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.


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.

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.


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.

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

The Sutton Hoo Project by Paul Constantine
Date: 02/10/2021

“The Dig” on TV has brought to our attention the wonderful Anglo-Saxon treasure but the remains of the ship contains a wealth of information of great interest to an expert on Anglo-Saxon and...

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Escaping the Ionian: The Gulf of Corinth, Mick de Pomerai
Date: 06/10/2021

In 2020, Covid-19 meant a very short season for many. Lovely as the Ionian islands are, they get very crowded these days, with boats cluttering every harbour and anchorage...

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The balmy, beautiful and beguiling Baltic, Andy Beharrell
Date: 13/10/2021

The Baltic is a stunningly beautiful cruising ground. The Baltic countries offer variety, but one thing that most have in common is rocks – lots of them. In this talk Andy...

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The Galloper Wind Farm by Sean Chenery
Date: 14/10/2021

An essential part of the modern low carbon world, wind farms have transformed our landscape; there are over 500 turbines now in the Southern North Sea, with more to come. Learn about this industry...

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Sail trim for cruisers: Chris Jeckells, MD Jeckells the Sailmakers
Date: 14/10/2021

Chris is the fourth generation of this family-run leading sailmaker. It all started back in 18** when his great, great, grandfather discovered he was a better sailor than...

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Winter Warmer Talk - The role of the NATO Shipping Centre in keeping merchant shipping safe
Date: 14/10/2021

Lt Cdr Rod Drake RN will talk about the role of the NATO Shipping Centre in keeping merchant shipping safe.  This will be held as a Zoom webinar, link to be posted nearer the date.

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A talk by Duncan Wells: Stress Free Sailing, part two.
Date: 19/10/2021

Duncan Wells is the principal of Westview Sailing School, a features writer in the sailing press, and the author of several books which score four and a half or five stars on Amazon. I've only got...

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Cruising the Biscay Coast of France, Judith Grimwade
Date: 20/10/2021

The Bay of Biscay has a reputation for storms and dangerous seas, so why do so many people choose to make the Atlantic coast of France their cruising ground? Mark and...

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Looking after your diesel engine, Nigel Bryan
Date: 27/10/2021

Keeping your engine in good shape isn't just about the WOBLE. Those daily checks give you the confidence to make the next passage. Keeping the engine going for every...

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Suffolk all day Seminar: The Baltic
Date: 30/10/2021

A full day of speakers and discussions which will cover all aspects of planning, going to, cruising around and staying in the Baltic. This event is a “must do” for those looking for a new cruise area...

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