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Preview of Next Generation CAptain's Mate App at Southampton International Boat Show

We are delighted to be back exhibiting at the Southampton International Boat Show in September to promote our unrivalled support services to the ever-expanding sail and motor cruising community.

Cowes Week and the CA Launch Inaugural Club Cruiser Trophy

Presented by the CA the Club Cruiser Class is making its debut at Cowes Week in 2021, with racing from Saturday 31 July to Friday 6 August 2021.

Update – UK and EU Tariffs on US Cruising Yachts

Both the UK and the EU continue to impose a 25% customs tariff on the import of US-origin yachts and boats into the EU and the UK.

Corinth Canal Closed for Summer 2021

The operators of the Corinth Canal in Greece have advised that the canal will remain closed to marine traffic until the end of the summer 2021 season with a probable extension. Studies and restoration works are under way following a landslide in January this year.


Greek Customs acknowledges the rights of UK yachts to retain their EU VAT status

Following the complaint to the European Union (EU) by the Cruising Association (CA) on the VAT Status of UK yachts in Greece after returning from outside EU Waters , the latest announcement received from the Greek Customs authority acknowledges the rights of UK yachts to return to Greek Waters and retain their EU VAT Status.


Red diesel update: delay for Northern Ireland

HMRC has issued Excise Notice 554 which contains details about fuel used in private pleasure craft.


National visas and Schengen interaction

The EU has confirmed to the Cruising Association (CA) that days spent in an EU country where you have a visa/residence permit granted by that country do not count as days spent in the Schengen zone in calculating either the 90 days or the 180 days in the Schengen 90/180 calculation.

UK yachts don’t need TL for Greece

The Greek tax authority, the AADE, has agreed: "UK-flagged vessels moored or sailing in EU waters before the Transition Period ended (1.1.2021), regardless of where the taxes have been paid, retain their EU status for as long as they remain in [those waters]."

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE takes up the cudgel on behalf of cruising sailors

In a letter published in The Times newspaper today, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Patron of the Cruising Association (CA), highlights the devastating effect of HMRC's demands for VAT on boats returning to the UK.


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French government announces a process to allow entry to cruisers at any French port

Since leaving the EU, boats arriving in France from the UK or Channel Islands are required to sail to one of a small number of "Ports of Entry" (mainly the ferry ports) and search out the relevant authorities - usually the Police aux Frontières - to register the arrival of their boat and crew.