Member Benefits

Make the most of the CA

Members join the CA for many reasons. Some join for one thing and discover others. Some like a permutation of the benefits we offer. We’ve expanded eight of the major benefits elsewhere on the site (see menu above), but here’s a brief summary of why people join – if you can think of any more reasons, let us know!

  • Access to online and offline information and advice about cruising in small boats
  • 16,000 member-only pages on our website include just about everything you need to know
  • If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask a question on our member-only forums - someone will have the answer
  • Local sections around the UK organise cruises, lectures, meetings, discussions and social activities throughout the year
  • International sections for the Baltic, Biscay, the Mediterranean, Blue Water and European Waterways offer specific support and information to those who cruise – or wish to – those waters
  • Discounts on chandlery, engineering products and sails from top suppliers. The savings available can pay for CA membership in one go
  • Discounts on charts and publications
  • Discounts on boat and travel insurance, and on mooring fees
  • A worldwide network of Local Representatives providing assistance and information
  • A crewing service to match skippers to crew
  • Our yearbook, packed with essential information
  • Our magazine, Cruising – exclusive articles you won’t find in other sailing magazines
  • CA-published books and booklets covering specialist cruise areas like harbours of the Baltic States, lay-up yards, and European canals
  • The Cruising Almanac, covering coasts from Gibraltar to the Shetlands; excellent chartlets, passage notes and port details contributed by members. Updates are published online, and mailed out with Cruising magazine
  • Our Regulations and Technical Services Committee (RATS) is widely consulted by government on proposed legislation and matters of safety and concern to cruising boaters and provides experienced technical know-how on boat equipment
  • Exclusive, customised clothing, flags and burgees at great prices
  • The right to fly our blue ensign
  • CA House, ten minutes from the City of London, offers overnight accommodation at competitive rates
  • Discounts from RYA-accredited training partners at locations around the UK
  • An extensive lecture and social activity calendar
  • The finest collection of nautical books in the world, kept at the information centre and catalogued online. No need to come to London; loan books are mailed out free
  • Our information centre houses a worldwide collection of charts, pilot books and members’ logs: use them for passage planning
  • Want to sell, or to buy something boaty – including boats! Free classified advertising reaches our over-6,000 members
  • And, of course, our exclusive CAptain’s Mate App, too brilliant to describe - read more here

Did you know?

  • We have as many members sailing in the UK as we do abroad
  • We have 16,000 pages of cruising information on our website
  • We have the only App giving totally up-to-date information to cruising sailors – reports on harbours and anchorages worldwide, updated almost daily by members with first-hand experience
  • We have hundreds of marine companies giving our members discounts – you could save the cost of membership with one purchase
  • With membership up 24% in the last three years we are the largest organisation of our kind in the UK. We’ve overtaken the Royal Naval Sailing Association
  • Our members cruise in motor boats as well as sailing boats. We even have a European Inland Waterways section
  • Our 20 sections run rallies, social events, talks and seminars

CAptain’s Mate is awesome. It’s like a totally up-to-date cruising guide, with added info from CA buddies; all on my smartphone.
Marcel and Helen Saxer, S/Y Dakini

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