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

10 April 2020Cruising

Cruising Events Updates

RC (Cruising)

Planned national 2020 events are being cancelled. With transport restrictions in the UK and border regulations in the EU a number of events we have been planning and looking forward .....

02 February 2020Cruising



The 2020 programme is published and entered as events in the RNSA Calendar. Attached file too....

04 December 2019Cruising

Portland Trophy awards


The Portland Trophy and two cash prizes are awarded for entertaining and informative cruising articles submitted by members during the season. This year there were five entries submitted, .....

30 October 2019Cruising

CG 2020 - Clyde Gathering 2020 & Beyond

RC (Cruising)

CG 2020 is a week of celebration, entertainment and some sailing. The aim. After the success of the RNSA & RNVR 's D-Day 75 trip to France, this is designed to encourage members to .....

14 October 2019Cruising

Dunkirk 80 Years On

RC (Cruising)

Five year return of Dunkirk Little Ships to Dunkirk. Preliminary Calling notice updated to include ADLS dates. Preliminary Calling Notice May 2020 It will be a spectator event with .....

18 September 2019Cruising

Bradwell - 'Everything stops for Tide!'RNSA\RNVR YC Meeting 14/15 September 2019

East Coast

Bradwell is best visited by boat, as our frustrated engineers discovered. A perfect forecast of sunshine and light winds had the East Coast RNSA and RNVR YC making a rendez-vous at .....

27 August 2019Cruising

Wheedling out the secrets of the River Ore 23-26 August 2019

East Coast

The East Coast Branch Rally to Harwich then Aldeburgh and Orford must have received Arthur Ransome's blessing East Coasters discovered the remedy for a blistering Bank Holiday: the .....

09 August 2019Cruising

Sortie to West Mersea - Vivien's BBQ - 3 August 2019

East Coast

Our annual Barbecue and Swimming Test at Vivien's Alpha House drew upon the social awareness needed to cope with exceptional spring tides If you were an oyster you couldn't fare much .....

24 June 2019Cruising

NL75 -An East Coast Perspective

East Coast

The organisation of the RNSA\RNVRYC Commemoration Service and the Dinner with the Mayor held special poignancy as the commemoration of D-Day moves from the last memories and eye-witness .....

02 June 2019Cruising

Calais Rally 2019

East Coast

The Little Ships Club yet again prove great hosts: Another year, another Calais Rally! Some late cancellations following engine, health and work problems resulted in three RNSA .....

12 May 2019Cruising

Visitors Mooring Buoys Helford River and St Mawes


New mooring buoys planned We have experienced some trouble with the pick up line and mooring pendants on these moorings getting entangled around the riser chain. These moorings will .....

08 May 2019Cruising

The Second Battle of Maldon (Vikings 1 Saxons 0 (Again!)

East Coast

The Heybridge Rally (4/5 May) attracted a rather unexpected series of defections but we took another lesson in history! The East Coast May Bank Holiday Rally was the subject of meticulous .....

04 February 2019Cruising

RNSA FALMOUTH Cruising Group


2019 Programme now Available Once again this year we have a combined programme RNSA and RCYC – we have many members in common and historically our most successful ventures have been .....

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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.