CA London

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.

Forthcoming Events

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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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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Tides and What the Cruising Sailor Needs to Know Part 2, Penny Haire
Date: 16/02/2022

                        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...

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The Vendée Globe Journey, by Pip Hare
Date: 23/02/2022

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...

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Harbour Master sailing challenge, Mark Ashley Miller
Date: 02/03/2022

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...

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Boat electrics, Rupert Holmes
Date: 09/03/2022

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...

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The Green Blue, Phil Horton
Date: 16/03/2022

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...

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Cruising from the USA east coast to the west, via the Panama Canal, Michael and Anne Hartshorn
Date: 23/03/2022

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...

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Hanson lecture: Evolution of yacht design process over 45 years, Rob Humphreys
Date: 30/03/2022

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...

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To see all seminars and lectures see here, or the calendar of all events see here.

Interested in Finding out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries, Alison and John Hadley, at or
CA staff at or +44 (0) 207 537 2828.

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.

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