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 Portsall, the North of the Chenal du Four, to Gibraltar; an area that includes some of the most stunning cruising grounds in Europe and is easily accessible to UK-based boat owners. There are beautiful and tranquil islands, rivers, access to a substantial network of inland waterways and some of the best food in Europe thanks to French and North Spanish cuisine.

Where We Meet

During the non-sailing season, cruising forums are organised at CA House; Biscay Day is held on the last Sunday of the London Boat Show. The talks and presentations given at the forums allow members to share their experiences and are also valuable sources of information for those who are preparing to cruise in the region. During the summer, rallies and other social events are organised.

Being part of our Section

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 BiscayNet to ask questions and exchange information. For those who prefer to do so, all emails posted here may be read at a later date. The experiences of Biscay Section members provide a wealth of information for the benefit of others.

To find out about Biscay sailing please watch the video below.

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 Crusing 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, Judith Grimwade, at or
CA staff at 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.

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.

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