About Us – Sailing & Cruising Association

Inclusivity on the High Seas Since 1980

Founded in 1980, the Sailing & Cruising Association (S&CA) has been at the forefront of championing inclusivity in the world of sailing. Our core mission has always been to provide a welcoming and safe haven for the LGBT+ community to share their passion for sailing. Over the years, we’ve grown into a vibrant and pivotal community, promoting LGBT+ boating across the UK and beyond, setting a standard in the sailing world for diversity and acceptance.

Where We Sail: Exploring Limitless Horizons

In the spirit of true explorers, the S&CA is not confined to any single body of water. Our members have navigated the bustling waves of the Solent, the serene flow of the Thames Estuary, and ventured as far as the sun-kissed Mediterranean seas. We believe in breaking down barriers, sailing wherever the wind takes us, celebrating the freedom and unity that only the open waters can offer.

Who We Are: A Tapestry of Diversity

Our membership, near 400 strong, is as diverse as the ocean itself. We welcome women and all identities within the LGBT+ spectrum, creating a tapestry of experiences and backgrounds. It’s this diversity that enriches our community, fostering a culture of respect and inclusivity. At S&CA, every member brings a unique wave of character to our collective journey.

Club member boats: A Vessel for Every Sailor

S&CA’s boats are as varied as our membership. From the elegance of yachts to the thrill of powerboats, our array of vessels ensures that whether you’re a seasoned sailor or just starting, there’s a perfect fit for you. Our community thrives on shared experiences, learning, and the joy of sailing together, regardless of the vessel.

Joining Us: Embark on an Unforgettable Voyage

Embarking on an adventure with the S&CA is not just about sailing; it’s about becoming part of a community where passion for the seas meets the spirit of inclusivity. Our membership is affordable and accessible, starting from just £15. Don’t own a boat? That’s not a barrier here. Our skippers are always eager to welcome new crew members aboard, sharing their knowledge and passion for sailing.

Ready to Set Sail with Us?

Whether you’re taking your first steps into sailing or you’re an experienced hand at the helm, the S&CA offers a wealth of opportunities to dive into. Immerse yourself in our rich history, participate in our diverse events, and make your mark in the world of sailing. For more information, explore our Membership and Events pages, and chart your course towards an inclusive sailing adventure.

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