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.


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


Kent Section's 'Winter Warmers', talks by a variety of speakers, will be held via Zoom for the forseeable future.


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 in partnership with the Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA) at Colston Hall at The Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross.


Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.

Forthcoming Section Events

Non-members are welcome to attend

Wessex Section Christmas Lunch
Date: 03/12/2023

Please join us for Lunch on Sunday 3rd December in the wonderful location of Parkstone Yacht Club. We look forward to a lovely occasion with all our members - whether we've met you several times...

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Sydney Christmas Lunch
Date: 03/12/2023

Come along to our Christmas get-together over lunch with CA friends at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Date: Sunday 3 December 2023 Time: 12:00...

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Southern Ocean Sketchbook, Claudia Myatt
Date: 06/12/2023

Claudia Myatt is a marine illustrator and cartoonist with a passion for sketchbook voyaging. In 2019 she sailed round Cape Horn on a traditional Dutch sailing ship, taking...

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Solent to Svalbard – Bob Hendicott
Date: 06/12/2023

Bob keeps his Rustler 36 in the Solent and had done all the usual sailing trips to Ireland, Spain, round Britain and the Azores. So, he set off for 80 degrees N, reaching Svalbard via Norway and...

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Wessex Section Social Evening and Photo Competition
Date: 12/12/2023

This is our pre- Christmas social evening and the last event of the year.  Come along for some seasonal treats of mince pies and mulled wine and a fun photo competition with some prizes. The bar...

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Solent Christmas Dinner
Date: 14/12/2023

Celebrate the festive season with us over a Christmas Dinner with an enticing choice of menu of 3 mains and desserts. Roast turkey, beef bourguignon or lamb hot pot followed by snowball cheesecake,...

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Marine mammals and their interactions with sailing vessels by Claire Pasquier Olcott RVN
Date: 14/12/2023

Claire will talk about the origins of marine mammals and some of their characteristics and habits, both  near our shores and further afield. This informative presentation will discuss the...

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The new Dover Marina by Chris Windsor and Team
Date: 11/01/2024

The Marina Manager Chris will give us an overview of the new outer marina which opened to sailors in April 2023. He will gives us the background to the development and update us about the re-opening...

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Beginning in Biscay
Date: 13/01/2024

The Biscay coast of France is an excellent cruising ground, with quiet anchorages to explore, lovely islands, beautiful beaches, and the opportunity to moor your boat close to the centre of historic...

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Natural History of Coasts and Estuaries - A Photographic Journey by Liz Cutting
Date: 13/01/2024

Liz has a passion for the outdoors - walking, wildlife watching and especially wildlife photography; living near the Suffolk/Essex border enables her to watch and photograph a variety of nature and...

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