East Midlands

Welcome to the East Midlands Section

Do you enjoy boating and live or work in the East Midlands? Then welcome to the East Midlands section. Our members keep their boats on the East coast, South coast, in the Mediterranean, Baltic and even further afield. We aim to have two all day meetings between October and March, held in different parts of the region and also encourage smaller, local, social gatherings for members living close to each other.

The East Midlands Area

The East Midlands Section covers the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, parts of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire. If you live in the area, why not join us!

Where We Meet

Because we cover a large geographical area, we organise our meetings at different venues across the area. Kirby Muxloe, just off the M1 near Leicester, and Sharnford easily accessed from the A5 or M69 are in the West of the region and Houghton, just off the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge in the east are some of the venues we have met at and we are always reviewing our meeting places in order to enable as many members as possible to attend. We also have links to two local cruising clubs, New Parks Cruising Association in Leicester and Camsail in Cambridge, where our members are welcome at a series of monthly evening meetings.

Because the area is so spread out, we have found it more productive for the Section to organise one or two weekend all-day meetings each season spread across the area, rather than a series of evening meetings. These meetings typically feature a principal speaker in the morning, a leisurely lunch, followed by shorter talks by members on their cruises or specialist interests.

Being part of our Section

We aim to organise socials, informative meetings and events. Our meetings often include member talks and presentations about their cruising areas. We also arrange discounted training days and courses with a local RYA training centre. As part of the CA, you will have access to the wider boating community, a range of cruising information, reports, guides and a wealth of knowledge.

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 Secretaries, Tony Montgomery-Smith and Ted Wilson at eastmidlands@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.

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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