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

Beginning in Biscay: Cruising the coast of Western France
Date: 30/11/2019

The western coast of France offers a delightful cruising ground and abounds with wonderful destinations including stunning islands, historic towns, sheltered anchorages, unspoilt rivers and an array...

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The Battle of the Medway
Date: 30/11/2019

It was a battle that set a river on fire, caused panic across London and left England nursing the wounds of one of its worst ever military defeats. Yet not many people today have heard of the Battle...

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NSW Christmas Luncheon
Date: 01/12/2019

The Antipodean NSW Christmas luncheon which will begin with a presentation and tour of the premises and boats at the Marine Rescue Centre at The Spit, Middle Harbour and members living in or near...

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Joint event with RIN: Editing and updating pilot books, Nick Chavasse MBE
Date: 04/12/2019

Nick Chavasse MBE will talk on editing and updating pilot books and their relevance in the face of advancing technology. He'll describe some of the challenges in editing Atlantic France Edition 2...

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Barges and Bread
Date: 05/12/2019

Di Murrell's ‘Barges and Bread’ is a history of those who worked on the water; who used the Thames to transport goods; here woven into an account of how London relied upon the river to deliver the...

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Solent Christmas Social Evening
Date: 06/12/2019

Friday 6th December 2019 from 18.00 Royal Southern YC Hamble Friday December 6 - Christmas Social Evening A Christmas meal and an after-dinner speaker with ‘Tales from the Alison MacGregor,’ the...

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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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South West Section Christmas Lunch
Date: 08/12/2019

Come and join the South West Section members for a festive glass of fizz and lunch at the award winning Rockfish restaurant in Dartmouth. This promises to be a relaxed Sunday afternoon among friends...

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Mediterranean Express
Date: 10/12/2019

    Offered a berth in the South of France for no more than the cost of his Gosport marina fees, Ken Munn decided to move Snowbird to the sun without delay. He planned his voyage...

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Morning Star Trust
Date: 12/12/2019

Launched in 1978, the 62-foot gaff ketch Morning Star is the oldest purpose-built sail training vessel in the UK and has been based in the Medway for her whole life. Currently operating from Chatham...

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