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.
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.
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.
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 events are held at our Limehouse HQ.
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.
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.
Winter talks are held at the Upper Thames Sailing Club in Bourne End near Marlow.
Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.
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
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...Read more
Winter talk: Stress Free Sailing Part 2, with Duncan Wells
Winter talk: Stress Free Sailing Part 2, with Duncan Wells 19:30 at Lilliput Sailing Club, 200a Sandbanks Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 8HARead more
Bird watching from the deck of Thames Sailing Barge Victor
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....Read more
All about the East Coast Guides for Sailors by editor Garth Cooper
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...Read more
The River Deben, its history and its people, by Robert Simper
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...Read more
The work of the Living River Foundation by Tanya Ferry
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...Read more
The British Divers Marine Life Rescue Group by Jo Collins
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...Read more
Felixstowe Docks, History and Operations by Simon Mullett
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...Read more
Marine Water Colour Painting in Retirement by Surinder Beerh
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...Read more