The most useful (and least expensive) cruising club membership you can have in northwestern Europe. A goldmine of published information and local contacts for yachtsmen. The headquarters of the Cruising Association, by the Thames River, has an extensive library, cabins for overnight stays, lectures, and social events, and its own marina.
The annual rendezvous of the Seven Seas Cruising Association in Florida with seminars, socializing and a swap meet, attracts over 1,000 cruisers afloat and ashore. 2 pages with photos.