Welcome to the London Section
Sharing information and expertise is what the CA is all about and CA London plays its part by organising talks, seminars and social events at our London HQ.
Being part of our Section
If you live or work in London, or even if you are just visiting, we hope you will come along to some of our talks and events. We run popular weekly lectures on Wednesday nights from October to April and hold a monthly club supper in the summer months.
Where We Meet
We meet at CA House, 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, London E14 8BT. Our HQ is home to the CA’s small administrative team, library and information centre and accommodation. Ania, our catering manager, and her team, are always happy to see you in the bar and restaurant, which is open from 6.00pm on week nights (5.30pm on lecture nights), and from mid-day at weekends. Lectures begin at 7pm and finish around 9pm with a break for refreshment. The full programme is published here.
Hanson Lecture, Mike Golding
Mike is one of the few yachtsmen to have raced round the world non-stop in both directions. He will tell the inside story of the rescue of Alex Thomson during the Around...Read more
An Arctic Odyssey with Free Spirit, Dave and Jeanette Hardy
Dave and Jeanette recount the story of three months of fantastic sailing in what arguably must be the most spectacular and committing sailing on mainland Europe. Leaving...Read more
It Shouldn’t Happen to a Cat, Iain and Penny Kidson
Iain and Penny won the Yachting World Family Cruising Trophy in the CA’s log competition for this account of a cruise to the Netherlands with their grandsons. They set...Read more
Shipwrecks of London, Robert Smith
With so many ships visiting London, it is hardly surprising that there have been thousands of shipwrecks in the Thames. This talk tells the story of 12 of those ships,...Read more
The North West Passage, Past, Present and Future, Steve Brown
In 2014 Steve Brown and his 60ft Aero Rigged schooner Novara completed an east to west transit of the NWP before going on to complete a 33,000nm circumnavigation of the...Read more
The Whitbread Round the World Race, John Bartlett
John’s talk covers how the Whitbread was established, an overview of the first race in 1974 and his personal view as a participant in the last Whitbread in 1989-90. The...Read more
Fifty Atlantic Islands, Nick Nottingham
Having long dreamt of taking his own yacht across oceans, in July 2018 Nick Nottingham set off on an Atlantic Circuit which saw him visit 50 islands over a year. He...Read more
A long weekend in the shallow places of the East Coast, James Parnell
James has had a love of East Coast sailing for the last 25 years. Last year James introduced his crew to the shallow waters written about by Maurice Griffiths, author of...Read more
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.
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.
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 events are held at our Limehouse HQ.
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.
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.
Winter talks are held at the Upper Thames Sailing Club in Bourne End near Marlow.
Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.
Year round events held at Severn Motor Yacht Club, also winter meetings held at Ashwood Social Club Kingswinford.