South West

Welcome to the South West Section

Welcome to the CA’s South West section which covers the Cornwall and Devon peninsula from Bolt Head in the South, West to the archipelago of the Isles of Scilly and North to Hartland Point. As far as cruising goes, the area offers many unspoilt estuaries, tranquil anchorages as well as challenging passages.

There are many of the best loved and iconic harbours, stunning coastal scenery all enriched by the area’s history, myth and legend. It’s no wonder artists and writers glean such inspiration from the 400 miles of coastline!

Its harbours are also the beginning (or return) for many extended worldwide passages, and host races such as the famous ‘Azores and Back’ and the finish of the ‘Fastnet’.

A good number of the section’s membership lives in the area, but many more keep their boats in the South West and/or regularly cruise these rather special waters.

The South West Area

The South West Section includes the west of Devon from a line between Kingsbridge in the south to Oakhampton on Dartmoor and on to Bideford in the north and all of Cornwall and of course the Iles of Scilly.

Where We Meet

Winter events are based in various locations across the area, either during the daytime or evening. This helps our members to meet each other, enjoy a meal, a talk, the companionship of other cruising sailors and to share knowledge and experiences.

The meetings are arranged well in advance and details are on the CA website, in the Southwest Section Newsletter and reminders are sent to members by email about three weeks before each talk.

Forthcoming Events

There are no forthcoming events currently scheduled.

To see seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here, or to see a calendar of all events see here.

Interested in Finding out More?

Please contact the Section Secretary at or
CA staff at or +44 (0) 207 537 2828.

Cruising Sections


Covers the Baltic Sea, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Faroes. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring.


Covers Western France, Spain and Portugal as well as crossing Biscay. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring.

Blue Water

For those sailing outside of European waters. Holds a popular Blue Water seminar in the summer.


Covers waters from Land’s End to Cape Wrath. Meets at various west coast venues to share knowledge on all aspects of cruising the region.


Covers Northern France from the Belgian border to Normandy and the South Coast of England. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring, and organises summer rallies.

European Inland Waterways

Covers over 30,000 km of navigable rivers and canals passing through over 20 countries. Meets spring and autumn at CA House.


Covers the Mediterranean from Spain and Morocco in the west to the Levant in the east, and includes the Black Sea. Meets at CA House in the winter, and afloat in the summer.

North Sea

Covers the UK, Belgian and Dutch coasts. Meets at East Coast venues to share knowledge on all aspects of cruising the region.

Local / UK Sections


For members who live in Australia and New Zealand and who sail in the Northern Hemisphere.

CA London

CA London events are held at our Limehouse HQ.

East Midlands

Talks are held in various venues in the East Midlands.


Meetings held at Blackwater Sailing Club and mid-week lunches arranged.


Winter talks are held in Maidstone, and joint rallies are organised with Essex and Suffolk sections.

Lyme Bay

Talks and walks are organised over the winter.


Summer rallies with weekend meets. Winter talks with ‘club’ suppers usually at a Hamble yacht club or marina.

South West

Members meets in two locations, one in Plymouth and one in Falmouth.


Joint meetings are arranged with the Royal Harwich Yacht Club at Woolverstone.

Thames Valley

Winter talks are held at the Upper Thames Sailing Club in Bourne End near Marlow.


Talks are held at Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole.

West Midlands

Year round events held at Severn Motor Yacht Club, also winter meetings held at Ashwood Social Club Kingswinford.

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