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 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

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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Sails and Rigging
Date: 24/10/2019

Get tips on the best sail shape & materials from John Parker, founder of the international company now known as OneSails, who provide sails to yachts all over the world. His experience and...

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Seminar: Cruising the English Channel
Date: 29/10/2019

Sailors who don’t keep their boats in the ports of the English Channel, for example those on the East Coast of England, may never even have considered the Channel as offering rich cruising grounds;...

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Sail Trim for Cruisers, Rob Gibson
Date: 30/10/2019

Rob Gibson, author of the RYA SailTrim Handbook for Cruisers, will pass on his huge experience in racing, cruising and sail training. Whether it’s thrashing across an ocean or a day-sail to a country...

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Winter Cruising in the Warm, Trevor Pratt
Date: 06/11/2019

The winters in UK can be cold, damp and downright miserable, so if you want to be warm and are missing sailing what do you do? Go south was Trevor’s conclusion. Tahiti and its islands sounded nice...

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Visit to the Bank of England, Past and Present
Date: 07/11/2019

The Bank's headquarters have been in London's main financial district, the City of London, on Threadneedle Street, since 1734. It is sometimes known as The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, a name...

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The Wooden World
Date: 12/11/2019

              The 18th century was the golden age of sail, stretching from the scourge of Caribbean pirates to the triumph of the Royal...

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High latitude destinations, Jimmy Cornell
Date: 13/11/2019

With tropical destinations being increasingly affected by the consequences of climate change, many sailors are now looking for alternative cruising destinations in less frequented areas of the world...

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Med Meeting & Talk - "Greece - the highs, lows and everything in between"
Date: 14/11/2019

A brief Section meeting followed by a talk. The meeting at CA House will commence at 18:45 with the usual, very brief, Section meeting to update on latest news etc, followed at 19:15 by a...

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The Life and Times of a Medway Pilot
Date: 14/11/2019

David Lloyd will reminisce about his life and times as a pilot, picking up ships off of Ramsgate and advising the master of a safe route to the Medway. David's "home port" was Sheerness but other...

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