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

Cruising Ireland - Norman Kean
Date: 29/01/2022

This webinar will be a broadcast of the recording of the two presentations by Norman Kean last year. The first, An Introduction to Cruising the South and West Coasts of Ireland will start at 14:00....

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Cruising Scotland - Derek Lumb, Bob Bradfield and Alan Kohler
Date: 30/01/2022

This webinar will be a broadcast of the recording of the three Celtic Section presentations last year. 11:00 - Kintyre to Ardnamurchan ‐ Derek Lumb 14:00 - Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath ‐ Bob...

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Suffolk Photo Competition January 2022
Date: 31/01/2022

The CA Suffolk-RHYC Photo Competition 2022   Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 31st January 2022   Subject: “Boating” in its broadest sense Format: Best quality jpg only  RULES 1. The...

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Getting it Right: Making Accuracy Affordable, Jeremy Batch
Date: 02/02/2022

In 1772 on the second of his three voyages to the South Seas, James Cook was delighted to fix the position of the Resolution to within 30 miles, thanks to Larcum Kendall’s (more...

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Tides - Norman Kean
Date: 03/02/2022

The Celtic area has some of the most extreme tides in the World within a short distance of each other. The Bristol Channel has the 2nd highest tidal range in the world but other parts of the west...

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Channel Section Seminar (online)
Date: 05/02/2022

Saturday 5th February 2022 Normally at this time of year we hold a full day seminar at CA House to bring together Channel Section members for some presentations in a sociable atmosphere. However,...

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To Infinity and Beyond - Sailing in the Baltic by Amanda Wright
Date: 05/02/2022

Through the Kiel Canal and into the Baltic on Infinity, an Oyster 406 deck saloon, exploring many unspoilt Danish Islands, the dramatic landscape of the West coast of Sweden and finally reaching the...

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Still Mad About the Isles, Chris Adams
Date: 09/02/2022

After more than 30 years sailing the Scottish islands Chris is as entranced by them as ever. Camera always at the ready, his blog - which won the 2020 Lacy Trophy - celebrates this...

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Winter Warmer Talk - HMS Bellerophon by Des Crampton
Date: 10/02/2022

HMS Bellerophon nicknamed ‘Billy Ruffian’ by her crew, was a 74-gun ship of the line launched at Frindsbury on the River Medway in October 1786, just three years before the start of the French...

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Baltic Seminar postponed to Friday 1st April
Date: 12/02/2022

  The Baltic Seminar has been postponed due to concerns with Covid-19.  The new date is Friday 1st April - which see.

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