Lyme Bay

Welcome to the Lyme Bay Section

The Lyme Bay Section of the CA is a small but active group. We recognise Lyme Bay is an area of the English south coast many sailors will pass through, without stopping and many members do not cruise for a great part of their time within the bay.

The Lyme Bay Area

Members mainly live or keep boats towards the west of the bay, principally on the River Exe, River Dart or around Torbay. Members also cruise much more widely and regularly cross the channel to Brittany or head further west to Cornwall, the Scillies or across the Celtic Sea to Ireland and further afield.

A number of members living locally keep their boats in the Mediterranean and have detailed knowledge of the coasts of Biscay and of the Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal, so the breadth of knowledge is quite extensive, as of course is true about the CA in general. Others have considerable knowledge of the European canal systems and the Northern Baltic.

Where We Meet

The section meets locally through the winter, starting around the end of the sailing season with a rally on the River Dart, followed through the winter with a monthly evening meeting usually near Exeter, when there is a regular programme of talks. The winter programme is completed with a visit or outdoor meeting. The section welcomes all to any or all of these meetings and of course guests are welcome.

Forthcoming Events

There are no forthcoming events currently scheduled.

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, Lesley and Peter Young, 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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