South West

Welcome to the South West Section

The section covers from Portland Bill to the Isles of Scilly and then north along the coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to Bristol. It is a stunning area to sail offering unspoilt estuaries, rivers and creeks with protected anchorages, some great coastal passages and is the departure point for many planning voyages to France, Spain, The Canaries, The Azores and beyond.

With more than 400 miles of stunning and varied coastline it’s no surprise it is the destination of choice for so many CA members. The area is steeped in nautical history, myths and legends. Whether you seek quiet, peaceful, scenic anchorages or are setting off on an ocean voyage, the South West has it all.

In addition to talks we arrange visits and events which all have a nautical theme and have included a cruise on a traditional Brixham Sailing Trawler, an exclusive private visit to the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and the Met Office in Exeter.


A series of Podcasts which cover a wide range of sailing topics is produced in association with the CA and these will be available here soon. They include harbour guides, sea safety and port guides to Dartmouth, Brixham and the River Dart. The list of titles is growing all the time.

Where We Meet

Our principal base is the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay which is where we hold many of our popular talks. Most talks are followed by a meal, for those who want it, and it’s this social interaction which many find useful and enjoyable. Being able to ‘talk boats’ with like-minded fellow members after a thought provoking presentation is a wonderful way to round off an evening. We are also planning to stage talks in Falmouth, Plymouth and Exeter.


Wherever you sail you can be sure that a CA member has been there and knows the ropes. One of the joys of CA membership is the willingness of fellow members to share their experiences and knowledge. That’s why we have launched SW Net – an online forum putting you in direct contact with every member of the SW Section. "What’s the best tidal strategy for going to the Scillies?", "What’s the best protected anchorage in The Dart?", "Can anyone recommend a good, reliable engineer in Plymouth?" – whatever your request an entry on SWNet will bring virtually instant replies from fellow members.

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 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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