Wessex

Welcome to the Wessex Section

The Wessex Section is fortunate enough to cover the extremely beautiful coastline stretching from Christchurch Bay to Portland Bill.

Some of the best Blue Flag beaches in the UK are at Bournemouth and Sandbanks and the dramatic cliffs along the ‘Jurassic Coast’ are a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

Inland the countryside of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex is varied and unspoilt with heath land and rolling chalk hillsthe home of dairy and sheep farms.

The Wessex Area

Our seafarers’ gateways to the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Wessex offer the opportunity to explore, relax and enjoy such places as:

  • Christchurch, at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon, has a quiet bustle of activity in summer with a very relaxing feel to it.
  • Poole, the 2nd largest natural harbour in the world, is a busy commercial port with cross channel ferry services and is the home of the R.N.L.I. with its very impressive training college. Yet it still offers peaceful anchorages as well as yacht club and marina facilities. From the harbour the River Frome gives access to Wareham, an ancient town situated on the edge of the Purbeck hills, settled by the Vikings and the Romans.
  • Fine weather anchorages along the coast at Warbarrow Bay and Lulworth Cove.
  • Weymouth a working harbour supporting fishing, pleasure boats and a high speed ferry service to the Channel Islands.
  • Portland a deep water commercial port and home of the National Sailing Academy which hosted the 2012 Sailing Olympics and Para Olympics. A bus ride to Portland Bill provides a spectacular view of Chesil Beach stretching 18 miles westward to West Bay; this is also the safest way to witness the power of the sea where the tidal streams converge and crash into the underwater cliffs creating the maelstrom of Portland Race.

The Section aims to serve members keeping their boats in one of the harbours mentioned above, as well as those living locally but based and cruising abroad.

Where We Meet

All members are very welcome to attend meetings, which are held at Parkstone Yacht Club, Pearce Avenue, Poole, BH14 8EH. The programme of events can be seen below.

The bar opens at 6pm and the talks start at 7.30pm. There is adequate parking and guests are welcome.

Forthcoming Events

The Baie de Seine - Stuart King
Date: 21/11/2017

TEMPORARY CHANGE OF VENUE - Tuesday 21st. November - doors open at 19.00 and the talk will start at 19:30. This meeting will be at: Lilliput Sailing Club, 200a Sandbanks Road, Poole,...

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Christmas Lunch
Date: 10/12/2017

Wessex Section Christmas Lunch. The venue where the lunch was booked has not been able to honour the booking, and so close to Christmas, we have not been able to find an alternative venue on a...

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Near and Far
Date: 16/01/2018

Tuesday 16th. January, 19.30 at Parkstone Yacht Club. Near and Far.  Members share their cruising experiences of the previous season, or any other season, for that matter, and plans for the next...

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To see seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here, or to see a calendar of all events see here.

Interested in Finding out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries, Michael Prewett, Christopher Jackson and Nigel Davies at wessex@theca.org.uk or
CA staff at office@theca.org.uk or +44 (0) 207 537 2828..

Cruising Sections

Baltic

Covers the Baltic Sea, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Faroes. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring.

Biscay

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.

Celtic

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.

Channel

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.

Mediterranean

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

Antipodean

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.

Essex

Meetings held at Blackwater Sailing Club and mid-week lunches arranged.

Kent

Winter talks are held in Maidstone, and joint rallies are organised with Essex and Suffolk sections.

Lyme Bay

Talks and walks are organised over the winter.

Solent

Summer rallies with weekend meets. Winter talks with ‘club’ suppers usually at a Hamble yacht club or marina.

South West

Members meets in two locations, one in Plymouth and one in Falmouth.

Suffolk

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.

Wessex

Talks are held at Parkstone Yacht 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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