Posts and news about the CA (was called CA House)

News about Migrant Traffickers

Migrant traffickers cause alarm for boaters in the Mediterranean.

Cruising Association members have reported that small yachts are being chased by boats carrying migrants from Libya to Europe.

An estimated 600,000 migrants are waiting to cross from Libya to Europe. Under the cover of darkness, boats leave the African continent full of desperate refugees but the CA is advising boaters in the area to be wary, stand clear and inform the relevant Search and Rescue service.

Information about the island of Skorpios

Boaters in the Ionian Sea have reported aggressive guards on the island of Skorpios.

Skippers that venture too close to the islands of Skorpios and Sparti, which lies 2km north, are being met with armed guards, which are employed by the new Russian owner, Ekaterina Rybolovleva.

Greek law states that anything more than 10 meters from the beach is public land, so boats are legally allowed to anchor by the island.

However, guards may be acting under the Right to Privacy Law, which could be used to allow security teams to keep onlookers at bay.

East Coast Boat Show, 20/21 June

Sat, 20/06/2015 - 00:00 to Sun, 21/06/2015 - 00:00

This is to be held over the weekend of 20/21 June at the MDL Marina, Woolverstone. It will include trade stands and boats afloat to look over.

The Cruising Association will be there to meet local members and hopefully recruit several more.

Sailing holidays to Croatia from Sail Croatia

Sailing holidays to Croatia from Sail Croatia

Discover one of the sunniest cruising coastlines in Europe – a blend of cultures, friendly people and a laid back atmosphere - on  board an 8-berth Jeanneau 45.

Vanuatu appeal

Help for Vanuatu

Cyclone Pam has ploughed through Vanuatu's many islands causing severe devastation.

Cruising sailors, including many CA members, have been given a warm welcome by these hospitable islanders, and we think it appropriate that we should help them now in their great need.

Please see the newsletter attached below for details of how you can help.

CA House closed

Fri, 03/04/2015 - 00:00 to Mon, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

The CA will be closed during the Easter bank holiday weekend 3rd - 6th April.

Happy Easter from the CA

London 2015 Boat Show Prize winners

London 2015 Boat Show Prize winners

East Coast CA member, Tom Clayton, was the lucky winner of our folding rib competition.
Tom joined the CA last year and enjoyed a summer trip around the Baltic. He sails with his wife and three children – as well as enjoying racing on a friend’s Beneteau at local regattas.

CA joins the fight against Paralympic Games decision

Following news that sailing has been dropped from the 2020 Paralympic Games Programme, The Cruising Association is joining the campaign backed by its patron, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, to fight the decision.

The International Paralympic Committee announced at the end of last month that sailing was not on the list of sports in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been backing a petition, which had 14,500 signatures in the first few days, to reinstate the sport:

Sir Robin posted the following message on Facebook:

Turkish Visas - press release

Now Turkish visas put cruisers off

Boat owners cruising in Turkish waters are facing more difficulties because a new law regarding Residence Permits is confusing everyone concerned.

Visitors' Visas to Turkey for cumulative visits of up to 90 days in a rolling 180 days are easily obtained on-line – an agreement that matches the Schengen regulations for non-EU citizens.  But many boat owners wish to cruise for longer than the constraints of the visa so then have to apply locally for a Residence Permit before the 90-day limit is reached.