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Cruising Association hosts Brexit Webinar

The Cruising Association hosted a Brexit Webinar for members on Saturday 22 January 2022, which is now published for public viewing amongst the wider cruising community.

The Brexit Webinar was a follow-up to the first CA webinar held in December 2020, and addressed the key issues which continue to impact sail and motor cruisers as a consequence of the UK leaving the EU.

New and updated editions of Inland Waterways Cruising Guides published

New and updated full colour print and digital editions of the Cruising Association's (CA) five main inland waterways cruising guides - Cruising the Inland Waterways of France and Belgium, Through the Netherlands via the Standing Mast Routes, 50 Great Cruising Routes in the Netherlands, The River Moselle/Mosel and The German Rhine - have been published by the CA's European Inland Waterways Section (EIWS).

RATS Webinar - Tune in for the latest Brexit updates

The CA’s Regulations and Technical Services group (RATS) continues to be at the forefront of lobbying on behalf of the cruising community to mitigate the impact of the UK leaving the EU.

For over three years, RATS has worked hard to identify, campaign and propose solutions to national and international government and legislative bodies on issues affecting cruisers due to Brexit.

Season’s Greetings from the Cruising Association

The Cruising Association wishes all our members and partners around the world Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays.

Please note that the CA Office and CA House will be closed over the holiday period from Tuesday 21 December 2021 and will re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

We look forward to seeing you again during 2022 and enjoying the year’s cruising.

CAptain’s Mate Insight session – Book Yours Now

Following the successful launch of our upgraded CAptain’s Mate app on 1 December 2021, the Cruising Association is offering CAptain’s Mate Insight sessions to the cruising community.

Open to members and non-members, the CAptain’s Mate Insight session will give you the opportunity for a one-to-one online tour of the app’s functionality and ask any questions.

CA update on UK Government VAT rules for UK boat owners

Following a meeting with HM Treasury (HMT) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Cruising Association (CA) is pleased to confirm that the UK Government will make a positive change to the application of Returned Goods Relief (RGR) for recreational craft. As a result, many boat owners will no longer have to pay VAT on the return of their boats to the UK.

The proposed change has considerable benefits for the UK based cruising community:

CA releases upgraded CAptain’s Mate – digital cruising information in one app

We have today, 1 December 2021, released our upgraded CAptain’s Mate app.

Cruising Association elects Derek Lumb as new President

Derek Lumb was elected as President of the Cruising Association at its Annual General Meeting at CA House, London on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Derek Lumb becomes the thirty-third President of the Cruising Association, a role which was first formalised in 1920. A CA member since 2008 and an active volunteer, Derek steps up from his role as Council member and Vice-President to take over the Presidency.


The Cruising Association provides Guidance on new Ofcom VHF Radio Licence Compliance

Boat owners in the United Kingdom holding a VHF radio licence must ensure compliance with the new licence conditions introduced by Ofcom.

The new licence conditions have been introduced by Ofcom due to concerns about the risk of exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions which are transmitted by all radio equipment. This change in licence conditions affects boat owners using radio, radar and other emergency alerting equipment on UK vessels.