Welcome to the Wessex Section

Welcome to the Wessex Section. Whilst the ancient Kingdom of Wessex covered a large area, we consider Wessex to be from Southampton Water to the middle of Lyme Bay and inland to Salisbury and Dorchester. The Section aims to serve members living locally, keeping their boats in one of the local harbours, and those who are visiting our coast.

You will find Wessex Section is friendly and relaxed. We meet from autumn through to spring and in the summer we are generally away cruising. We have a series of winter talks, social activities and visits. We don’t charge CA members to attend our talks and any external activities are "at cost".

Our sailing area stretches from Hurst Narrows to Lyme Regis and includes the beautiful World Heritage site of the Jurassic Coast. The main harbours are Christchurch, Poole, Weymouth and Portland. In suitable weather there are anchorages in Chapmans Pool, Warbarrow Bay, Mupe Bay and Lulworth Cove. Studland Bay now has a limited number of mooring buoys and very limited anchoring due to the precious seagrass. With a suitable draft you can explore the backwaters of Poole Harbour as far upstream as Wareham.

Ashore you can visit the RNLI lifeboat college and the All Weather Lifeboat Manufacturing centre in Poole. Portland is the home of the National Sailing Academy and where Team GB won 5 medals in 2012 Olympics.

Where We Meet

Members and prospective members are welcome to our talks, which are normally the third Tuesday of the month from October to March. Please check the events calendar for details.

We meet at Lilliput Sailing Club, 200A Sandbanks Rd, Poole, BH14 8HA. The bar opens at 7pm and the talks start at 7.30pm. There is adequate parking and guests are welcome.

Forthcoming Events

Wessex Section Christmas Lunch
Date: 03/12/2023

Please join us for Lunch on Sunday 3rd December in the wonderful location of Parkstone Yacht Club. We look forward to a lovely occasion with all our members - whether we've met you several times...

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Wessex Section Social Evening and Photo Competition
Date: 12/12/2023

This is our pre- Christmas social evening and the last event of the year.  Come along for some seasonal treats of mince pies and mulled wine and a fun photo competition with some prizes. The bar...

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Near and Far
Date: 16/01/2024

At our annual Near and Far evening, Wessex members will share short talks of their 2023 cruising season. Date and Time: Tuesday 16 January 2024. Bar opens at 1900, presentation commences 1930....

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The Jester Challenge, George Arnison
Date: 20/02/2024

Some say they represent the true Corinthian spirit of sailing others think they are crazy, but the Jester Challenge truly provides challenges to all who participate. Named after Blondie Haslar’s boat...

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Speaker to be confirmed
Date: 19/03/2024

Details and speaker to be confirmed Date and Time: Tuesday 19 March 2024. Bar opens at 1900, presentation commences 1930. Venue: Lilliput Sailing Club, 200a Sandbanks Road, Poole, Dorset BH14...

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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 at wessex@theca.org.uk or
CA staff at office@theca.org.uk 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.


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 in partnership with the Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA) at Colston Hall at The Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross.


Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.

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