Forthcoming events

Walk and Pub Lunch

Thu, 24/04/2014 - 10:00 - 15:00

Thursday April 24: Walk and pub lunch
To round off our activities over the ‘close’ season, Martin Woolacott is organising a trip on the South Devon Railway from Buckfastleigh to Staverton, followed by lunch at the Sea Trout Inn.

Please email for details.

Solent Section April Meeting - Fitting Out Supper 2014

Sat, 26/04/2014 - 18:00 - 22:00
Royal Air Force Yacht Club Hamble

This is the notice of our annual Fitting Out Supper that is to be held at the Royal Air Force Yacht Club Hamble on Saturday 26th April 2014.

This is the last event of the winter programme 2013-14 

We will dine to a 3-course supper at the RAFYC, Hamble (Note - not Waters Edge at Mercury where we have held other meetings this winter).

The full details are to be found in the booking form that is also sent by email to Solent Section members.

Please remember that your guests are welcome too.

Our after-dinner speaker this year is CA member Martin Hare who has cruised extensively inland, then to Ireland, followed by East Coast mud; then the Baltic States and 250 miles into Russia, followed by Finland, the Åland Islands, and across Sweden to Norway.

Martin will be speaking on, ‘Confessions from the's not all plain sailing’ .  

This is a light-hearted look at scrapes and bumps afloat and ashore not found in a log!  . 

Please book early using the boking form in the attachment below.

Inevitably for many, antifoul under fingers nails is a feature not entirely unexpected by members and guests at a Fitting Out Supper,  but hopefully not on one's clothes!



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Crewing Service Meeting

Thu, 01/05/2014 - 19:00 - 21:30
CA House

Looking to sail? Fancy a trip? or in need of crew?

Come along to the final Crewing Service meeting of 2014 on the 1st of May at CA House.  Open to skippers looking for crew or vice versa, and excellent way to get in touch and get to know each other.

The Crewing Service is free for members of the Cruising Association. If you are not a member of the CA, then you can join as crew only for a fee of £20 per year (£30 for couples). Please refer to this page to see details of how to join the Crewing Service.

Meeting Dates

Crewing Service meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month between February and May at CA House.

If you have previously been a Crewing Service member and want to update your details for the next year, click here for full details.

Bar and Restaurant

The CA House bar and restaurant is open from 6pm, and provides home cooked meals and drinks.

Please bring your CA membership card if possible, or be prepared to be checked in to the meeting.


East Coast Spring Rally, run by the Suffolk Section

Sat, 03/05/2014 (All day) - Mon, 05/05/2014 (All day)
Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone, Suffolk

East Coast Spring Rally, 3/5 May 2014

Royal Harwich Yacht Club

For many of us the start of the new sailing season is marked by the East Coast Spring Rally held over the Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday 3 May to Monday 5 May 2014 at the RHYC on the River Orwell.

Hosted by the Suffolk Section with friends from the Essex and Kent Sections, we also extend a welcome to the North Sea Section and anyone else who would like to join the fun for all or part of the weekend.

Further details and booking form here.


Visit to Trinity House, Harwich

Thu, 08/05/2014 - 11:00 - 15:00

Starts at 11am with a brief history of Trinity House followed by a tour of the Operational Headquarters and finishing with a trip to the buoyage yard.

We may strike lucky and if one of the THV’s Galatea, Alert or Patricia are alongside we may also have the opportunity to go on board

Riverside Barbie

Fri, 16/05/2014 - 18:30 - 22:00
Upper Thames Sailing Club, Bourne End

Following on from a successful fitting out supper held last month at The Upper Thames Sailing Club, we thought we would squeeze in one more social meet this Spring. The UTSC have a Friday evening open in their busy schedule of events and if the weather is kind this will make a great riverside location for our BBQ. If the weather is not so kind we can always retire to the Clubhouse!

UTSC clubhouse

Once again, we will need to provide catering numbers to UTSC ahead of time, so let us know if you plan to join us and if you plan to bring along any guests - all are very welcome.

Bar Open: 18.30

BBQ Served From 19.15

Cost £10.00 per head. Drinks are not included in cover price.

Menu and Booking Form attached

Directions: Four miles from junction 4 of the M40 and eight miles from junction 8/9 of the M4. From the A404(M), take the A4155 towards Bourne End. Shortly after entering the 30mph limit, take the first turning on the right (Coldmoorholme Lane). Once past The Spade Oak pub, turn left into Upper Thames Way (unmade road) and follow the road round to the car park.

After parking, please be careful crossing the railway - it is used every day all through the year.

Alternative Route: Continue into Bourne End town and turn right into Wharf Lane opp the BP garage. Continue to Bourne End Marina. Parking available on road, or in the OTT Restaurant Car Park. UTSC is a five minute walk from here. Turn right and walk along the river path between the Marina berths and a short stretch of half a dozen houses. This route may be kinder than the unmade road on low slung cars!


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Solent Section Medina River IOW May 2014 Meet

Sat, 17/05/2014 - 12:00 - Sun, 18/05/2014 - 14:00
Island Harbour Marina Medina River Isle of Wight

Our first meet of the season will again be at Island Harbour but this year will take a different form. It will, as always, be very informal and a chance to meet up with old friends and welcome new ones.

Please see the booking form in the attachment below to attend to this Meet.

Island Harbour Marina is on the east side of the River Medina half a mile upstream of The Folly. It is a “locked” entrance with access HW +/-3.hrs for most boats and there is usually free flow around HW. There is a waiting pontoon. Once past the Folly contact “Island Harbour” on Channel 80 (phone 01983 822999) for instructions and say you are part of the Cruising Association Rally. We have to provide the Marina with confirmation and all boat details one week prior.

For those who arrive Friday we intend to have supper at The Breeze restaurant at Island harbour

On Saturday.-At 18.30 prompt, members and their guests are invited to take a glass of wine with us alongside Kiran, when you can meet other members and join in the fun of this occasion.

Following this reception we will retire to Kiran and the associate host boats (which will be moored adjacent to each other) for an informal two-course supper and coffee, which will be provided.  (Vegetarian meal by arrangement)  However you will need to bring your own cutlery, plates etc.

A bottle (or two) of wine might be required in case our reception wine runs dry.

The cost of the reception and the supper will be  £10 per adult  (children’s cost by negotiation!)

Mooring fees and electricity are the responsibility of each skipper.


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RYA VHF Course

Sat, 24/05/2014 - 09:00 - 17:00

We believe learning "face to face" is the very best with real equipment/radios and a instructor to bring it all to life!

We know time is important to you, so we are doing the LESSON and EXAM all in ONE day. We limit class numbers to achieve this.

Complete the course and you're qualified for life !

Cost: £125 (less 10% for CA members)

This course is run by Hamilton Sailing and full details can be found here.

RYA First Aid Course

Sun, 25/05/2014 - 09:00 - 17:00
CA House

In a medical emergency a little First Aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations like out at sea.

The First Aid at Sea course is one day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of First Aid for people using small craft and to support skippers of yachts and small craft working within 60nm of a safe haven.

The course is MCA approved and the certificate is valid for 3 years.

Cost: £99 (less 10% for CA members)

This course is run by Hamilton Sailing and full details can be found here.


RYA Diesel Engine Course

Sun, 25/05/2014 - 09:00 - 16:00
CA House

This one-day course (6hrs) will provide you with an awareness of the main systems of a diesel engine and will teach you how to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and to rectify defects, which do not require workshop support.

I have broken down many times but always managed to get home. I will teach the tricks to get you out of trouble.

Cost £99 (less 10% for CA members).

This course is run by Hamilton Sailing and full details can be found here.