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

Blue Water Rendezvous (2 Presentations & Lunch)
Date: 01/09/2019

The annual Blue Water Rendezvous at CA House always includes fascinating and informative talks by members with blue water cruising experience and this year is no exception, with talks about...

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CA London club supper
Date: 04/09/2019

CA London club suppers are popular, informal events held monthly throughout the summer.  This will be the last before the autumn lecture season begins in October. Date: Wednesday 4...

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Sept 2019 Rally at Hornet Services SC
Date: 07/09/2019

September 7-8 2019 – Rally at Hornet Services SC in Gosport from 14.00 7/9 to 12.00 8/9 (Please note change of date) As previously announced our September rally will be at Hornet Services SC in...

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Visit to RNLI HQ and Lifeboat Simulator
Date: 20/09/2019

The South West Section is taking to the lifeboats!   This will be a visit to RNLI HQ in Poole, which will include a tour of the College and a chance to take the helm of a lifeboat in...

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Sail a Brixham Trawler
Date: 30/09/2019

The SW Section has secured a day charter of Brixham Trawler Leader which was built in 1892 and is 105 feet LOA. Departing from Brixham at 9am she’ll spend a day at sea returning to Brixham around 4pm...

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Going Dutch, Andy Mulholland
Date: 02/10/2019

Andy is a member of the European Inland Waterways Section and has recently revamped the CA’s Netherlands cruising reports. He was also the prime mover behind the guide to the Standing Mast Routes of...

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Round Britain, Ken Marsden
Date: 09/10/2019

Having at last bought a seaworthy boat, there was no excuse left for not sailing, so Ken went north from the Medway around (most of) the UK, mainly single-handed, visiting ports that hitherto were...

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Michael Henderson: Iceland and Greenland.
Date: 15/10/2019

Hot from a talk at the Scottish Boat Show, Mike Henderson is the man to go to in the CA's Baltic Section to find out about cruising in Iceland and Greenland. In the email he sent me agreeing to do...

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Baltic Cruising, Kuba Szymanski
Date: 16/10/2019

The Baltic seems to many in the UK as a land far, far away. But it is only 350nm to Cuxhaven from Dover. Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia are then...

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Cruising below the Wind, by Charles and Susie Hay
Date: 23/10/2019

Charles and Susie have sailed Smystery, their Jeanneau 45DS, from their base in Phuket around the Andaman Sea, visiting Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and India. In this talk they will explain how they...

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