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Welcome to the Biscay Section

The Biscay Section is a growing community of cruising sailors who sail or plan to sail in the area of Biscay. They help each other by exchanging information and sharing our experiences.

The Biscay Area

The Biscay section covers the waters from Ushant to Gibraltar; an area that includes some of the most stunning cruising grounds in Europe and is easily accessible to UK-based boat owners. The varied and splendid scenery of the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain and Portugal are a delight – there are rivers and islands to explore as well as the renowned Rias, and the opportunity to moor in the centre of historic cities. The cuisines of this area are among the best in Europe.

Where We Meet

Each year we host two seminars in the non-cruising season which are normally held at CA House, Limehouse, London, during which members can share their experiences; they are valuable sources of information for those who are preparing to cruise in our region. We may have to modify these arrangements to enable electronic attendance. In 2021, while it was not possible for members to cruise in Biscay Waters, we held a series of informal Zoom meetings where information was exchanged regarding restrictions in France and Iberia.

Being part of our Section

There are two Boat-Watch schemes linked to the Section both for ports on the River Vilaine. We also keep in touch during the sailing season using BiscayNet to share recent information, help each other in times of need, or to make social arrangements.

Members of the section receive e-newsletters and section pages on the members' website are updated when new information is added, or new cruising reports have been posted. We also provide background information to cruising in the area. While away cruising, many of the section's members use the BiscayNet forum to ask questions and exchange information. The experiences of Biscay Section members provide a wealth of information for the benefit of others.

Forthcoming Events

There are no forthcoming events currently scheduled. From the autumn through to the spring, most Local Sections hold talks and social gatherings at local sailing clubs, pubs or other venues. Our Cruising Sections hold specialist seminars and talks at CA House during this period as well as some rallies and cruises in company during the summer sailing season.

To see all seminars and lectures see here, or the calendar of all events see here.

Interested in Finding out More?

Please contact the Section Secretary at biscay@theca.org.uk or
CA staff at office@theca.org.uk or +44 (0) 207 537 2828.

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.

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