Welcome to the Celtic Section

The Celtic section was launched in October 2013. Section members who sail in our waters come from all over the UK and Ireland and also continental Europe.

The Celtic Section Area

This section stretches from Land’s End to Cape Wrath. With the new century, there has been an large growth in facilities for the cruising yacht. Many new pontoon berth have been provided, particularly in N Ireland and the W Highlands, and accessibility to many of the tidal harbours has been greatly improved.

In addition to rounding Land’s End you can access the northern end by going through the Caledonian Canal. This is a holiday in itself, made easier by the helpfulness of the lock and bridge keepers - a real joy to experience. As a result, there are many boats from Norway, Germany, The Netherlands and France, so there’s no excuse for Southerners not to make the trip.

Although the weather comes from the Atlantic, there is sunshine nearly every day and you can also watch the rain dumping on the mountains to the east. Watch the climbers on Snowdon getting wet from the sunny shore at Abersoch. And then there is Ireland, which has its own Cruising Association, a close associate, and a whole new world of wonderful destinations. Visit Dingle, and you will be smitten, visit Dublin and you will want to go back.

Being part of our Section

Joining the Blue Water section will give you contact with others who have ‘been there-done that’ giving you access to first-hand experiences. Sail in company with other members in your area (if you want to), use our worldwide discounts and get local help from our representatives abroad.

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, Derek Lumb, at celtic@theca.org.uk or
CA staff at office@theca.org.uk or +44 (0) 20 7537 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.


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.

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