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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.


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

North with Narnia, June Berridge
Date: 03/03/2021

June recounts her experience of cruising the West Coast of Scotland on board Narnia, a Najad 441 which she was invited to join via the CA Crewing Service by owner and...

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Sweden Virtual Information Session
Date: 06/03/2021

  Saturday 6th March 2021.  1430 to approx 1630.  Sweden Virtual Information Session.  On this day you can learn all about the practicalities of cruising in Sweden -...

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Admiral John Byng by David Davies
Date: 06/03/2021

Convicted of "failing to do his utmost", Byng was executed on board the Monarch in March 1757; David Davies returns to Royal Harwich to regale us with one of his historical tales and we will learn...

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Cruising the European Ring: through five countries in 90 days, Andy Mulholland
Date: 10/03/2021

2021 is the first year that non-EU (including British) CA members will find their cruising in Europe restricted to just 90 days. How ambitious can a 90 day cruise be? In...

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Crossing Biscay, A Virtual Seminar
Date: 13/03/2021

Passage-making from the UK to the Mediterranean, or crossing the Atlantic, usually means crossing the Bay of Biscay. This is where the adventure begins. The seminar will consist of two webinars with...

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From Greece to Wales despite Covid, Tim Herbert-Smith
Date: 17/03/2021

In summer 2020 during a brief respite from lockdowns, Tim helped deliver an Ovni 395 from the Aegean to Milford Haven. His talk is an account of crossing an untypically...

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Adventures and misadventures: tales of Sofia's circumnavigation, by Jonathan and Anne Lloyd
Date: 24/03/2021

Completing a circumnavigation had been a long held ambition for Anne and Jonathan Lloyd for many years. In June 2014 they embarked on this venture in their Malo 42 - Sofia...

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The Antarctic by Owen Evans
Date: 25/03/2021

As Second Officer with the British Antarctic Survey, Owen spent time visiting both polar regions when his particular role was as Navigation Officer; this must have presented unusual challenges. He is...

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The Thames Estuary, Rob Smith
Date: 31/03/2021

London has always relied upon the Thames Estuary, but the place is a mystery even for many Londoners. Rob’s talk starts in East London and follows the river to the sea....

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East Coast Spring Rally
Date: 01/05/2021

Another exciting long Bank Holiday weekend for all CA East Coast Sailors to join. Essex and Kent CA Members usually join us with a few from further away and all are most welcome. Activities: There...

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