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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

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

Meredith Scanlon 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...

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Celtic Seminar 1 - An Introduction to Cruising the South and West Coasts of Ireland - Norman Kean
Date: 21/01/2021

Norman Kean, Editor of the Irish Cruising Club Sailing Directions and frequent contributor to YM will take you on a journey along the coast line he knows and loves   -   ...

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Celtic Seminar 2 - An Introduction to Cruising the East and North Coasts of Ireland - Norman Kean
Date: 28/01/2021

Norman Kean, Editor of the Irish Cruising Club Sailing Directions and frequent contributor to YM will take you on a journey along the coast line he knows and loves   -  from Tuskar...

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Meet our HLRs Part 2
Date: 29/01/2021

Meet our HLRs Part 2 An opportunity to meet and ask questions of some of our Baltic HLRs.  There will be four involved in this session each from a different part of the Baltic...

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Channel Anchorages & Anchoring - UK South Coast
Date: 30/01/2021

In this online seminar five CA Channel Section members will give a quick run down on their anchoring equipment and methods; describe some places where each of them have anchored; and share a '...

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Revolution at Limehouse: The Power of Water, Jeremy Batch
Date: 03/02/2021

What connects Limehouse Marina, Tower Bridge, the USS Enterprise and a National Trust property in Northumberland? All made use of hydraulic machinery first conceived by...

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Panama Canal and West by Ivan Chevous
Date: 04/02/2021

A leisurely cruise to and around Central America, what better way to spend the last six years? Ivan and Jane Chevous, presently in Spain on their return journey home, cannot wait to tell us all about...

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Celtic Seminar 3 - An Introduction to Cruising the West Coast of Scotland from the Mullof Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point - Derek Lumb
Date: 04/02/2021

Derek Lumb, Celtic Section Secretary and long term west coast sailor will explore the southern most cruising area of Scotland's West Coast. Whether you venture from the Clyde or from the South...

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Anchorages - French Channel Coast
Date: 06/02/2021

In this online seminar CA Channel Section members will describe some places where each of them have anchored along the French Channel coast. It will conclude with Q&A session. A web...

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Around Britain and beyond with my dog, Martin Whitfield
Date: 10/02/2021

A British circumnavigation is on many sailors’ wish lists. Martin planned a four month voyage, which meant the dog had to come too. No problem, as Buzz, Martin’s most...

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