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.


Covers Northern France from the Belgian border to Normandy and the South Coast of England. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring, and organises summer rallies.

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 Parkstone Yacht 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

Moules Vites a dash for South Brittany (and back), by Paul Brown
Date: 19/02/2019

  Moules Vites - a dash for Southern Brittany (and back), by Paul Brown In July 2014 Paul and family cruised the wonderful South Brittany coast as far down as Vannes and the Gulf of...

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Around Ireland Anti-Clockwise: Julian and Alison Cable
Date: 19/02/2019

Tuesday 19th. February at Parkstone Yacht Club: Around Ireland Anti-clockwise: Julian and Alison Cable. No need to book - just turn up! In 2016 Julian and Alison Cable completed an anti-clockwise...

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Sailing in the Fractal Landscapes of the West, Ed Maggs
Date: 20/02/2019

Frances & Ed Maggs are engaged on a very slow circumnavigation of the British Isles in their gaff ketch Betty Alan. The last two summers have seen them in the SW and W of Ireland, and they will...

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'The Big Dig' Development of Levington Marina, Jonathan Dyke
Date: 21/02/2019

Thursday 21st February 2019, Morning Meeting at RHYC Woolverstone 1100 for 1130 talk. Lunch available at the RHYC 1300 Jonathan Dyke, Managing Director of Suffolk Yacht Harbour and a keen...

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World Cruising Seminar with Jimmy and Doina Cornell
Date: 23/02/2019

Back by popular demand, this seminar was first held by Suffolk Section in November. A broad spectrum of topics is on the agenda, starting with an overview of today's global situation covering the...

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Midweek waterfront lunch at the Peldon Rose, CO5 7QJ
Date: 27/02/2019

Meet for lunch and a chat, close to water with atmosphere and conviviality in mind.  The essence is informality. We like to give the publican an idea of numbers but in the past we have...

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Less time? No problem with Brittany! Paul Brown
Date: 27/02/2019

Wondering what to do if you don’t have the luxury of taking many weeks or months off work to go sailing each summer? In one, two or three weeks, there are so many options for fantastic cruising from...

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Med Section Meeting & Talk - CA House
Date: 28/02/2019

Med Section Meeting & Talk Thursday 28 February, 2019 CA House A brief Section meeting followed by a talk. The meeting at CA House will start at 18:45 when we will have the...

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Crewing Meeting, Saturday 2nd March, RHYC Woolverstone
Date: 02/03/2019

Come and see if you can find the perfect companion(s) for your next voyage. Skippers can meet potential Crew face to face, and Crew can assess the skippers before signing on. Join the meeting,...

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Blue Water Talk & Lunch
Date: 03/03/2019

Blue Water Talk & Lunch will be held at CA House, Limehouse on Sunday 3rd March with coffee, tea and biscuits at 10:30.  Fellow members Anne & Michael have agreed to join me as...

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