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Welcome to the Mediterranean Section

The Mediterranean section is a community of cruising sailors with over 2,200 members. Most members sail in the Mediterranean, but quite a number are still in the planning stage of heading out there. We are a group of people who aim to support, help and encourage each other; we do this by keeping in contact electronically and meeting up both in the UK and the Mediterranean. We also hold very good parties!!

The Mediterranean Area

The area extends across the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to the Levant and includes the Black Sea.

Where We Meet

In the UK Section meetings and talks are held in CA House twice a year, in November and February. We hold a Mediterranean Seminar in March at CA House. There is a Mediterranean Section party in CA House in January and a Summer Party held somewhere in the UK in August.

The Section aims to hold a rally somewhere in the Mediterranean every couple of years and has organised winter 'land-based' rallies, typically in early April with past rallies being held in Istanbul, Tunisia, Cappadocia in central Turkey, famous for its 'fairy chimneys', Iceland (yes, we know that Iceland is not in the Med!!), Malta and Barcelona and Catalonia.

We also try to organise a Cruise-in-Company each year somewhere in the Mediterranean as well as numerous local 'get-togethers'. The local events are informal meets over dinner and a few drinks, often impromptu and organised via our very active forum, and have been very successful, occasionally with over 40 members attending.

Being part of our Section

The section communicates with its members electronically where possible and makes strenuous efforts to keep information up-to-date.

MedNet is an interactive email network on which you can post questions and share information. Topics covered are wide ranging from queries about gear, boat maintenance and repair professionals to friendly restaurants and best anchorages. One of the many outstanding features of this system is that members, who cannot or don’t want to receive e-mail, can switch it off but all the messages they have missed can be viewed at a later date via the internet on the MedNet forum.

The section maintains its own Mediterranean-focused pages within the CA's website and section members are alerted when information is posted so that they can download when convenient.

There are also other sources of information; 1) Annual updates of the pilot books which cover the Mediterranean, 2) Lay-up information. 3) Regular newsletters.

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 Cruising 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, Peggie Manton and Keith Pettican at med@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.


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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