Biscay Section Introduction

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Welcome to the Biscay Section

The Biscay Section is a growing community of cruising sailors who sail or plan to sail in the area of Biscay. We help each other by exchanging information and sharing our experiences.

The Biscay Area

The Biscay Section covers the waters from Portsall, the North of the Chenal du Four, to Gibraltar; an area that includes some of the most stunning cruising grounds in Europe and is easily accessible to UK-based boat owners. There are stunning and tranquil islands, beautiful rivers, access to a substantial network of inland waterways and some of the best food in Europe thanks to French and North Spanish cuisine.

Where we Meet

During the non-sailing season, we organise Cruising Forums at CA House; Biscay Day is held on the last Sunday of the London Boat Show. The talks and presentations given at the forums allow members to share their experiences and are also valuable sources of information for those who are preparing to cruise in our region. During the summer, we organise rallies and other social event.

To see seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here.

Being part of our Section

Members of the Section receive newsletters by email and we maintain our Section pages on MyCA and members are alerted when new information is added here, or new cruising reports have been posted. We also provide background information to cruising in our area. While away cruising, many of our members use BiscayNet to ask questions and exchange information. For those who prefer to do so, all emails posted here may be read at a later date. The experiences of Biscay Section members provide a wealth of information for the benefit of others.

To find out about Biscay sailing please watch the video below.

Forthcoming Events

We hold rallies an various locations along the Biscay coastline and cruising seminars and social events here in the UK.

Saturday March 18th 2017 – Preparing to Cross Biscay

For many of us, crossing the Bay of Biscay is our first extended passage. The seminar will cover technical matters such sourcing and using weather information, insurance as well as presentations from fellow CA members who have already made the crossing. See details here.

Midsummer Rallies Western France

We are repeating the informal get-togethers that we have held for the past three years. Wherever we are at midsummer boats may welcome other CA members to join them. The form of the rally/meet will be in the hands of members who have volunteered to act as hosts.

Asturias Rally 2017

A repeat of the very enjoyable rally to Ribadesella and Gihon, with visits into the Picos de Europa, the prehistoric paintings in the Bustillo Caves, a Sidreria and much more.

Interested in Finding Out More?

Please contact the Section Secretary, Judith Grimwade, at or the CA Staff on or +44 (0) 207 537 2828