Mediterrean Section Seminar

Our annual Mediterranean Section Seminar will run over two days with day one focusing on how to prepare for Med cruising, CAptain's Mate, extending cruises beyond 90 days, Med weather, how the HLR service can help and First Aid. Day two will cover cruising grounds and the chance for 1:1 chats with people who know them well. This is a great opportunity to meet other Med cruisers and exchange cruising tips. Come for either day or both.


Imray will have a stand on both days and will be offering a 35% discount on Imray & resale products and a 10% discount on UKHO products. The discounts, available to all CA members, will be extended for a week after the seminar. Members will need to be logged in to see the link below to access the discount.

Members can access the discounts here.


CA Cruising Almanacs and other CA merchandise will be on sale on both days.

On the social side we are also planning a dinner on Friday night at a local Turkish or Italian restaurant, and a dinner at CA House on Saturday night. These are a great way of meeting other Med sections members and having a jolly sociable evening. Numbers at both may be limited and will need to be confirmed by 12 March so if you are interested please email You will also be asked to confirm whether you are interested in the Saturday night dinner when you buy your Eventbrite tickets but please also email to help with the planning!

Date: Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March 2023

Time: Registration and coffee/tea from 09:30, Start 10:00 - 16:45 (approx)

Place: CA House

Booking: Book online here. If you wish to stay for the evening meal on Saturday, please select that option when booking.

Cost: Members: £25 Saturday only, £25 Sunday only, £40 both days. Non-members: £30 Saturday only, £30 Sunday only. Non-members joining the CA on the day and paying their membership subscription by Direct Debit will be refunded the difference between the member and non-member cost.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the cost.


Saturday (morning)

  • 09:30 - 10:00: Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:30: Preparing your house and personal stuff before going to the Med - Keith Pettican
  • 10:30 - 11:00: Preparing your boat for the Med - Joel Tatham
  • 11:15 - 11:30: Coffee/tea
  • 11:30 - 12:00: Extended cruising in Schengen post 90/180 days, signposting CA website info on visas, residence permits, EU countries as boltholes, RATS (Regulatory & Technical Service group)
  • 12:00 - 12:30: How to get the most out of CAptain's Mate, Steve Crome
  • 12:30 - 13:00: The role of HLRs and how they can help you, Caroline Milmo
  • 13:15 - 14:00: Lunch

Saturday (afternoon)

  • 14:00 - 14:45: Mediterranean Weather forecasting, Dr Andrew Eccleston from Plymouth University. How you can make the most of authoritative weather data – and what to make of recent changes in weather patterns in the Med.
  • 14:45 - 15:30: First Aid and survival: how to manage till help arrives, Dr Gilbert Parks
  • 15:30 - 15:45: Coffee/tea
  • 15:45 - 16:15: Hidden metal failures in boats (with particular reference to rigging), Vyv Cox
  • 16:15 - 16:45: Crossed anchors - the bane of Mediterranean anchoring. Vyv Cox
    (please note there is a chance Vyv won’t be able to come in which case I will rearrange the Saturday speakers. To be confirmed nearer the day)

Sunday (morning)

  • 09:30 - 10:00: Registration
  • 10:00 - 13:00: Country/cruising area talks. Using both ground floor and council room upstairs we will have 50 minute presentations from the speakers below and a coffee break at 11.30
    • France/Corsica/ S Italy, David Innes-Wilkin
    • Sardinia and Sicily, Robert Johnson
    • Croatia, Montenegro and Albania, Andrew Osmond
    • Ionian/Gulf of Corinth, Tony Montgomery-Smith
    • Saronic Gulf and Athens, Mick de Pomerai
    • Turkey, Keith Pettican
  • 13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

Sunday (afternoon)

  • Information tables/boards with the speakers above, plus Vyv Cox on the southern Aegean. This is a chance to have more specific 1:1 chats with people who are familiar with their areas.
  • 16:30: Finish



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