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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to return to ocean racing

Cruising Association Patron, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, is to return to ocean racing again, competing in the solo Route de Rhum Transatlantic race.

Sir Robin, 75, will be racing across the Atlantic 45 years after he became the first person to sail alone non-stop around the world.

Aids to navigation

Can you help our fellow RATS with your views on Aids to Navigation?

Through Trinity House, RATS – the CA’s Regulation and Technical Services team, has received a request from the General Lighthouse Authorities which is undertaking a review of Aids to Navigation around the UK coast, The Chan

Roger Pratt, Magnetic Attraction

CA member dies on yacht in Caribbean

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Roger Pratt. Roger and Margaret Pratt’s boat, Magnetic Attraction, was boarded by intruders in St. Lucia. Roger sustained serious injuries during this incident from which he later died.

Open House at the Cruising Association

The Cruising Association is opening its doors to all interested in cruising on the last Saturday of the London Boat Show – January 11.

The open evening begins at 18.00 and includes short presentations on ‘Going Foreign’ as well as sailing in the Baltic, Biscay and Mediterranean. There will also be tours of CA House which is home to a library of charts, pilot books and almanacs from around the world as well as every Yachting Monthly and Yachting World since they were first published at the beginning of the last century!

Musto, Sailing Holidays and Metisair – great prizes

Musto, Sailing Holidays and Metisair – great prizes at the Cruising Association stand of the London Boat Show

The Cruising Association has joined forces with leading UK marine companies to offer some superb prizes and discounts for the duration of the London Boat Show.

Marine conservation zone 2013 designations

The government has announced that it has approved 27 MCZs from the 31 under consideration in the 2013 tranche. Of these 17 are mainly of interest to cruising sailors. Details of these can be accessed here

The inshore sites that have not been included are:  The Stour & Orwell, Hythe Bay, the Hilbre Island Group.

CA Press Release regarding Continuing Piracy

Royal Navy continues its advice: Don’t sail in the western Indian Ocean

New pirate attacks on vessels in the Indian Ocean in the last week have renewed calls for yachts not to sail in the area.

The Cruising Association’s Regulations and Technical Services team - RATS – is part of a group closely monitoring events in the western Indian Ocean, liaising both with bodies within the marine industry as well as the Royal Navy.

And the continuing  advice has to be: ‘Don’t sail in the high risk area.’

Latest Piracy Information - October 2013


The combined threat assessment of International Naval Counter Piracy Forces is and remains that:

All sailing yachts under their own passage should remain out of the High Risk Area (HRA) or face the risk of being hijacked and held hostage for ransom.

Clipper Yachts Leave St. KATHERINE’S DOCK

Our patron Sir Robin Knox-Johnson was spotted looking suave and relaxed at the foot of Tower Bridge as the Clipper Yachts were leaving St. Katherine’s Dock for the start of their “Adventure of a Lifetime” on Sunday 1st September.

Fining foreign-flagged yachts

The Liguian area just west of the city Savona (44' 19.00N and 008' 29.8E) in the gulf of Genoa.

The Italians are getting quite keen on fining foreign-flagged yachts and the excuse of "i didn't know" has little effect. The HLR in Savona has no idea how this restriction will be enforced but his advice is to stay well clear.

Bryan Scott