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

Samuel Pepys and the Navy of Charles II, David Davies
Date: 03/11/2021

Samuel Pepys is best known as a somewhat roguish diarist and as perhaps the most important chronicler of such great events as the Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of...

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HM Coastguard: Jon Kendray - Snr. Coastguard Officer
Date: 04/11/2021

Many boaters know about the Coastguard is what we hear on the VHF, but behind those radio exchanges lies a vast and complex operation. In this talk, we hear from senior...

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ORCA, Looking out for Whales and Dolphins, by Anna Bunney
Date: 11/11/2021

Protecting our cetaceans is at the heart of ORCA's work. This organisation specialises in collecting data about marine mammals through surveys in partnership with various shipping companies,...

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Winter Warmer Talk - Managing Navigational Safety on the tidal Thames
Date: 11/11/2021

A presentation by David Allsop, Assistant Harbour Master, Port of London Authority.   The Port of London, comprising the tidal Thames from Teddington to the Outer Limits, is the UK's...

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Jeremy Batch - Expanding Horizons: One Hundred (and thirteen) Years of Cruising - and other things.
Date: 16/11/2021

Currently, all entries for the Wessex Section's winter talks programme are tentative, but on 16th. Nov, 2021 we are planning a talk at 19.30 by Jeremy Batch - Expanding Horizons: One Hundred (and...

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Round Britain, Timothy Long
Date: 17/11/2021

In the summer of 2020, Timothy sailed around Britain, single-handed, at 15 years of age. This presentation covers his trip, which started on the 16th July 2020 from Hamble...

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Norway Information Session
Date: 20/11/2021

  Norway Information Session.  CA House.   1230 for lunch.  Session starts at 1400 and will end at approx. 1700. Presenters include James Yarrow and Vicky Platt....

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The Future is Electric, Jimmy Cornell
Date: 24/11/2021

Jimmy will describe how, in late 2020, he completed a 4000-mile maiden voyage on his new Aventura Zero, a fully electric Outremer catamaran. The aim of the voyage was to...

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The History of Small Arms at Sea by Robert Tilney
Date: 27/11/2021

The Antiques Roadshow have regularly sought Robert's expertise on historical small arms over the last 14 years. His great grandfather acquired the firearm business based in Beccles in the 1860s and...

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Cruising through life from BC (before children) to the Hanson Cup, James Littlewood
Date: 01/12/2021

James Littlewood won the prestigious Hanson Trophy in the CA’s log competition. In this talk he reflects on his sailing career from racing his Achilles 24 Bluefinn from...

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