Drascombe Association

Events 2018

`Nice? It's the ONLY thing,' said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. `Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,' he went on dreamily: `messing--about--in--boats; messing--about in boats--or WITH boats,' the Rat went on composedly, picking himself up with a pleasant laugh.

"In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."

- Kenneth Graham - The Wind in the Willows

The events planned for the 2018 season are listed below. The contact details of organisers are shown in DAN. If an event is "greyed out", then you've missed it! But look out for the writeups on the Articles page and photos in the Galleries.

Events marked SSD are especially Suitable for Smaller Drascombes.

The events are split into three sections: rallies organised by Association Members, events organised by our Dutch colleagues (NKDE), and other non-Drascombe events, likely to be of interest to Drascombe sailors. Note that names alongside non-DA events are Drascombe contacts not event organisers (unless stated).

You must complete an Application Form if you wish to attend an event. Application forms are supplied with the DAN.

Members will find a link to a downloadable version of the application form in the Rally Toolkit in the Members section of the Forum.
(You must be logged in and registered as a DA member to see this section).

There is a £5 registration fee for each event, payable to the organiser, unless stated. Rallies are only open to members of the Association - details of how to join the Association are here.

Send the completed form, with your registration fee (if one is specified), to the organiser whose name appears against the event. Members will find a link to a list of organisers with their contact details in DAN and in the Rally Toolkit in the Members section of the Forum.
If you would like some more information before deciding to attend any of the events all you need to do is to contact the organiser concerned - they will be glad to hear from you.

The committee encourages any Association member to organise additional rallies and will provide assistance if required. Please contact Jack O'Keeffe.

The revised (2018) guide to rallies is available for attendees and organisers to download.

to view a past year's events, click the available year in the right menu, then click the radio button "show all events" below, to see past events greyed out (+ events still to come from present year & beyond)

List of 2018 Events

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List updated 20/09/2018

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Oct 13th
Northern EOS walk (NEW VENUE)Andy BiggsNew Venue - Rivington. Please meet at The Great House Barn Café, near Go Ape, ready to walk at 11am Post Code BL6 7SB There is plenty of free parking. We'll plan to walk up to Rivington Pike Tower. Please bring a packed lunch but I'm sure we'll visit the café on our return. We visited here two years ago and could always do the walk in a reverse direction this time ! Please indicate your intention to attend - thanks
Nov 10th
Scottish AGM /SocialMary ThomasCome and join us at the Royal Tay Yacht Club Broughty Ferry. In the morning we will be walking around Tentsmuir in Fife and eating crepes or visiting the newly opened V and A museum in Dundee; in the afternoon there will be homemade cake and coffee and followed by a Drascombe ‘question and answer session’ based on your season’s experiences in Drascombes. If there is interest a ‘bring and buy’ sale of Drascombe bits might be organised. The AGM starts at 5pm and will finish in plenty time for dinner, 6 30 for 7pm. As before there is accommodation for camper vans in the club car park, other accommodation locally is easy to find, contact Mary if you need help. More detail near the time, but booking and meal choices preferable by November 2nd.
Jan 05th
TBAJulian Merson East coast winter gathering: Saturday 5th January 2019. Lunchtime pub meal - venue TBA. (Suitable venue ideas welcomed)
Feb 16th 2019
Winter Reunion - Ireland RegionJack O'KeeffePreliminary notice of this event
June 7th to 9th

CORK HARBOURJack O'KeeffeVisit the villages and towns of Cork Harbour taking advantage of the 2019 Harbour Festival.
June 21st to 23rd

BrixhamMike LloydBased at BYC. Preliminary notice of the event.


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Oct 6th to 8th
Kobbeduinen TochtSyste TerpstraSee http://www.nkde.nl/agenda/opgeven-voor-kobbeduinen-tocht/ for this event.


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details

On longer cruises it is best to plan as if you were going to make the trip on your own. Have adequate safety gear, communications, spare parts and tools to suit the itinerary. The other boats are there for company and reassurance, not to be relied upon for basic needs.

The booklet SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR RECREATIONAL BOAT USERS provides guidance on appropriate equipment and preparations. It is available from the RYA, 0845 345 0400 or the RNLI, 0845 122 6999. Both also provide other guidelines and checklists.

PLEASE tell the organiser AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

  • That you are coming and are insured
  • If you need help
  • If you cancel or will arrive late
  • If you leave the rally early