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

Plastics and Pollution in Our Oceans: What can we do?
Date: 06/06/2021

As boat owners and sailors we can all see plastic pollution in our seas. So what can we do to help clean it up and stop it happening? This tragedy...

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Channel Rally and Cruise in Company
Date: 03/07/2021

Sat 3rd / Sun 4th July to 13th July This is yet to be confirmed (COVID). As in the past this rally intended for those perhaps doing their first channel crossing as well as those who just...

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Brixham Trawler Pilgrim - CA Charter
Date: 28/07/2021

Sail on board this heritage vessel, one of the last Brixham trawlers afloat. We have secured the Brixham trawler Pilgrim BM45 exclusively for a charter...

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Channel Section - Plymouth Fireworks Rally
Date: 18/08/2021

Wed 18th August to Friday 20th August A rally in Plymouth to view the spectacular British Fireworks Championship. Other "attractions" will include pontoon drinks, dinner and a walk. With the...

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Med Section Summer Party
Date: 21/08/2021

We feel sure Med Section members are looking forward to meeting up once again and our Summer Party will be an ideal opportunity to do so. Places are...

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East Coast August Bank Holiday Rally
Date: 28/08/2021

Another event packed long Bank Holiday weekend for all CA East Coast Sailors, with or without a boat. Suffolk, Essex and Kent CA Members usually attend with a few from further away, and all are...

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