Crewing Service

Looking for crew for your boat, or do you want to build crewing sea time?

Our Crewing Service is free to full members, helping find crew for anything from local cruising to crossing oceans. An online system lets skippers post details of planned trips and crewing opportunities, based on dates, itineraries and level of experience, allowing crew to make contact directly.

CS meetings are held normally on the first Thursday of each month from October to April at CA House in Limehouse, London. Meetings start at 19:00 but the bar and restaurant are open from 17:30. Members can come along, enjoy talking about boating exploits over a pint or glass of wine and find the skipper or crew to suit their cruising plans.

A couple of the monthly meetings are held at the weekend for those who find it difficult to get to and from CA House on a Thursday evening. We will also be holding further meetings via Zoom for people who don’t live within easy travelling distance of London. The dates for crewing meetings for the autumn/winter season at CA House are as follows. Dates for Zoom meetings will be advised when confirmed:

Travel and Adventure with the Crewing Service

Crew News from Janet and Philip Milln

Crewing Service members Janet and Philip Milln

"Philip and I joined the CA in 2002 and enjoyed many wonderful years sailing our boat, Hamble Warrior, with the help of the Med section – see below. Sadly, we decided to sell our boat in 2018. We posted her on the CA website together with a video and sold her to another couple of members. She remains in the Med. In 2019 we joined the crewing service and through that have had experiences of a Lagoon 39 back and forth across the Channel, a Hanse 37 in Portugal, a Beneteau 45 going down to La Rochelle and Philip helping a Rival down from the Western Isles to Strangford Loch. And the skippers and crew were all great people too. We were a little worried about being crew after being skippers, but if you sit on your hands and go with the flow it becomes easier."

Read their story here

I attended a crewing service meeting at CA House for my intended trip Lagos-Madeira-Azores-NW Spain for which I needed crew for the final leg. Two signed up, both very competent, nice guys. So, thank you CA Crewing Service for helping me complete the 1700 mile circuit.
Ron Houston, July 2022

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For Skippers - Finding Crew

For owners needing crew for overnight or longer passages, the Crewing Service offers a way to find the right crew. Free to full members, simply log in and load details of your cruising plans, dates and crew requirements to begin the process of finding crew for your next trip or next season.

For Crew - Finding Skippers and Crewing Opportunities

The service offers lots of opportunities for newcomers (over 18s) to try cruising and see what it's like. More experienced small boat sailors, and those taking RYA shore-based courses can build experience and sea miles. Crew of any ability, from novice to Yachtmaster, join from just £34.00 a year.

Pay by credit/debit card and you’ll receive an email with login details. Just enter your crewing preferences and start searching for a crewing opportunity that suits you. If you pay by Direct Debit or cheque, we’ll send login details by email as soon as payment is confirmed.

Take the first step in your new crewing adventure

Join the crewing service