How do I join and what is the cost?
If you’re interested in joining the CA, head over to our online membership application
for full details including the membership categories, discount options, and the online or downloadable membership form. We very much look forward to welcoming you!
What can the CA provide that my local yacht club can’t?
Many sailors benefit hugely from membership of their local yacht club and at the CA, we like to think we offer our cruising members the same social scene and camaraderie and even more, including an incredible support network for cruising sailors. What’s more, we have a plethora of other benefits including exclusive use of our App and online forums, 16,000 pages of cruising information online, a quarterly magazine, access to CA House in London where you can stay overnight and/or visit our world-renowned library, and you can enjoy hundreds of discounts worldwide. Read more about Membership Benefits
What’s the difference between you and the RYA?
The CA offers a wide variety of benefits for the cruising sailor. Whilst many racers also cruise and are most welcome to join the CA, we do not provide specific information on racing. In addition, the RYA is focused on the UK, while we provide info on popular cruising areas worldwide
Do I need to have sailed a certain number of miles before I can join?
There are no restrictions on becoming a CA member. We welcome novices as well as seasoned and experienced cruisers.
Can I join if I don’t have a boat?
Anyone can join the CA. If you’re looking to purchase a boat or simply want to expand your cruising knowledge, the CA can help. If you’re looking to increase your sailing experience, why not start the relationship by joining our Crewing Service from £28 per year where you can crew for our members.
Do you only cater for sailing yachts?
The Cruising Association caters for all cruising vessels from sailing boats and motorboats to canal boats.
I’d like to start by joining the Crewing Service. How do I do that?
To become a Crewing Service member you need to join here. If you would like to discuss the Crewing Service membership further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Does my membership cover my wife/husband/partner too?
Yes, membership covers two people from one household. You can join with a friend, but anything we send (such as our fantastic Cruising magazine), will only be sent to one address.
Do you offer a family membership?
Our membership covers two people from one household, but those under 25 years old can join at the discounted rate of just £25.50 per year.
Does the CA provide corporate membership?
We don’t currently offer a corporate membership option.
Can I get a discount if I know a CA member?
If you are referred to us by someone who is already a CA member, and you subsequently join, you will benefit from 25% off your first year’s subscription (when paying by Direct Debit). What’s more, your friend will also receive £20 to spend in the CA shop. Simply ask your friend for the discount code to use when joining online
here, then add the discount code they provide in the 'Promotional Code' field and, of course, your friend's name in the 'Recommendation' field.
Why don’t you offer an Overseas discount anymore?
Discounted membership for ‘overseas members’ was cancelled some years ago. The cost to service memberships and member requirements are the same regardless of location and, as a non-profit organisation, our services are provided by groups of volunteers, supported by a small administrative team
. Much of our communication is also now conducted online and as such it carries the same overheads for any user in any part of the world.
Is becoming a member dependent on the size of boat you own?
We welcome owners of any boat, type or size.