The Cruising Association (CA) is excited to be returning to the Southampton International Boat Show, 10-19 September 2021, and hosting a packed programme for its members, prospective members and those new to the world of sail and motor cruising.

As the largest organisation catering exclusively to the needs of cruising sail and motor boaters, there are plenty of reasons to drop in on the CA’s stand J419 in Ocean Hall over the ten days of the show. Come and experience the unrivalled range of services and information the CA offers, try out a preview of the next generation CAptain’s Mate app, win prizes in the daily on-stand draws, meet our experts for advice on your burning technical questions and much, much more.

“The Cruising Association is looking forward to welcoming a crowd of yacht and motor cruisers to the Southampton International Boat Show,” commented Lucy Gray, Cruising Association General Manager. “After an unprecedented past 18 months, we are excited to celebrate and rejoin our members face-to-face and for prospective members to discover the many benefits of joining the Cruising Association and experience our friendly community.”

CAptain’s Mate in the spotlight

Spearheading the CA’s presence at the show is the roll out of the all-new CAptain’s Mate app. Exclusively for members, CAptain’s Mate covers over 6,400 global locations from Greenland to the Galapagos. For members by members and free from commercial influence, the user-friendly app features the very best of what cruisers need, integrating cutting edge technology with simple functionality. CAptain’s Mate includes features such as port and harbour entrance information, marine location and facility listings, topography and satellite views, photo illustrations, the Find my Friend community resource and numerous filters so you can drill down to the precise information required. Visit stand J419 for a live demo and tour of the next generation CAptain’s Mate app.

“We are very excited to reveal our upgrades to the CAptain’s Mate app,” continued Lucy Gray. “This latest generation app which has evolved over several years embraces a new design, increased functionality and even more detail on worldwide marine locations. It is a complex toolkit that has been made simple and has already proven itself as a unique and invaluable tool for cruising yacht and motor boaters.”

Be in it to win it!

Every day the Cruising Association holds member-only on-stand draws offering a fantastic array of prizes to be won, in partnership with Gill Marine, ICOM, ASAP, Adlard Coles, Imray, Bainbridge Marine, Ship Shape Bedding, AquaMarine, First Class Sailing and Cruising Association goodies. On Wednesday 15 September, one lucky member’s name will be drawn to win the CA’s big Summer prize of a £2,000 boat clean-up from GRPro-Clean.

Everyone who visits stand J419 will be in with a chance of winning the show prize draw from Gill Marine. Worth £510, you can get your hands on an OS2 coastal/offshore suit, with the winner’s name announced on the final day, Sunday 19 September.

RATS advice

On both Saturday afternoons, from 1300-1630 hours on 11 and 18 September, experts from our technical committee, Regulations and Technical Services (RATS), will be on stand and on hand to answer your questions. Our experts will provide practical advice* to members and non-members through a myriad of regulation and legislation topics, such as VAT, Brexit, entry and exit formalities, pets abroad, 90/180 stays and red diesel. Takeaway VAT information packs are also available, covering key issues on the implications of VAT legislation which affect cruising yacht and motor boaters.

Join the CA at the Show and enjoy a discount

Anyone joining the Cruising Association during the show will receive a 10% discount on their first year’s membership when paying by Direct Debit, and be in the daily prize draw to win a one-year Navionics Boating app subscription. The first year membership discount is 25% for those already a member of selected Boat Owners Associations and Yacht Clubs or referred by an existing Cruising Association member. What’s more, at the show there is no joining fee.

Get social

As always, members and non-members are invited to the Cruising Association’s on-stand hospitality meet-up on Thursday 16 September 2021. Come and join the Cruising Association team for drinks and nibbles from 1630 hours on stand J419 in Ocean Hall.

Keeping visitors safe is the number one priority during the show and the Organisers ask everyone to follow their Covid-19 safety measures at:

For full information on visiting the 52nd Southampton International Boat Show, go to:

CA Media Enquiries, interview requests for comment/advice:
Luissa Smith
Press & Publicity Manager
The Cruising Association
Mob: +44 (0) 7525 358 585
Email: [email protected]

About the Cruising Association

The CA is acknowledged as the leading organisation for cruising sailors and motor cruisers with 6,300+ members around the world. Founded in 1908 specifically to meet the needs of cruising sailors, the CA has become a haven for many great names in sailing and is dedicated to those who enjoy cruising on sailing and motorboats. The CA provides services, information, help and advice to sailors worldwide using a variety of communication platforms including its inter-active website, CAptain’s Mate App, Forums, Rallies, Seminars and Events, Newsletters and the in-house quarterly magazine Cruising.

Well-known names associated with the CA include HRH The Princess Royal and the CA’s Patron, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Supporters also include Keith Musto, Tom Cunliffe, Jeanne Socrates and Don Street, amongst others.

*Disclaimer: Any advice has been prepared by the Cruising Association, its members and others and they and it have tried to ensure that the contents are accurate. However, the Cruising Association, its employees, contributors and relevant members shall not be liable for any loss, damage or inconvenience of any kind howsoever arising in connection with the use of such advice, save to the extent required by applicable law.

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