The Cruising Association has a packed programme of interactive webinars, prizes, discounts and plenty of opportunities to connect during its virtual Spring Promo Week, 21 – 27 March, with something for all the sail and motor cruising community.
“Wherever in the world you are, our virtual Spring Promo Week is a fantastic opportunity for sail and motor enthusiasts to access the Cruising Association’s specialist know-how and discover what the CA can do for you,” said Lucy Gray, CA General Manager. “Timed to coincide with the fitting-out season, the event is inclusive to benefit both members and non-members.”
Zoom and LiveChat one-to-one sessions from 21 March – 25 March will offer the opportunity to explore their wealth of cruising knowledge, take an online tour through the members’ website, experience CAptain’s Mate app and get a taste of what the CA membership offers. Skippers looking for crew and vice versa can discuss opportunities for the 2022 season with our Crewing Service team.
Zoom sessions are bookable in 30 minute time slots and for LiveChat non-members can simply click on the website button.
Join the CA with discounted membership
Spring Promo Week offers a significant financial incentive to join the CA, with a 25 per cent discount off the first year’s membership when paying by Direct Debit. From 21 March 2022, enter the discount code MPW22 when joining at www.theca.org.uk/join.
For existing members who ‘Refer a Friend’ to join (using the special members’ code), as well as the friend receiving a 25 per cent discount, the member earns £20 to spend in the CA shop and automatic entry into their Prize Draw to win a VirCru boat security sensor system launch package worth £435.99.
A series of four free interactive webinars via Zoom will showcase the style of expert ‘knowledge sharing’ lectures and events the Cruising Association offers during the year.
The talk on 23 March is also in-person at CA House, London, where attendees can meet members and other sail and motor cruisers and enjoy the hospitality of our clubhouse. Webinar registration is open at: www.theca.org.uk/ca-spring-promo-week/webinars
Tuesday 22 March, 1900-2000 hours: Buying a second-hand boat and what to look for
Dr Jeff Callander shares his expertise, which is equally helpful for someone buying their first cruising boat, trading up or swapping to a smaller yacht or motor cruiser.
Wednesday 23 March, 1900 hours: Cruising USA east to west coast via the Panama Canal
After crossing the Atlantic in 2010, Michael and Anne Hartshorn enjoyed four years’ cruising the US east coast, Cuba and the Bahamas before continuing their round the world adventure. Via Zoom or in-person at CA House (£4 members/£7 non-members).
Thursday 24 March, 1900-2000 hours: Getting ready to sail from the UK to the Med
Joel Tatham shares his experience on equipment and technology for a voyage to the Med, as well as his insights on blue water upgrades, building a RaspberryPi chart plotter, making a vlog and why he thinks using a sextant is critical for ocean sailors.
Saturday 26 March, 1400-1500 hours: Preparation is the Key to Safety
Duncan Wells – author of the ‘Stress Free’ range of sail and motor books and most recently ‘101 Tips for Stress Free Sailing’ – lives and breathes sailing, navigation and instruction. Hear his expert insights on why thinking ahead is vital to prevent problems.
CA membership opens the door to a wide range of discounts from its marine partners, and for Spring Promo Week they have negotiated extra discounts.
Adlard Coles / AquaMarine / Bruntons Propellers / Crusader Sails / Jimmy Green / Icom / Imray / Navionics / Ship Shape Bedding / Topsail Insurance – and when you join the CA during Spring Promo Week you can access these discounts too.
Open to members and those joining during Spring Promo Week, the Big Winter Prize Draw to win a Crusader Sails Super Zero sail and deck stowage bag, worth over £2,000, closes at 1700 hours on 23 March 2022. The next day the Big Summer Prize Draw for a £2,000 AquaMarine fit-out voucher opens. Members and non-members can also enter the CA Prize Draw for a CA bundle, including a one-night cabin stay for two at CA House.