Welcome to the London Section
Sharing information and expertise is what the CA is all about and CA London plays its part by organising talks, seminars and social events at our London HQ.
Being part of our Section
If you live or work in London, or even if you are just visiting, we hope you will come along to some of our talks and events. In normal times we run extremely popular weekly lectures on Wednesday nights from October to April and hold a monthly club supper over the summer months.
Where We Meet
We meet at CA House, 1 Northey Street, London E14 8BT. Our HQ is home to the CA’s small administrative team, our library and information centre and cabin accommodation. Ania, our catering manager, and her team, are always happy to see you in the bar and restaurant, which is generally open from 6.00pm on week nights and from midday at weekends. Lectures begin at 7pm and finish around 9pm with a break for refreshment. The full programme is published below and, along with other events, on the calendar and events pages.
Getting it Right: Making Accuracy Affordable, Jeremy Batch
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...Read more
Still Mad About the Isles, Chris Adams
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...Read more
Tides and What the Cruising Sailor Needs to Know Part 2, Penny Haire
Penny delivers the second half of her fascinating talk on tides, including modern tidal prediction and models. There have been a lot of developments in this space since...Read more
The Vendée Globe Journey, by Pip Hare
Having sailed round the world, non-stop, alone, as part of the 2020-21 Vendée Globe race, Pip Hare took her place in history as only the 8th woman ever to finish the race. She...Read more
Harbour Master sailing challenge, Mark Ashley Miller
Starting out from Dartmouth in March 2019 in his 34ft boat Good Dog, Mark is attempting to visit every Harbour Master in the UK. So far, he has sailed 5,300 nautical miles, visited...Read more
Boat electrics, Rupert Holmes
Our boats are increasingly complicated, so reliable electrical systems are more critical than ever before. Yet reliability is a perpetual issue, especially for those who spend...Read more
The Green Blue, Phil Horton
The Green Blue is the RYA and British Marine’s environmental outreach programme. This talk will showcase The Green Blue’s resources, campaigns and activities and how they relate to...Read more
Cruising from the USA east coast to the west, via the Panama Canal, Michael and Anne Hartshorn
Blue Water Section Secretaries, Michael and Anne, crossed the Atlantic in 2010 and enjoyed four years’ cruising the US east coast, Cuba and the Bahamas before beginning the next part...Read more
Hanson lecture: Evolution of yacht design process over 45 years, Rob Humphreys
Rob describes a personal journey from his first boat built - a 24ft stripped-out Quarter Ton racing yacht - to the studio’s most recent work, including a 160ft expedition yacht...Read more
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.