Thames Valley

Welcome to the Thames valley Section

Formed in the Spring of 2010 to meet the needs of CA members living in the Thames Valley area. Despite the name, the Thames Valley Section is not just about river cruising. Many of our members have their yachts around the UK coast or abroad and we hope that their diverse areas of interest are reflected in the talks held at the Upper Thames Sailing Club. All CA members and guests are very welcome to our meetings.

The Thames Valley Area

The Thames Valley Section was set up for members living within a 40-mile radius of Marlow so that they could meet with other CA members and their guests to exchange ideas and have talks on a wide range of sailing topics. Many of our members have their yachts around the UK coast or abroad and we hold a variety of meetings often with invited speakers to talk on subjects of interest to cruising people, as well as meetings to provide opportunities for members to meet and interact to exchange experiences and gain knowledge.

Where We Meet

At this time all future events are on hold for the Thames Valley Section. This is due to Covid having impacted on the facilities where previous events have been held.

Talks are held on a Tuesday evening and start at 8pm and the Bar opens from 7.15pm.

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, David and Janet Kench at or
CA staff at or +44 (0) 207 537 2828.. You can follow the Thames Valley Section on Twitter here (

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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