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.
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.
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.
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 events are held at our Limehouse HQ.
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.
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.
Winter talks are held at the Upper Thames Sailing Club in Bourne End near Marlow.
Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.
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
North with Narnia, June Berridge
June recounts her experience of cruising the West Coast of Scotland on board Narnia, a Najad 441 which she was invited to join via the CA Crewing Service by owner and...Read more
Sweden Virtual Information Session
Saturday 6th March 2021. 1430 to approx 1630. Sweden Virtual Information Session. On this day you can learn all about the practicalities of cruising in Sweden -...Read more
Admiral John Byng by David Davies
Convicted of "failing to do his utmost", Byng was executed on board the Monarch in March 1757; David Davies returns to Royal Harwich to regale us with one of his historical tales and we will learn...Read more
Cruising the European Ring: through five countries in 90 days, Andy Mulholland
2021 is the first year that non-EU (including British) CA members will find their cruising in Europe restricted to just 90 days. How ambitious can a 90 day cruise be? In...Read more
Crossing Biscay, A Virtual Seminar
Passage-making from the UK to the Mediterranean, or crossing the Atlantic, usually means crossing the Bay of Biscay. This is where the adventure begins. The seminar will consist of two webinars with...Read more
From Greece to Wales despite Covid, Tim Herbert-Smith
In summer 2020 during a brief respite from lockdowns, Tim helped deliver an Ovni 395 from the Aegean to Milford Haven. His talk is an account of crossing an untypically...Read more
Adventures and misadventures: tales of Sofia's circumnavigation, by Jonathan and Anne Lloyd
Completing a circumnavigation had been a long held ambition for Anne and Jonathan Lloyd for many years. In June 2014 they embarked on this venture in their Malo 42 - Sofia...Read more
The Antarctic by Owen Evans
As Second Officer with the British Antarctic Survey, Owen spent time visiting both polar regions when his particular role was as Navigation Officer; this must have presented unusual challenges. He is...Read more
The Thames Estuary, Rob Smith
London has always relied upon the Thames Estuary, but the place is a mystery even for many Londoners. Rob’s talk starts in East London and follows the river to the sea....Read more
East Coast Spring Rally
Another exciting long Bank Holiday weekend for all CA East Coast Sailors to join. Essex and Kent CA Members usually join us with a few from further away and all are most welcome. Activities: There...Read more
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