Europe offers much more, with well over 30,000 km of navigable rivers and canals passing through over 20 countries.
Mediterranean: Now with almost 1500 members, the Section covers the whole of the Mediterranean from southern Spain and Morocco in the west to the coast of the Levant in the east, plus the Black Sea.
North Sea: This Section is for anyone interested in experiencing the great variety and challenges of waters and coastlines to be found on the North Sea.
The local Sections are:
CA London: CA London events are held at our Limehouse HQ.
East Midlands: Talks are held in various venues in the East Midlands.
Essex: Meetings held at Blackwater Sailing Club and mid-week lunches arranged.
Kent: Winter talks are held in Maidstone, and joint rallies are organised with Essex and Suffolk sections.
Lyme Bay: Talks and walks are organised over the winter.
Solent: Summer rallies with weekend meets. Winter talks with ‘club’ suppers usually at a Hamble yacht club or marina.
South West: Members meets in two locations, one in Plymouth and one in Falmouth
Suffolk: Joint meetings are arranged with the Royal Harwich Yacht Club at Woolverstone.
Thames Valley: Winter talks are held at the Upper Thames Sailing Club in Bourne End near Marlow.
Wessex: Talks are held at Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole.
West Midlands: Year round events held at Severn Motor Yacht Club, also winter meetings held at Ashwood Social Club Kingswinford.
Antipodean: Members living in Australia and New Zealand, and generally sailing in northern hemisphere waters.