Community and Forums


Our online forums are a great way for members to share information. All posts and replies are made using real names, not pseudonyms, and are visible only to members.

Forums are divided into categories including general cruising topics, weather and technical matters, as well as geographically-specific areas like Biscay, Baltic and Mediterranean. Topics range from where to lay-up to the nearest laundry or best restaurant. There are, inevitably, requests for recommended yacht services – sailmakers, stainless steel fabricators, diesel engineers and more.

Ask a question and answers from fellow members with real experience will flood in. This help is most reassuring when the question is urgent - maybe a breakdown, or local administrative problems.


Sections are local membership groups. We have two types, cruising sections and local UK sections.

Cruising sections cover popular areas like the English Channel, the Mediterranean or European inland waterways. Local sections service most of the UK, both in and out of the sailing season. There’s also an Antipodean Section for members living in Australia and New Zealand who sail in Europe during northern hemisphere summers and arrange get-togethers Down Under in their summer.

Sections run events like rallies, social get-togethers, seminars and lectures throughout the year as well as inputting information to our cruising database and publications. They’re a great way to meet and make friends with people who live or sail near you, and to pick up boat loads of local knowledge.

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Honorary Local Representatives

We have hundreds of Honorary Local Representatives (HLRs) around the world. Their local knowledge and willingness to help CA members in whatever way they can makes them an invaluable resource.

They can source emergency repairs, find moorings, help with visas, explain local customs and bureaucracy, as well as helping to find provisions, arranging land transport and organising excursions. And if they can’t help, they’ll know someone who can. They also keep us up-to-date with matters arising in their areas that might concern CA members.


Our Sections are the social heart of the CA, holding rallies, social get-togethers, lectures and seminars throughout the year, in the UK and worldwide, ashore and afloat.

See our full events calendar here.

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We have six RYA-accredited training partners throughout the UK with discounted prices for members. If the freedom of exploring by sea appeals, but you want to increase your knowledge, CA membership is a great place to start.

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Classified Adverts

Our members can place ‘sale’ or 'wanted' ads for anything from boats to books, charts to cleats, online and in Cruising Magazine.

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