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

Defending the Swale by Adam Taylor
Date: 10/11/2022

  Thursday 10th November 2022 at 20:00. Venue- The Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham. Adam will take us on a journey through time as we discover the known and the lesser-known defences of the...

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Winter talk: Stress Free Sailing Part 2, with Duncan Wells
Date: 15/11/2022

Winter talk: Stress Free Sailing Part 2, with Duncan Wells 19:30 at Lilliput Sailing Club, 200a Sandbanks Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 8HA

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Bird watching from the deck of Thames Sailing Barge Victor
Date: 19/11/2022

Join us for a bird watching cruise on board the Thames Sailing Barge Victor along Suffolk's peaceful Orwell and Stour Rivers. Guide: Bird and wildlife expert Mark Nowers will be our guide....

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All about the East Coast Guides for Sailors by editor Garth Cooper
Date: 19/11/2022

Hear the latest about the East Coast Pilot, North Sea Passages, Roger Gaspar’s Crossing the Thames Estuary, and Explore with Imray. Date and Time: Saturday 19th November 2022, Doors open at 18:00...

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The River Deben, its history and its people, by Robert Simper
Date: 08/12/2022

Sailing on as many traditional types of boats as possible with endless travelling and research have made Robert Simper the authority on the history of the East Coast rivers, the people, and the boats...

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The work of the Living River Foundation by Tanya Ferry
Date: 08/12/2022

  Thursday 8th December 2022 at 20:00. Venue- The Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham. The Foundation is working to reconnect communities with estuaries. The estuaries are improving despite their...

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The British Divers Marine Life Rescue Group by Jo Collins
Date: 17/12/2022

Marine mammals and other species in need of help are provided assistance by BDMLRG and Jo and her team will tell us how they achieve this in Suffolk with some tips on how we can help. Date and...

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Felixstowe Docks, History and Operations by Simon Mullett
Date: 14/01/2023

Britain’s biggest and busiest container port handles around two thousand ship movements a year including the world’s largest container ships. Many East Coast sailors will have passed through...

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Marine Water Colour Painting in Retirement by Surinder Beerh
Date: 26/01/2023

Never having painted until ten years ago, Surinder is now an acclaimed artist producing wonderful paintings of boats and seascapes. Date and Time: Thursday 26th January 2023, Doors open at 11:00...

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Channel Section Seminar 2023
Date: 28/01/2023

The Annual Channel Section Seminar CA House, Limehouse, London starting at 0930 (tbc) Agenda to be announced  

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