Join the CA Community - afloat & ashore

Check out the Sections below to find a Cruising Association group near you, check out the events they’re running and find their contact details.

'Cruising Sections’ cover sea areas whilst ‘Local Sections’ are UK-based. There’s also an Antipodean Section for members ‘down under’.

When you join consider signing up to at least two Sections, one near home and another where you want to cruise. You can join as many Sections as you like – it’s FREE - and there are opportunities to get involved in events and discussions most relevant to you and your cruising.

Cruising Sections use dedicated online forums to exchange information. As a CA member you can access any forum at any time, whether you’re a Section member or not. You can even set up automatic forwarding of posts from any forum and the ‘cruising mode’ helps you control receipt of emails when airtime might be expensive or bandwidths restricted.

Cruising Sections


Covers the Baltic Sea, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Faroes. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring.


Covers Western France, Spain and Portugal as well as crossing Biscay. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring.

Blue Water

For those sailing outside of European waters. Holds a popular Blue Water seminar in the summer.


Covers waters from Land’s End to Cape Wrath. Meets at various west coast venues to share knowledge on all aspects of cruising the region.


For those cruising the south coast of the UK, Channel Islands, and France from the Belgian border to NW Brittany. Holds an annual seminar and summer rally/cruise-in-company.

European Inland Waterways

Covers over 30,000 km of navigable rivers and canals passing through over 20 countries. Meets spring and autumn at CA House.


Covers the Mediterranean from Spain and Morocco in the west to the Levant in the east, and includes the Black Sea. Meets at CA House in the winter, and afloat in the summer.

North Sea

Covers the UK, Belgian and Dutch coasts. Meets at East Coast venues to share knowledge on all aspects of cruising the region.

Local / UK Sections


For members who live in Australia and New Zealand and who sail in the Northern Hemisphere.

CA London

CA London events are held at our Limehouse HQ.

East Midlands

Talks are held in various venues in the East Midlands.


Meetings held at Blackwater Sailing Club and mid-week lunches arranged.


Winter talks are held in Maidstone, and joint rallies are organised with Essex and Suffolk sections.


Summer rallies with weekend meets. Winter talks with ‘club’ suppers usually at a Hamble yacht club or marina.

South West

For members living in or cruising the areas from Portland Bill to the Isles of Scilly and along the north coast of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to Bristol.


Joint meetings are arranged with the Royal Harwich Yacht Club at Woolverstone.

Thames Valley

Winter talks are held at the Upper Thames Sailing Club in Bourne End near Marlow.


Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.

West Midlands

Year round events held at Severn Motor Yacht Club, also winter meetings held at Ashwood Social Club Kingswinford.

Forthcoming Section Events

Non-members are welcome to attend

Heavy Weather Sailing with Noel Dilly
Date: 18/01/2020

Noel Dilly has been cruising for over 70 years. He now sails Whisper, a Rustler 36, with his wife Sandie. He will give us some salutary experiences of heavy weather sailing and some good...

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Baltic Section Party
Date: 19/01/2020

Baltic Party - Sunday 19th January 2020  12 noon at CA House Baltic Section’s famous annual event.  Prior booking direct to Baltic Section (not via CA House).  Forms have been...

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Around the Atlantic in a Year
Date: 21/01/2020

Richard is a Yachtmaster with over 40 years’ experience of yachting on the south coast of England in the Solent, the West Country, Channel Islands and the North coast of France as well as yacht...

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Near and Far evening.
Date: 21/01/2020

Tuesday 21st. January 2020. Wessex members have the opportunity to share last season's cruises, or their future plans.  

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Cruising The West Coast of Scotland
Date: 25/01/2020

The area between the 120 mile run of the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland is scenic, largely sheltered from ocean swell and provides varied and rewarding cruising. The nature of Cruising...

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Channel Section Seminar - 2020
Date: 01/02/2020

Channel Section Seminar Channel Channel Section Seminar at CA House, London on Saturday 1st February 2020 Sorry, this event is now fully booked Our seminar for 2020 includes a...

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Making Space for Sailing: from Galileo to Galileo, Jeremy Batch
Date: 05/02/2020

Within days of turning his homemade telescopes towards Jupiter, Galileo Galilei made a discovery which would allow James Cook, 160 years later, to fix his position along the coast of Australia to an...

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Cruising Greenland and Iceland with Michael Henderson
Date: 08/02/2020

Michael will give us an insight into what its really like sailing in high latitudes, away from that pesky Mediterranean heat!  A retired marine engineer, he spent 16 years at sea followed...

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Scotland’s North Coast and Northern Isles, Derek Lumb
Date: 12/02/2020

For those living in the bustling South East it is hard to imagine a part of the UK where the population is as sparse as that along the north coast of Scotland. The main West-East route from Durness...

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Med Meeting & Talk
Date: 13/02/2020

A brief Section meeting commencing 18:45, followed by a talk at 19:15. Date: Thursday 13th Feb, 2020 Location: CA House The meeting at CA House will commence at 18:45 with the usual,...

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