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

05 April 2018Cruising

East Coast 'Work up'

East Coast

Each year we cajole our boats out of refit by an 'early' work up around the Orwell Estuary...and the promise of some fun in the 'Backwaters'. Do you have the rule - "fix it in a day .....

16 February 2018General

Radio 4, Long Wave Shipping Forecast 19 May 2018

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For one day only the mid day forcast is going to be delayed until 1257 BST. The MCA have accepted notification from BBC R4 tha,t on Saturday 19th May the 1201 Long Wave Shipping Forecast .....

15 January 2018General

Electronic Navigation Conference 18th April 2018.

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For those not heading to Zeebrugge for the Zeebrugge Raid Commemorations on 20/23 April the Royal Institute of Navigation would welcome attendees at the Electronic Navigation Conference .....

13 December 2017Cruising

Dart Harbour Newsletter 11 December 2017

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Extract re changes to Term and Conditions for Dartmouth Moorings Harbour Charges for 2018/19 At the Annual Meeting, held on Wednesday 6th December the harbour charges for 2018/19 .....

27 September 2017Cruising


East Coast

12 Boats met up in the Orwell for the last Rally of the Season Determined to make the best of the end-of season rally and given a spring tide and benign winds 12 RNVR YC and RNSA boats .....

24 September 2017Cruising

Berthing and Layup facilities in Scotland

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Details of RNSA Members self help scheme which might be of interest to cruising members The RNSA on the Clyde - as part of a developing facility for its members - has negotiated its .....

29 August 2017Cruising

East Coast beats 'Med'!

East Coast

The Gods smiled on the RNSA East Coast Summer Ramble Not renowned for languid beaches, the North Sea weather mounted a charm offensive between 18 and 28 August. Our dutiful Extra Master .....

04 June 2017Cruising

RNSA East Coast Branch attend the 86th Little Ship Club Calais Rally

East Coast

The Little Ship Club Calais Rally was the usual splendid occasion overseen by Norman Hummerstone MBE (96), who has attended the Rally since 1948. Easterly winds in the North Sea .....

02 May 2017Cruising

Tollesbury - bump in over the marsh!

East Coast

The May Bank Holiday saw a rare visit to Tollesbury by the East Coast Branch. As a green submarine lieutenant faced with de-generating generators I managed to persuade my team and .....

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 .....

21 March 2017Cruising

Portsmouth Cruising Group


March 2017 Newsletter...

Cruising Events


Date Event Venue Branch
19 - 24 Apr 18 Zeebrugge Raid Commemoration(at Zeebrugge) Zeebrugge (Weather Dependent) East Coast
05 - 07 May 18 Queenborough Queenborough East Coast
12 May 18 Mupe Bay rally Portland Portland
19 May 18 The famous Clyde Marina pre-season Hog Roast and Drinks. Time: 6 pm till 8 pm Place: Clyde Marina Ardrossan Clyde
25 - 28 May 18 Calais Calais East Coast
02 - 03 Jun 18 RNSA Clyde Branch - BBQ & Drinks With a short sail. Location: The Clyde Marina Ardrossan. - Overnight berthing will be required if not a berth holder (please call the office ) Clyde
30 Jun - 01 Jul 18 RNSA/RNVR YC Meeting Woolverstone East Coast
28 Jul - 28 Aug 18 BBQ West Mersea East Coast
25 - 27 Aug 18 Woodbridge & Ramsholt Deben - Woodbridge and Ramsholt East Coast
08 Sep 18 RNSA Clyde Branch Cruising - Rendezvous and Cruise to Portavadie. Cruise to Portavadie. Clyde
15 - 16 Sep 18 RNVR YC & RNSA EAST COASTERS RALLY Burnham-on-Crouch East Coast
13 - 14 Oct 18 AGM West Mersea 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.