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.


Covers Northern France from the Belgian border to Normandy and the South Coast of England. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring, and organises summer rallies.

European Inland Waterways

Covers over 30,000 km of navigable rivers and canals passing through over 20 countries. Meets spring and 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.


Winter talks are held in Maidstone, and joint rallies are organised with Essex and Suffolk sections.


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

Winter Cruising in the Warm, Trevor Pratt
Date: 06/11/2019

The winters in UK can be cold, damp and downright miserable, so if you want to be warm and are missing sailing what do you do? Go south was Trevor’s conclusion. Tahiti and its islands sounded nice...

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The Wooden World
Date: 12/11/2019

  Tuesday 12 November 2019 The Wooden World Philip Allan   Upper Thames Sailing Club, Riverside, Bourne End, Bucks, SL8 5PT. Bar: 19:15 Talk 20:00 Ticket Price: £3...

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High latitude destinations, Jimmy Cornell
Date: 13/11/2019

With tropical destinations being increasingly affected by the consequences of climate change, many sailors are now looking for alternative cruising destinations in less frequented areas of the world...

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Med Meeting & Talk - "Greece - the highs, lows and everything in between"
Date: 14/11/2019

A brief Section meeting followed by a talk. The meeting at CA House will commence at 18:45 with the usual, very brief, Section meeting to update on latest news etc, followed at 19:15 by a...

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Denmark Information Day
Date: 16/11/2019

Denmark Information Day, Saturday 16th November 2019,  1100 to approx 1530 at CA House Our series of one-day Information Days featuring specific countries continues with Denmark Information...

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The UK Border Force
Date: 19/11/2019

We always try to include a presentation from people who earn their living on the water, and this year we anticipate an informative talk about the role the Border Force has, and will have, in these...

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European Inland Waterways Annual Seminar and Lunch
Date: 23/11/2019

This year’s Annual Seminar and Lunch will include presentations on Using Technology while Afloat; Cruising Through Germany to Norway; Boating in Europe after Brexit (a hot topic!) and an Interactive...

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Adriatic Italy, Boyd Goldie
Date: 27/11/2019

The south and east coasts of Italy are under-appreciated as a cruising destination. People often pass through as quickly as possible on their way to or from Croatia or Greece. Yet there are many...

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Joint event with RIN
Date: 04/12/2019

We are once again holding a joint event with the Royal Institute of Navigation. The speaker will be confirmed nearer the time. Date: Wednesday 4 December Time: Lectures and talks start promptly...

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Baltic Social evening and rallies reunion
Date: 06/12/2019

Baltic Social evening and rallies reunion Friday 6th December 2019.  1900 at CA House An opportunity to meet up again with friends made in Rügen this year or at any Baltic Section events over...

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