Welcome to the Mediterranean Section
The Mediterranean section is a community of cruising sailors with almost 1500 members. Most members sail in the Mediterranean, but quite a number are still in the planning stage of heading out there. This section is a group of like-minded people who aim to support, help and encourage each other; they do this by keeping in contact electronically and meeting up both in the UK and the Mediterranean – they also hold very good parties!
The Mediterranean Area
The area extends across the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to the Levant and includes the Black Sea.
Over 30 European countries offer cruising possibilities. Some, such as the Netherlands and France, are well known, others much less so. The re-unification of Germany opened up attractive and interesting cruising areas, especially to the north of and around Berlin.
The Rhine- Main-Danube route to the Black Sea by way of Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Romania is open and facilities for pleasure craft are steadily being improved. Further north the Czech Republic is opening up cruising on the Elbe and the Vltava north of Prague.
Where We Meet
Section meetings are held in CA House twice a year, in November and February. We hold an all-day Mediterranean seminar in March at CA House which provides an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences and knowledge. There is usually a Mediterranean party in CA House at the time of the London Boat Show and a summer party somewhere in the UK.
The section tries to hold a rally somewhere in the Mediterranean every couple of years and also organises ‘winter land-based’ rallies. Each year members are asked to provide details of their proposed sailing area so that those in the same areas can meet up and sail together informally, if they wish.
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 postedso 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.
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.
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.
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 Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole.
Year round events held at Severn Motor Yacht Club, also winter meetings held at Ashwood Social Club Kingswinford.