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

Baltic

Covers the Baltic Sea, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Faroes. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring.

Biscay

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.

Celtic

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.

Channel

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.

Mediterranean

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

Antipodean

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.

Essex

Meetings held at Blackwater Sailing Club and mid-week lunches arranged.

Kent

Winter talks are held in Maidstone, and joint rallies are organised with Essex and Suffolk sections.

Solent

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.

Suffolk

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.

Wessex

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

Channel Rally Meet Up 2020 - Cancelled
Date: 12/08/2020

Channel Section Rally Meet Up in Plymouth - Cancelled 12-14th August Our 2020 Meet Up is focussed on viewing the spectacular British Fireworks Championships in this super sea port and...

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Maritime Sayings by Terry Corner
Date: 15/10/2020

Cruise Ship Lecturer and former Commodore of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Terry Corner, will entertain and educate us with stories of the origins of phrases that are commonplace in our language...

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Waves, Wheels & Sparks by Jeremy Batch
Date: 31/10/2020

Sailing into the Electronic Age, another Illustrated Talk by this lively presenter who will take us on a journey from Ancient Egypt via: magnets, compasses, batteries and dynamos; electric motors,...

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How the Anglo-Saxons crossed the North Sea by Paul Constantine
Date: 07/11/2020

It is in the Longshed in Woodbridge that a team of dedicated volunteers and experts are working on the Sutton Hoo Replica Project. Paul Constantine, a researcher on Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian ships...

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The Jubilee Sailing Trust
Date: 19/11/2020

Sailing on Tall Ships, where the able and less able are treated equally; The Jubilee Sailing Trust has a unique mission: to give people of mixed abilities and circumstances the freedom to explore...

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Norway Information Day
Date: 21/11/2020

  Learn all about the practicalities of cruising in Norway - and view some of the spectacular scenery. Saturday 21st November 2020.  1100 to approx 1530.  CA House. Baltic...

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Social Evening and Rallies' Reunion
Date: 04/12/2020

Friendly social gathering with an opportunity to meet fellow Baltic sailors.   Friday 4th December 2020.  1900.  CA House   Further details to be posted later....

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Fastnet '79 - A Lesson from the Past by Imre Vadasz
Date: 05/12/2020

A first hand account of one man's fight to survive during the notorious 1979 Fastnet storm should be of interest to all who venture offshore, cruising or racing. The 1979 Fastnet Race proved a...

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Unmanned Ships by Professor Andy Norris
Date: 09/01/2021

Are ships with no crew a danger to yachtsmen? Come and find out more about the changing world of shipping. Andy Norris is a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He will give us a talk...

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Surveying Harwich Harbour by Meredith Scanlon
Date: 21/01/2021

Meredith will tell us how they have surveyed the sea floor beneath our familiar sailing waters; and how the survey methods have changed in our lifetime. She is the Surveyor for Harwich Harbour...

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