North Sea

Welcome to the North Sea Section

The North Sea is a terrific cruising ground, embracing nearly 800 miles of every type of coastal terrain and many diverse on-shore attractions. The new North Sea section aims to encourage and support cruisers looking to go further, offering a forum to exchange information and share experiences. Section events offer the opportunity to meet other cruisers with similar interests. And there’s no signing up fee!

The North Sea Area

The North Sea section covers the UK waters from Dover up to the Scottish Islands and the continental coast from Dunkerque to the river Elbe. The variety of destinations could hardly be greater, from the quiet Suffolk rivers to the sparsely populated and imposing rocky headlands of Scotland; the sandy coasts of Belgium and Holland, the intricate network of canals and old fishing ports, crowned by the lovely Frisian Islands that stretch into Germany. Plus there are busy and historic ports - London, Edinburgh, Antwerp and Rotterdam.

The North Sea delivers a wide range of cruising experiences, with tides that provide a helpful lift, sandbanks to navigate around, shipping that adds interest to any passage, and all helped by good breezes. Challenges and rewards in equal measure.

Where We Meet

During the non-sailing season, we meet either at CA House or at other popular CA meeting venues along the cruising area. The meetings are a good opportunity to get to know fellow North Sea cruisers and share experiences. They will also include presentations and talks on the different cruising areas and the practical aspects of sailing on the North Sea. Each year the section aims to organise a summer rally involving a crossing in company from the UK to the continental coast.

Being part of our Section

As well as the opportunity to participate in the events, section members receive newsletters by email and maintain the section pages on the members’ website. Section members are alerted when new information is added or when cruising reports have been posted. The extensive experience members have means the online forum is a rich source of information and advice on cruising in the area, whether on tides and navigation, local regulations, marina facilities or simply the best restaurants close to the marina.

Stay in touch with events and important news via the forum. Find useful information on the North Sea facts, news and information page - the source of information for North Sea cruisers and a valuable complement to the Cruising Almanac.

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 Crusing 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 Secretary 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.


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.

East Midlands

Talks are held in various venues in the East Midlands.


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 at the Upper Thames Sailing Club in Bourne End near Marlow.


Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing 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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