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. 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

Morning Star Trust
Date: 12/12/2019

Launched in 1978, the 62-foot gaff ketch Morning Star is the oldest purpose-built sail training vessel in the UK and has been based in the Medway for her whole life. Currently operating from Chatham...

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Wessex Christmas Lunch, 13.00 hrs., Saturday 14th. December at Parkstone Yacht Club
Date: 14/12/2019

Wessex Section Christmas Lunch: 13.00 on Saturday 14th. December at Parkstone Yacht Club. If you want to come, please fill in the attached pdf order form and send asap, together with a cheque for...

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The Kattegat Circuit with David Rivett
Date: 14/12/2019

David Rivett tells us of his voyaging around the Kattegat. He and his wife Brenda sail Primetime, their 1994 Contest 40/42S built in Holland, displacing 12 tonnes+ and...

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Robot boat across the Atlantic
Date: 07/01/2020

To mark the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America a state-of-the-art vessel is to attempt the same voyage but with no one on board. Departing from Plymouth UK and docking in Plymouth...

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Med Section Winter Party
Date: 08/01/2020

Wed 8th January 2020  - 19:00 - CA House The Med Section will be holding their winter party on Wednesday 8th January at CA House. We have held a party at this time of the year for over...

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The Shetland Bus, Stephen Howarth
Date: 09/01/2020

Operations were conducted from Lunna House, Shetland by Stephen’s father, Lieutenant Howarth, who ran the Shetland end of the operation. The crews of the Shetland Bus [Shetlandsgjengen] were men of...

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Blue Water Lunch and Talks
Date: 12/01/2020

'Options for Circumnavigators Arriving in Australia' and 'Using Google Earth Images for Marine Navigation' will be the two key talks at the Blue Water Section seminar on 12 January 2020. Both...

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Solent January 2020 Meeting
Date: 17/01/2020

Friday 17 Jan 2020 From 18.00  Royal Southern YC Hamble  Friday January 17 – ‘Away to the Baltic’ CA Members Paul and Camilla Pearse set off from their home mooring on the Beaulieu...

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Heavy Weather Sailing with Noel Dilly
Date: 18/01/2020

Noel Dilly has been cruising for over 70 years. He now sails Whisper, a Rustler 36, with his wife Sandie. He will give us some salutary experiences of heavy weather sailing and some good...

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Baltic Section Party
Date: 19/01/2020

Baltic Party - Sunday 19th January 2020  12 noon at CA House Baltic Section’s famous annual event.  Prior booking direct to Baltic Section (not via CA House).  Forms have been...

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