Welcome to the Kent Section

The Cruising Association Kent Section arranges a series of winter talks on the second Thursday of the month from October to March inclusive with the option to enjoy a meal beforehand. Kent Section members are also welcome to attend Suffolk and Essex Section rallies as part of the East Coast activities of the CA.

Where We Meet

Our winter evening talks take place on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham, Kent ME17 2PG. Meetings begin at 7pm, for those that would like to eat beforehand, with talks beginning at 8pm.

Due to having to limit numbers attend the talks to 40, pre-booking is required. Details can be found on the page for each event from the list of events below.

Forthcoming Events

Marine mammals and their interactions with sailing vessels by Claire Pasquier Olcott RVN
Date: 14/12/2023

Claire will talk about the origins of marine mammals and some of their characteristics and habits, both  near our shores and further afield. This informative presentation will discuss the...

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The new Dover Marina by Chris Windsor and Team
Date: 11/01/2024

The Marina Manager Chris will give us an overview of the new outer marina which opened to sailors in April 2023. He will gives us the background to the development and update us about the re-opening...

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The Golden Globe Race by Tim Bishop
Date: 08/02/2024

The story of how this race was re-created for the modern era on its fiftieth anniversary, the struggles, the highs and lows, and above all the bravery of the skippers, who shared the dream of...

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An update from the East Coast Pilot by Dick Holness
Date: 14/03/2024

The East Coast Pilot has become the bible for cruising sailors in the waters from Great Yarmouth to Ramsgate.   Over the years Dick and co-author Garth Cooper have constantly monitored the...

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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, David & Sue Long 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.


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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