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.

East Midlands

Talks are held in various venues in the East Midlands.


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 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

CA London Club Supper
Date: 11/08/2021

The August CA London club supper will be held subject to Covid restrictions having been lifted (and not reimposed) and provide an opportunity to meet CA friends over a...

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Kent Section Summer Social
Date: 14/08/2021

  Date: Saturday 14th August 2021 Time: 12.30 to 16.30 Venue: Medway Yacht Club An informal buffet lunch open to members and their guests only. This is a lovely venue with...

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Channel Section - Plymouth Fireworks Rally
Date: 18/08/2021

Wed 18th August to Friday 20th August A rally in Plymouth to view the spectacular British Fireworks Championship. Other "attractions" will include pontoon drinks, dinner and a walk. The...

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Med Section Summer Party
Date: 21/08/2021

We feel sure Med Section members are looking forward to meeting up once again and our Summer Party will be an ideal opportunity to do so. Places are...

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East Coast August Bank Holiday Rally
Date: 28/08/2021

Unfortunately this event has been postponed for 2021 and will now be held in 2022 at our normal time for the East Coast Rally, i.e. over the early May Bank Holiday Weekend, 30th April to 2nd May 2022...

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Saving Lives at Sea - Mark Criddle RNLI
Date: 09/09/2021

Mark is the RNLI’s most decorated coxswain and has been on many dramatic and successful rescues. If you’ve seen 'Saving Lives at Sea' you’ll have an idea of what’s...

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CA London Club Supper
Date: 15/09/2021

The September CA London club supper will be held subject to Covid restrictions having been lifted (and not reimposed) and provide an opportunity to meet CA friends over a...

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Sail trim for cruisers: Chris Jeckells, MD Jeckells the Sailmakers
Date: 14/10/2021

Chris is the fourth generation of this family-run leading sailmaker. It all started back in 18** when his great, great, grandfather discovered he was a better sailor than...

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Winter Warmer Talk - HMS Bellerophon
Date: 14/10/2021

Des Crampton will present the history of HMS Bellerophon, which is best known as the ship that Napoleon surrendered on, thus ending the Napoleonic wars. She was built in Frindsbury Kent and...

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A talk by Duncan Wells: Stress Free Sailing, part two.
Date: 19/10/2021

Duncan Wells is the principal of Westview Sailing School, a features writer in the sailing press, and the author of several books which score four and a half or five stars on Amazon. I've only got...

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