The aims of the Dinghy Cruising Association are to

  • Promote the use of sailing dinghies for purposes other than racing
  • Support the sharing of information arising from this in the Journal and via the web
  • Encourage the development of regional groups to organise rallies where members may meet and sail together
  • Assist beginners to take up dinghy cruising

Based in the UK, the DCA has members worldwide, and operates under these Rules. Read about the origins of the DCA in 1955.

Promoting dinghy cruising & sharing information


Dinghy Cruising is the Association's quarterly journal. Formerly the DCA Bulletin, it has been published continuously since 1955 and is available only to members. Designed and edited to a professional standard with 60 to 64 A4 pages, most in full colour, Dinghy Cruising provides a wealth of inspiration and practical advice. See a selection of articles here.


Technical advice on any aspect of dinghy cruising is available to members from our two technical advisers: George Saffrey and Dave Jennings. If they do not know the answer, they will find it for you.

Members collectively are a fount of knowledge which they share generously - in articles and letters in the Journal and via our discussion forum.


The DCA has a comprehensive lending library of books about cruising in small boats and related matters. Members may borrow books and back copies of the Dinghy Cruising journal. For full details, download the library list. The Librarian's contact details are in Dinghy Cruising journal sent to all members. 


Two awards are made each year for best articles in Dinghy Cruising: Naylor Noggin for the best log of a cruise in a sailing dinghy, and Peter Bick Cup, 'Peter's Pint' for best technical article. Read more…

Meeting & sailing together

Five regional groups cover the North West; South West; South; East; and North East coasts of the UK. The groups organise busy sailing and social programmes - sometimes venturing beyond the confines of their own regions. Rallies are also held overseas - either by local or UK-based members. Read more…

Members not near a regional group may contact other members locally to meet up and sail together via our forum.

A breath of fresh air

Dinghy cruising - whether adventuring or pottering - is a breath of fresh air in a competitive world, where day to day life is increasingly disconnected from the rhythms - and power - of nature.

DCA President, Roger Barnes, speaking on Dinghy Cruising at the RYA Dinghy show

For inspiration,
connection with like minded people
& practical advice:
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Since 1955…

The Dinghy Cruising Association is the friendly club with a sense of adventure

For sailors and families who use boats for more than just racing

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Dinghy Cruising is the Association's quarterly journal. Published continuously since 1955 it is available only to members. More…


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