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

Med Section Summer Party
Date: 03/08/2024

Our annual and ever popular Section Summer Party is a great opportunity to meet CA friends and make new ones, share your experiences from the season to date and plans for...

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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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CA London club supper
Date: 14/08/2024

Come along to CA House to enjoy the conviviality of the CA London Club Supper, a chance to meet CA friends and share a meal and a drink or two. Just...

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CA London club supper
Date: 11/09/2024

Come along to CA House to enjoy the conviviality of the CA London Club Supper, a chance to meet CA friends and share a meal and a drink or two. Just book your place, preferably...

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An update from the East Coast Pilot by Dick Holness
Date: 10/10/2024

Our Winter Warmer meetings for 2024/5 start on Thursday 10th October at 20.00. Our first talk is by Dick Holness when he will be updating us on the navigation and sailing in these waters....

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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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Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s shipwreck and his impact on longitude by Cathy Shelbourne
Date: 12/10/2024

His achievements were as impressive as his name. Sir Cloudesley was the greatest admiral in Stuart times. But his ignominious end, shipwrecked on the shores of the Scilly Isles, led to the...

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Bird Watching from the deck of Thames Sailing Barge Victor on the rivers Orwell and Stour
Date: 19/10/2024

Join us for a bird watching cruise on board the Thames Sailing Barge Victor along Suffolk's peaceful Orwell and Stour Rivers. Date: Saturday 19th October 2024 at 09:30. Victor will return to RHYC...

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The Maiden Voyage of H.M. Fort Rough Towers by Bob Crawley
Date: 24/10/2024

The story of the floating and sinking into position of our local seamark "Rough Towers". Date and Time: Thursday 24th October 2024, Doors open at 11:00, Talk at 11:30, Lunch at 13:00. Venue:...

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Swinging, Spinning and Wobbling: pendulums, gyroscopes and Inertial Navigation by Jeremy Batch
Date: 14/11/2024

On Thursday 14th November 2024 at 20.00 there is another opportunity to hear a talk by our own Jeremy Batch. Our world is round (sort-of) and takes 24 hours (almost) to revolve. The roundness was...

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