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Southampton Boat Show 2017


The CA will have its usual presence at the Southampton Boat Show from September 15 to 24. You'll find us on stand J419.

Red Diesel Use in Belgium

UPDATE: 28/07/2017 - CA wins change of heart from Belgian government

The Belgian Ambassador to the UK has told the CA that Belgium will not fine boats found to be carrying red diesel, from now until the issue has been discussed by the EU Committee on Excise Duty on September 18.

The CA had received reports that yachts visiting Belgium were:

Arzal Lock Closures August 2017

Further to the notice here of closures of the lock into the River Vilaine at Arzal in Southern Brittany during July, the lock will also be closed, apparently due to lack of water, during the following dates in August:

Arzal Lock Closures July 2017

The lock into the River Vilaine at Arzal in Southern Brittany will not operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout July (2017) because of low water levels. Lock opening times, in English and French, are on the La Vilaine website here. or telephone 09 69 32 97. There is a waiting pontoon downstream of the lock with access ashore, but no water or power.


CA and MDL agree recruitment initiative

The CA has agreed a new recruitment initiative with MDL marinas. MDL berth holders will be able to join the CA at a discounted rate for their first year only, providing they sign a direct debit. This is similar to arrangements we offer owners’ associations, but with a larger discount.

For MDL it is a bonus they are very pleased to offer their customers. For the CA, it is an opportunity to publicise the benefits of membership to an audience of around 5,000 UK boat owners at no significant cost.

Northern Boat Show 2017


The CA will be exhibiting at the Northern Boat Show being held in Liverpool from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June.

We will be on stand Q24 - existing members come along to say hello, non-members come along to find out what makes CA membership so appealing to nearly 6,000 cruising boaters worldwide.

New DEKPA form in Greece

New regulations affecting all boat users in Greece have finally been put into place – and all must comply by September of this year or fear being fined.

The CA has been trying to clear up confusion over the replacement DEKPA– the document all boat owners must have stamped annually and carry with all ship’s papers. Despite months of asking for clarification by the Greek Directorates, nothing was forthcoming but the new document has at last been delivered to the Port Police and the process of implementing the new system has begun.

London On-Water 2017

London On-Water

The CA will be exhibiting at London On-Water, "London's No. 1 On-Water Boat Show and Festival" at St Katharine Docks. We'll be on stand MQ11, right outside the Dickens Inn restaurant overlooking the marina - and therefore Tower Bridge - and next to Raymarine.

Dates: Thursday 8 June through Sunday 11 June 2017

Venue: St Katharine Docks, London

Revisiting the Dubhs Ridge

CA member Howard Steen has made a short but inspirational documentary film, which you can watch below, featuring two old friends on a sailing trip to revisit the scene of a mountaineering adventure of their youth. The project was three years in the making and, in addition to the fantastic cinematography of the West Coast of Scotland where their new adventure took place, has a strong human interest aspect based on the personal determination of a friend to keep enjoying the outdoors through sailing despite a serious long term disability.

Poole Harbour Boat Show 2017


The CA will be exhibiting at the Poole Harbour Boat Show taking place from Friday 19 May through Sunday 21 May.