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.


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.

Forthcoming Section Events

Non-members are welcome to attend

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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Sailing around the west coast of Scotland and Outer Hebrides by Hilary Henery
Date: 18/01/2024

Further details will be updated when available. Date: Thursday 18 January 2024 Time: 1900 Place: TBC Booking: TBC  

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Cruising in Celtic Waters-All day Seminar
Date: 21/01/2024

The west and north coasts of the British Isles offer some of the finest cruising grounds in the world. The scenery is spectacular, the wildlife abundant and the costs  low by South Coast...

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Cruising to Antarctica by Andy Beharrell
Date: 25/01/2024

Antarctica is one of the driest and windiest places on earth. It is the single biggest mass of ice in the world and can sometimes be up to four miles thick. The continent as a whole contains about 90...

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Baltic Party
Date: 28/01/2024

Baltic Party, Sunday 28th January 2024 CA House 12 noon to approx 16.30   Baltic Section’s famous annual event.   This will be a great opportunity to meet up again with...

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Suffolk Photographic Competition 2024 - Final Call for Entries
Date: 31/01/2024

Calling all Photographers! The time has come to select your best photos of the 2023 sailing season and to enter them in our very popular Suffolk Photo Competition. Last year's winning picture...

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The Golden Globe Race by Tim Bishop
Date: 08/02/2024

The story of how this race was re-created for the modern era on its fiftieth anniversary, the struggles, the highs and lows, and above all the bravery of the skippers, who shared the dream of...

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Baltic Seminar
Date: 10/02/2024

Baltic Seminar.  CA House.  Saturday 10th February 2024.  0930 to approx 1700. An opportunity to find out all you need to know to sail the Baltic – especially aimed at first-time...

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To Scotland with Attitude by Cathy Brown
Date: 10/02/2024

Past editor of Cruising and still a columnist, Cathy will reveal all about her and Richard's trip through the Caledonian Canal to the Western Isles, their adventures, and encounters en route, with a...

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Channel Seminar - 2024
Date: 17/02/2024

Saturday 17th February 2024 at CA House, London You are invited to our annual one-day seminar for CA members and non-members interested in cruising in the Channel area whether they are...

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