The vast majority of RNSA’s 5,000+ members either own a craft or have friends who own one, ranging from canal boats to ocean going yachts. The RNSA cruising fraternity covers the whole spectrum of activity from blue water cruising to members who simply like to mess around in boats. A good number of Rallies and meets are organised annually by the RNSA Branches.

Cruising News & Notices

17 April 2017Cruising

Easter Weekend on the East Coast - a couple of favourite haunts!

East Coast

RNSA East Coast team checked out a couple of their favorite haunts, Harwich and Burnham-on Crouch. Well, the 'planners' picked very civilized tide times and the weather forecasts improved .....

27 March 2017Cruising

East Coast launches Season

East Coast

Jacqui-B and Sucessor met up at Harwich to welcome the Branch to the new season The East Coast started the Season in company with members of the CURNU. Two cadets sailed Successor .....

24 March 2017General

Marine Safety

RC (Cruising)

Request for suggestions or areas for improvement at the annual MSI committee meeting RNSA has been offered an opportunity to input to the annual meeting of the Marine Safety Information .....

21 March 2017Cruising

Portsmouth Cruising Group


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09 February 2017Cruising

Operation Sea Spray 2

East Coast

East Coast ventures out to sea on a cold wet grey day before the Options for Change briefing A Winter Weekend with East Coast Branch Successor (John Cooney) embarked five Cambridge .....

03 January 2017Cruising

RNSA FALMOUTH Cruisng Programe 2017


Here is the programme for the Falmouth Cruising Group which as usual is a joint programme with the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. All visiting RNSA members are invited to join in and .....

30 November 2016Cruising

Portland Trophy winner



30 November 2016Cruising

Annual Rifles Lunch

East Coast

Not the Rifles. Standards temporarily the Mess but Plan B does occasionally come into play. Not the Riles! 24 members gathered on Friday 25th November. The venue had .....

01 November 2016Cruising

Operation Sea Spray 1

East Coast

Practical sea expereince for CURNU students Operation Sea Spray 1 Successor and Jacqui-B were enlisted by the Cambridge University Royal Navy Unit (CURNU) over the weekend of .....

09 October 2016Cruising

Branch AGM

East Coast

With the Branch Financial Year over time to make the annual reports and feed back to the membership. Year end 30 September. Accounts reconciled, reports written and a programme drawn .....

21 September 2016Cruising

Gibraltar to the Canaries - a trip with 3 RNSA Portland members


Peter Stone's daily diary (with pictures) of a trip with Bob Myers and Bob Tuckwood from the Branch on a Swan 44 as they venture into the Atlantic. This trip was made in October and .....

19 September 2016Cruising

ECB joint meeting with RNVR YC

East Coast

Our annual get together hosted by the RNVR YC in Bradwell Marina 'Port Flair'. After a record September heat wave only days before the North Sea gave a little reminder to the Annual .....

Cruising Events


Date Event Venue Branch
29 Apr - 01 May 17 Ditch Crawling Tollesbury Marina, West Mersea and bear left. East Coast
05 - 07 May 17 Cruising Meet at the Yealm River Yealm northern visitors pontoon. Plymouth
06 May 17 Spring Rally UKSA Cowes Portsmouth
27 May 17 - 29 May 16 Calais Rally Spring Bank Holiday. Must be Calais East Coast
09 - 17 Jun 17 Dutch invasion. Chatham, River Medway East Coast
17 Jun 17 Big Buoys Challenge Solent and Hornet Portsmouth
17 - 18 Jun 17 Clyde cruising members BBQ , Social. Following day sailing the Kyles of Bute Ardrossan Marina and The Kyles of Bute. Clyde
28 Jul - 04 Aug 17 West Highland Week. 28th July -4th August 2017 Largs to Ardrishaig, Then Gigha,Craobh,Oban,Tobermory,Sound of Mull. Clyde
29 Jul 17 Fox's Two Rivers event Rivers Orwell and Stour East Coast
05 Aug 17 Branch BBQ Alpha House, St Peters Road, West Mersea East Coast
19 - 25 Aug 17 Branch Foreign Cruise Southwold, Orford and Ramsholt East Coast
26 - 28 Aug 17 Blackwater Ramble Heybridge Basin and Blackwater East Coast
09 - 11 Sep 17 Clyde and Northern UK branches flotilla to Bangor Northern Ireland. Clyde Branch and other members from branches in Northern England and The Isle of Man. Clyde
23 Sep 17 Joint Meeting with RNVR YC Ipswich Have and the Last Anchor East Coast
07 Oct 17 Branch AGM West Mersea Yacht Club East Coast
Nov 17 tbc Rifles Lunch Davies Street, opposite Bond Street tube station East Coast

Cruising Committee


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Rear Commodore Cruising Terry Corner 01473 730970 0771 157 6843
Clyde Paul Williamson 0794 040 3827
East Coast Gale Bryan 01223 314619 0774 629 0362
Falmouth Ian Munday 07802 385222
Medway David Holley 0793 368 1261
North West Group Cedric Loughran 0151 929 2750
Portland Brendon Moore 01305 821574
Plymouth Mark Hocking 0797 444 4127
Solent Haydn Chappell 01420 544422 Haydn Chappell []
Thames Chris Thompson 0787 607 7258
RMSC Alexander Janzen

About Cruising in the RNSA


Cruising in the RNSA

There are over 5000 members in the RNSA and, although the racing fraternity seem to get all the glory, by and large the majority of members are cruising yachtsmen. Whether you are a blue water cruiser in foreign parts, a family cruiser in home waters or a middle distance sailor who explores the coast of UK and the nearby islands and coastline of mainland Europe, the Association has something for you.

Whatever floats your boat we have something to make your cruising life easier and more enjoyable. Another of the benefits of belonging to the RNSA.

Cruising Rallies and Meets

For home water cruisers the Branches around the country produce annual programmes of rallies overseen by Rear Commodore Cruising and his team. If you want to find out what is going on in this area look at the Cruising Event Calendar on this website or contact one of the Cruising Committee whose detsails are also shown.

Honorary Local Officers

If you prefer to sail alone or further afield there is a network of Honorary Local Officers (HLOs) who can provide information about facilities in their areas; their details are listed in the Yearbook or can be viewed on line in the "Members Only" section of this website. If you do not already have a user name and password, you can get your login details from the RNSA Office.

Cruise Reports and Forum

There is also a wealth of other information recorded in members’ cruise reports published in the Journal which are well worth reviewing before you venture into waters with which you are unfamiliar. A searchable database of cruise reports is also available in the "Members Only" section of the website, along with a Cruising Forum in which you can exchange views and seek advice on cruising matters from fellow members.