Drascombe Association

Welcome to the Drascombe Association

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The Drascombe Association is a group of of over 1000 enthusiasts dedicated to the traditional-style sailing boats designed by the late John Watkinson. Over 5000 Drascombes of all types have been built since the first Lugger was launched in 1966. They are all simple, rugged, and seakindly. (Scroll down this page for the Latest News, or visit our Forum or click the photo to visit our Rally Galleries)

  • Boarding PartyBoarding Party
    David Camlin ©2020
  • Swell SailingSwell Sailing
    Steve Porteous ©2020
  • Sailing into Loch NevisSailing into Loch Nevis
    Andy Biggs ©2020
  • Dabber between lorient and groix islandDabber between lorient and groix island
    Pascal Potin ©2020
  • memory is action this year 2020memory is action this year 2020
    jol wardle ©2020
  • Places to bePlaces to be
    Tom Colville ©2020
  • On the mooring after HurricaneOn the mooring after Hurricane
    Steve Colley ©2020
  • Red SailsRed Sails
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2020
  • port -louis  at the slipwayport -louis at the slipway
    Pascal Potin ©2020
  • Dorus MorDorus Mor
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2020
  • Lost on the West CoastLost on the West Coast
    Steve Porteous ©2020

















DAN & RYA Show
The latest issue of DAN 140, should now be arriving with members. If any member can assist on the association's stand at the RYA show this would be much appreciated, there are a limited number of entrance passes, which John Christie has.

The next deadline for submitting content to the DAN is 1 April 2022. Please ensure you have the copyright for any material you submit.

Please submit any change of address to the membership sec. to ensure you continue to receive your copy of DAN.
Added by AB - 24/01/2022

AGM 2022
Following the success of this year’s AGM and remaining uncertainty about making bookings for a venue,the committee has decided hold the 2022 AGM again via Zoom on Sunday AGM 20th March at 20:00.
This timing will allow members to enjoy their weekend and also enable overseas members to join in. Further information will be posted in the members section of the DA forum.

Members who wish to attend will need to pre-register with the DA Secetary, via email.
Added by AB - 23/01/2022

2021 Photo Competition Voting
Voting is now open for this year's photo competition and will remain open until 28th February 2022 with winners announced at the AGM in March.
To vote you need to be logged in to the forum as a DA member. You can then go to the Photocomp area of the site here and follow the instructions.
Many thanks and the best of luck to all who have submitted photos and videos. Hopefully all entries have been uploaded to your satisfaction but if there are any issues please let us know.
Added by CM - 06/01/2022

New membership applications and change of details received up to 31st December have been processed. There have been 205 new members joined in 2021.

Added by dave s - 31/12/2021

Rally Albums for years 2011-20 are available to view. Click Gallery above. Please send in your sailing photos. info here. We have also added a Members' offsite gallery Archive
Added by jol - 23/01/2018

drasapp Why not add the new Drascombe App to your smartphone or iPad see this thread on the Forum (register for pictures)
Added by jol - 30/04/2013

Membership of the DA runs for 12 months from the date of enrolment for new members who now join the association and the amount increased to £15 (UK) on 1st January 2012.
(Renewals are now automated for EU & World Applications and Renewals made after 7/12/13) and for those UK members who joined or renewed after 14/4/16 by Paypal or Go Cardless. Please check the membership secretary's reminder for more details.

Drascombe Association News

DAN is our quarterly hardcopy magazine, mailed out to members. It is written for and by the membership. Please see the guidelines for submitting articles and images for DAN.
(A Sample edited pdf Spring 2021 version is now available for non members; click the cover above to download.)

Contributions (especially pictures or Owner's View items for the About Drascombes page) are always welcome and should be sent to Chris . Please see the guidelines for website submissions.

The Drascombe Forum is the place where you can ask questions, have discussions, and research anything to do with Drascombes. Here are the most recent active topics:

Books - Featured Book

Practical Dinghy Cruiser
Paul Constantine

Dinghy Cruising is a popular, practical activity, pursued by hundreds if not thousands of sailors. Surprisingly, there is no recognized, single style of craft specifically for this sport. Each person taking it up must find their own boat and then modify it to make it suitable for their own chosen undertaking. This book is the key to unlocking that whole experience, on a tight budget.