Essex Section Introduction

Welcome to the Essex Section

The Essex Section provides a calendar of events for CA members and their guests throughout the year. The Section was formed in 1993 and has continued to grow steadily with approximately 400 members and an increasing range of activities, which includes a programme of talks, mid-week lunches, the traditional fitting-out and laying-up suppers and summer rallies.

Where We Meet

Our evening social events are held in the very hospitable premises of the Blackwater Sailing Club, Basin Road, Heybridge Basin, Maldon, CM9 4SD. Hearty congratulations are due to them for winning the 'Yachts & Yachting' Yacht Club of the Year award for 2014. The food is good and excellent value (though not compulsory), and there's plenty of parking space. The Club is down a turning off Goldhanger Road, towards Heybridge Basin. Entrance to the club grounds is 200 yards on the left (in the dark, so keep a good look-out!). Then you just watch out for the sleeping policemen as you drive past the boat park towards the clubhouse.

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Directions are as follows. Exit the A12 at the Hatfield Peverel junction. Take the B1019 to Heybridge (approx 6 miles). Turn left at the first roundabout on to the B1026. Turn right at the second roundabout staying at the B1026 towards Goldhanger. After one mile, turn right for Heybridge Basin. The Club entrance is 200 yards on the left.

Our meetings are held in the main function room of the Club which is on the first floor and has superb views over the river.

You pay £13 (members) £15 (non members) for a splendid two-course dinner with coffee at our regular evening meetings. Alternatively, just turn up a bit later for the presentation and pay £3 per person if you are a CA member or £5 if you are not. The evening generally starts at 7pm with the dinner. The talks begin at 8pm and finish at 10pm. There is plenty of parking space and a bar is available.

Mid Week Lunches

Our mid-week lunches are held at various locations in different parts of the county. These are informal, no booking is required, and guests are also very welcome. Just turn up on the day and enjoy good company and food in a pleasant environment. If you do let us know you are coming, we could give the landlord some idea of numbers, but just turn up anyway, as complete informality is the whole point. 

Forthcoming Events

The Essex Section hold regular evening meetings at the Blackwater Sailing Club and mid-week lunches at various locations in different parts of the county. Details for spring 2017 to be advised, but dates for evening dinners and talks will be 4th February, 4th March and 8th April 2017.

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

Interested in Finding out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries at or the CA Staff on or +44 (0) 207 537 2828