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. Annual seminar and lunch each 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.


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


Kent Section's 'Winter Warmers', talks by a variety of speakers, will be held via Zoom for the forseeable future.


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 in partnership with the Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA) at Colston Hall at The Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross.


Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.

Forthcoming Section Events

Non-members are welcome to attend

Fitting out supper
Date: 27/04/2024

We are holding our Fitting out supper at The Creek, Haslar Marina for a two course dinner on Saturday night at 7pm. Please would members attending in their boat reserve a place at either Haslar...

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Blue Water Spring Seminar
Date: 28/04/2024

The annual Blue Water Seminar includes two informative talks and the opportunity to meet fellow blue water sailors, share ideas, plans and tales of adventures...

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East Coast Bank Holiday Rally - Booking Open
Date: 04/05/2024

Another event-packed Bank Holiday weekend for all CA East Coast Sailors. Suffolk, Essex and Kent CA Members usually attend with a few from further away, and all are most welcome.  Activities...

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Biscay Fitting out dinner - Arzal
Date: 18/05/2024

The very popular Biscay Section's Annual Fitting Out Supper is being held on the evening of May 18th at the Cale Sèche restaurant within the Arzal Marina complex. It's a great event and the perfect...

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Baltic Rally - Rugen 2024
Date: 09/06/2024

Baltic Rally - Rugen 2024 in sheltered waters starting in Stralsund and ending in Swinoujscie just over the border in Poland.  An opportunity to meet with like-minded people whilst visiting...

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Biscay Section - Île d'Yeu Rally
Date: 12/06/2024

This years Biscay Section Rally is being held at Île d'Yeu a delighful island off  the coast of the Vendee.  The  Île d'Yeu is renowned for its rugged unspoilt...

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Channel Rally & Cruise-In-Company 2024
Date: 15/06/2024

2024 Cross-Channel Rally/Cruise-in-Company We are please to announce details of the 2024 Channel Section Cross-Channel Rally/Cruise In Company.     • Starting either...

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Plymouth Firework Championship Rally 2024
Date: 13/08/2024

Channel Section: Plymouth Fireworks Championship Rally 13th - 16th August 2024 in Plymouth We are pleased to announce details for this year's Channel Section rally to see the Plymouth...

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Suffolk Event Dates for Winter 2024-25
Date: 12/10/2024

The Suffolk Winter 2024 - 25 Talks start on Saturday 12th October 2024. The dates of all the events are listed below. We shall be meeting at our normal venue, the Royal Harwich Yacht Club on...

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