CA Site Ring


The CA Site ring is a directory of Sailing-related Web and Blog sites by Cruising Association members. By clicking on either the associated home page thumbnail or the name, you can go directly to that site.
If you wish, you can search for a site either by entering its name in the Site Name box, or by using keywords (e.g. Baltic).
CA Members can find out how to add their own site to the Site ring here.

The CA is not responsible for the content of any site this directory links to.

We are Ian and Lorraine Cuthbertson from Canvey Island, Essex, UK.  We decided many years ago that we wanted to go off and discover other parts of the world.  So after many years of planning we set off on 8th May 2017.  On our first leg we intend to take in France, northern Spain, Portugal and end up somewhere in southern Spain by October/November.  We created the website so that we could keep a record of where we've been, what we've been up to and also so that friends and family could follow us on our journey.  

This blog is our photographic and written record of our dream adventure to explore the world on our sailing yacht, Blue Velvet of Sark. We both left work early and set off from the UK in 2013,  not really sure if our gamble would work. Would we be able to afford to live this dream lifestyle? Would reality live up to the dream expectations? Would we be constantly plagued by boat breakages ... the cruising is "yacht maintenance in exotic places" analogy? We don't know the answer to all of those questions yet but the blog tracks our progress and the fun we are having along the way finding out.

The summer cruises of Whileaway a Westerly Oceanquest sailed by Andrea and Richard.

2014 – the Channel Islands, Brittany and the Biscay coast of France. 2015 – the north east coast of France, Belgium and the standing mast routes through the Netherlands. 2016 – from Amsterdam, through Friesland, the German Frisian Islands and the Kiel Canal to the Baltic Sea. Then exploring south and west Denmark, the east coast of Sweden and the north coast of Germany. 2017 – Along the north coast of Germany to Rugen, across to Bornholm, the south east coast of Sweden to Karlskrona, returning to Ystadt, then Danish islands of Ven through Smalandsfarvandet, Sonderborg, and finally Schleswig and on to Fehmarnin Germany. 2018 - Plans are to head further up the east coast of Sweden.

My site is primarily about how to  obtain, understand and use  marine weather forecasts. I hope that it will help sailors to get a better understanding about weather on all scales of time and space..

We are Iris and Robin fro Switzerland and decided to sail the seven seas, bought a boat, equipped it and started in Sicily, on to Greece, Turkey, back to Greece, on to Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Italy Greece and Italy again. Plan is to slowly go west and cross the pond in 2018 - plans tend to change when sailing - will see! The blog is in English and German and just talks about our travel and our experiences.

This site aims to help skippers choose where to cruise - but only within coasts from the English Channel southwards to Gib, then around the Mediterranean. It started from writing channel cruising guides in '58 for visiting skippers to the ICC and RAFSA. It grew as I cruised further afield, searching for holiday sailing locations. At last in my own boat in 1995, I created my first web site - and edited all these notes into it. A few thousand site readers now help keep it up to date by adding comments to any out of date pages. My notes on Scotland and Ireland are yet to be added . . .

Kalessin of Orwell is a 33ft Westerly Storm sailed by Sam and Camilla and their two sons, Guy and Ben. In 2006-8 we sailed her down to Portugal, into the Med, and home through the French canals. In 2011 we explored Baltic Germany and Denmark. Despite Sam's stroke we haven't given up on sailing: we cruised gently in Denmark and Germany in summer 2013, and Kalessin is now cruising in home waters on the UK East Coast, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

This site is a guide to sailing in the Baltic. It covers the travels of Kissen, a Hallberg-Rassy 36, which has spent the last 5 years or so slowly crawling round the flesh-pots, sorry, beautiful locations of the Baltic Sea. Kissen has now been based in the Baltic for 8 years. We only went for a couple! It was only last year (2010) that we can finally say that we have managed to visit every country in the Baltic at least once.

Jan and Mark Cullen's blog about sailing in the Adriatic on their Hanse 415 Lyra. Focus on destinations, food and history. 

We are Ian and Sarah. We are a fifty something couple from North Yorkshire. For the last few months we have been planning an adventure.

Secretly, we’ve been plotting our gap years for ages, inspired by what our daughters have done and thinking of all the places we still want to go and the things we still want to do.

In reality, it all started many moons ago when Ian and his good friend Jonathan were chatting over drinks. Probably more like thirty years ago ( I can’t believe that we actually have a thirty years ago, but there you are!)

Two young hotel managers, both from the north of England, who met whilst working at The Chester Grosvenor Hotel, were plotting over a glass of Champagne. The chat developed into a discussion about the places they wanted to go and adventures they were determined to have. So between them they decided that eventually they wanted to sail a yacht into a spectacular tropical bay, crystal clear sea, white pepper beach, you get the idea, whilst standing on the bow playing a saxophone! At that point neither of them had ever sailed a boat or learnt to play the saxophone!

As a testament to the power of dreams, even without the accompanying lists, plans or spreadsheets, the two friends set about developing their careers and almost incidentally achieving, at least in part, some of the dream.