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.


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 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

British Firework Championship Meet-Up
Date: 17/08/2022

17/18 August 2022 in Plymouth Following the successful mini-rally held in Plymouth last year we are holding a "meet-up" at this years event. One of the unforeseen consequences of Covid is the...

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CA London Club Supper
Date: 17/08/2022

Hoping that summer is in full swing, our August CA London Club Supper should allow us to enjoy the atmosphere out on the terrace at CA House and a chance to chat with...

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Med Section Summer Party
Date: 20/08/2022

The annual Med Section summer party has now been planned and we hope many of you will join us for this always jolly and convivial event. You'll be asked...

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CA London Club Supper
Date: 07/09/2022

Come along to the last of this summer's CA London Club Suppers offers the opportunity to chat with friends over a meal and a few drinks. These events...

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Cream Tea with the Queen
Date: 08/09/2022

  Thursday 8th September 2022 meeting at Gillingham Pier at 14:00 An opportunity to visit the historic paddle steamer Medway Queen at Gillingham Pier. The Medway Queen was launched in 1924...

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Single handed in the North Atlantic, Kass Schmitt
Date: 05/10/2022

Kass Schmitt is a solo sailor whose dream is to be the first American woman to complete the OSTAR, the original single-handed trans-Atlantic race which, back in the 1960's...

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Going boldly: across, beneath and beyond the ocean by Jeremy Batch
Date: 13/10/2022

Thursday 13th October 2022 at 20:00. Venue - The Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham, Kent What sort of lifejackets did the ancient Egyptians wear, and what did the Inuit carry on the back of their kayaks...

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The Changing Suffolk Coastline by Peter Wain
Date: 15/10/2022

The constant battle between man and nature continues. Our predecessors built dykes and reclaimed land to prevent flooding but winter storms often quickly reshape the coastline. Date and Time:...

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Winter Talk: The work of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Date: 18/10/2022

Winter Talk: The work of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency We always try to have at least one talk in our winter programmes from someone who earns their crust either working on the water or in a...

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The Impact of Medieval settlements in East Anglia by Professor Mark Bailey
Date: 27/10/2022

Dunwich has gone, Orford Ness is going, learn how settlements have changed the East Anglian coast over the centuries. Professor Bailey is currently the president of the Suffolk Institute of...

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