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

Too Much Med
Date: 18/02/2020

Too Much Med Nick Mines   Nick Mines’ talk covers his single handed non-stop (nearly) 1100 mile passage from Nice to Venice last summer. The highs and lows and the telling effects of...

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Caroline Milmo: Sailing with Strangers.
Date: 18/02/2020

Tuesday 18th. February 2020. Caroline Milmo: Sailing with Strangers at Lilliput Sailing Club, 200a Sandbanks Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 8HA. The talk will start at 19.30, although the bar tends to...

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Birds by Barge: Wildlife Watching from Sailing Barge Victor
Date: 19/02/2020

An exciting opportunity to go wildlife watching on a cruise on the scenic River Stour aboard the sailing barge Victor. There will be an wildlife expert aboard to help you enjoy the thousands of birds...

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Stress free navigation, Duncan Wells
Date: 19/02/2020

What is your chart plotter actually telling you? What if you lost GPS signal? From RYA instructor, features writer and author of Stress Free Sailing, Stress Free Navigation starts with the...

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Barges and Bread - Di Murrell
Date: 21/02/2020

Friday February 21 - 1800 Royal Southern YC in Hamble

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Solent Friday February 21 2020 Meeting
Date: 21/02/2020

Friday 21 February 2020 from 18.00 at Royal Southern YC Hamble Friday 21 February 2020 from 18.00 at Royal Southern YC Hamble ‘Barges and Bread’ – Di Murrell From carrying lime products for...

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Not a voyage for Madmen: Falklands and back under sail
Date: 21/02/2020

An amazing story of one couple’s voyage from the Tamar River round Cape Horn and back taking in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, French Guyana and Cuba. John and Sue Chadwick set off in 2016 on a sailing...

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Near and Far
Date: 22/02/2020

Suffolk Section's annual 'Near & Far' evening talks will this year include Pacific Sailing, the Sommen Estuary, the Bristol Channel and Cruise the Ouse (Ely to Bedford). Entries from the...

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West Country and Scilly Isles, Paul Brown
Date: 26/02/2020

The West Country and Isles of Scilly are often described as a hidden paradise in the corner of England, and in this talk Paul will attempt to show why it is such an amazing sailing destination....

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The Baltic Cruise of the Naromis
Date: 04/03/2020

Just a purposeless leisure cruise in the Baltic in August 1939? Or did these four young men with a more experienced skipper plan a reconnaissance of Baltic naval bases, intending to report back to...

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