Join the CA Community - afloat & ashore

Check out the Sections below to find a Cruising Association group near you, check out the events they’re running and find their contact details.

'Cruising Sections’ cover sea areas whilst ‘Local Sections’ are UK-based. There’s also an Antipodean Section for members ‘down under’.

When you join consider signing up to at least two Sections, one near home and another where you want to cruise. You can join as many Sections as you like – it’s FREE - and there are opportunities to get involved in events and discussions most relevant to you and your cruising.

Cruising Sections use dedicated online forums to exchange information. As a CA member you can access any forum at any time, whether you’re a Section member or not. You can even set up automatic forwarding of posts from any forum and the ‘cruising mode’ helps you control receipt of emails when airtime might be expensive or bandwidths restricted.

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.

Forthcoming Section Events

Non-members are welcome to attend

Still Mad About the Isles, Chris Adams
Date: 09/02/2022

After more than 30 years sailing the Scottish islands Chris is as entranced by them as ever. Camera always at the ready, his blog - which won the 2020 Lacy Trophy - celebrates this...

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Winter Warmer Talk - HMS Bellerophon by Des Crampton
Date: 10/02/2022

HMS Bellerophon nicknamed ‘Billy Ruffian’ by her crew, was a 74-gun ship of the line launched at Frindsbury on the River Medway in October 1786, just three years before the start of the French...

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Baltic Seminar postponed to Friday 1st April
Date: 12/02/2022

  The Baltic Seminar has been postponed due to concerns with Covid-19.  The new date is Friday 1st April - which see.

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Tides and What the Cruising Sailor Needs to Know Part 2, Penny Haire
Date: 16/02/2022

                        Penny delivers the second half of her fascinating talk on tides, including modern tidal prediction and models. There have been a lot of developments in this space since...

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An Artistic Exploration of Antarctica by Paul Rodhouse
Date: 17/02/2022

Biological Oceanographer and artist Paul Rodhouse has spent his life working for British Antarctic Survey. He will introduce us to the art from the Antarctic expeditions from James Cook’s time to the...

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The Vendée Globe Journey, by Pip Hare
Date: 23/02/2022

Having sailed round the world, non-stop, alone, as part of the 2020-21 Vendée Globe race, Pip Hare took her place in history as only the 8th woman ever to finish the race. She...

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Harbour Master sailing challenge, Mark Ashley Miller
Date: 02/03/2022

Starting out from Dartmouth in March 2019 in his 34ft boat Good Dog, Mark is attempting to visit every Harbour Master in the UK. So far, he has sailed 5,300 nautical miles, visited...

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The East Coast and Caledonian Canal ‐ Mark Ashley Miller
Date: 03/03/2022

Although this talk covers an area outside the Celtic Area, the North Sea section is dormant and many Celtic Sailors come and/or go via the East Coast and Caledonian Canal. Mark is slowly...

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Baltic Section Virtual Information Session - The Swedish Lifeboat Service and sailing Lake Mälaren
Date: 05/03/2022

Virtual Information Session - The Swedish Lifeboat Service and sailing Lake Mälaren. Saturday 5th March 2022 1430 to 1630 via Zoom   CA member Anders Räntilä is a volunteer with...

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Near & Far and Photo Competition
Date: 05/03/2022

Each year the topics covered at this popular event include anything which will inform and entertain with a nautical flavour. If you have a story to tell in just 20 minutes please contact the Suffolk...

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