CA London

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.

Forthcoming Events

Sailing in the Fractal Landscapes of the West, Ed Maggs
Date: 20/02/2019

Frances & Ed Maggs are engaged on a very slow circumnavigation of the British Isles in their gaff ketch Betty Alan. The last two summers have seen them in the SW and W of Ireland, and they will...

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World Cruising Seminar with Jimmy and Doina Cornell
Date: 23/02/2019

Back by popular demand, this seminar was first held by Suffolk Section in November. A broad spectrum of topics is on the agenda, starting with an overview of today's global situation covering the...

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Less time? No problem with Brittany! Paul Brown
Date: 27/02/2019

Wondering what to do if you don’t have the luxury of taking many weeks or months off work to go sailing each summer? In one, two or three weeks, there are so many options for fantastic cruising from...

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The World of Albert Strange, Dick Wynne
Date: 06/03/2019

The designer Albert Strange (1855-1917) was a seminal figure in the development of the small cruising yacht, in addition to being an accomplished sailor, marine artist, and writer. He is best known...

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Mediterranean Express, Ken Munn
Date: 13/03/2019

Offered a berth in the South of France for no more than the cost of his Gosport marina fees, Ken Munn decided to move Snowbird to the sun without delay. He planned his voyage for a maximum of three...

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High latitude adventures, Steve Brown
Date: 20/03/2019

Recounting the latest in a series of adventures that began with an east-west transit of the North West Passage in 2014, in this talk Steve Brown will cover two sailing and ski mountaineering...

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Hanson lecture: Slippery Boats, with Nigel Irens
Date: 27/03/2019

Nigel Irens is a leading yacht designer, perhaps best known as creator of the trimaran used by Ellen MacArthur to break the world record for solo circumnavigation in 2005. His portfolio is wide-...

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To see seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here, or to see a calendar of all events see here.

Interested in Finding out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries, Alison and John Hadley, 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.


Covers Northern France from the Belgian border to Normandy and the South Coast of England. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring, and organises summer rallies.

European Inland Waterways

Covers over 30,000 km of navigable rivers and canals passing through over 20 countries. Meets spring and 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 Parkstone Yacht 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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