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

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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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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Samuel Pepys and the Navy of Charles II, David Davies
Date: 03/11/2021

Samuel Pepys is best known as a somewhat roguish diarist and as perhaps the most important chronicler of such great events as the Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of...

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Round Britain, Timothy Long
Date: 17/11/2021

In the summer of 2020, Timothy sailed around Britain, single-handed, at 15 years of age. This presentation covers his trip, which started on the 16th July 2020 from Hamble...

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The Future is Electric, Jimmy Cornell
Date: 24/11/2021

Jimmy will describe how, in late 2020, he completed a 4000-mile maiden voyage on his new Aventura Zero, a fully electric Outremer catamaran. The aim of the voyage was to...

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Cruising through life from BC (before children) to the Hanson Cup, James Littlewood
Date: 01/12/2021

James Littlewood won the prestigious Hanson Trophy in the CA’s log competition. In this talk he reflects on his sailing career from racing his Achilles 24 Bluefinn from...

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Our annual joint event with the Royal Institute of Navigation
Date: 08/12/2021

This is planned to be a webinar only as the speaker is expected to be overseas. It can be watched at CA House. There will be no charge. Details to be confirmed nearer the...

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CA carol service and supper
Date: 15/12/2021

Traditional carol service at St Anne’s Limehouse, followed, we hope, by an informal Christmas supper at CA House. Details and times will be published later along with a...

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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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