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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

CANCELLED Baltic Social Evening
Date: 03/12/2021

  Baltic Social Evening.  Friday 3rd December. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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Antipodean Lunch (NSW)
Date: 05/12/2021

Members living in, or visiting, NSW are welcome to join the Antipodean Section for lunch at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Date: Sunday 5 December 2021 Time: 12:00 Place: Royal Sydney...

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Tides: what the cruising sailor needs to know, by Penny Haire
Date: 08/12/2021

Our annual joint event with the Royal Institute of Navigation will be by webinar as our speaker is in Australia, but we will be broadcasting from CA House. Come and join...

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Winter Warmer Talk - May the Forts be with you! The story of the Maunsell Sea Forts by Margaret Flo McEwan
Date: 09/12/2021

Margaret Flo McEwan is the Founder of the Maunsell Sea Forts Appreciation Group. These incredible structures were built under the instruction of engineer, Guy Maunsell, at the request of...

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Antipodean Lunch (Queensland)
Date: 13/12/2021

Members living in, or visiting, Queensland are welcome to join the Antipodean Section for a festive Christmas lunch at the Royal Queensland Yacht Club. Date: Saturday 13 December 2021 Time: 12:...

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CA carol service and supper
Date: 15/12/2021

Traditional carol service at St Anne’s Limehouse, followed by an informal Christmas supper at CA House. Due to rising Covid cases, we are requesting...

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A Teenagers' Cruise Around Britain by Issy Taylor-Jones, Simon Brown and Peter Russell
Date: 18/12/2021

The summer of 2020 did not seem like a year to have wild adventures, it was a year of staycations and Covid claps, Captain Tom and his hundred laps. Wrabness picnics, and weekends in Walton had...

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A Short History of Yachting in the Mediterranean by Rod Heikell
Date: 08/01/2022

From the royal yachts of the pharaohs and the Victorians and Americans cruising in their pleasure palaces, to the explosion of yachting in the 20th century, Rod will take us on a fascinating...

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Baltic Party
Date: 09/01/2022

Baltic Party.  Sunday 9th January 2022.   At CA House.  12 noon to approx. 1600. A welcome return of this popular event which provides an opportunity to meet up again with...

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Anchorages of the Channel Islands - Jersey
Date: 11/01/2022

Anchorages of the Channel Islands - Jersey Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 7pm A CA webinar from the Channel Section The Channel Islands are each great destinations as well as useful passage...

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