Drascombe Association

Events 2017

`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 2017 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.

are Events that celebrate the golden jubilee of the first Drascombe Lugger and the 30th (pearl) anniversary of the DA

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 £3 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.

A newly (2010) produced 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 2017 Events

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List updated 14/12/2017

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Jan 6th
East Coast Winter GatheringJulian Merson Inspired by last year's success Julian is offering a lunchtime gathering and a stroll, rendezvous at noon at Pin Mill on the river Orwell.
Feb 17th
IrelandJack O'KeeffePreliminary notice of the spring reunion date. Venue to be confirmed - probably Malahide or Howth
March 3rd
North Area Spring WalkAndy BiggsPut a spring in your step in spring for a magical mystery walk. Watch this space for demystification
March 10th
PortsmouthDick PizeyPreliminary notice:- DA Annual General Meeting will be held as an excuse to enjoy the sights of Portsmouth and meet and greet friends
March 23rd
Drascombe Supper - Chichester YCRichard GoldsmithJoin other Drascombers at an informal evening meal held at Chichester Yacht Club. Catch up and plan the forthcoming season.
May 4th to 7th
Solent based Rally Dick PizeyMore details here and in DAN soon
May 12th and 13th
LOCH TUMMELDave SymeDay sailing in a beautiful location Probable cruise to the island (7 miles). Dinner in clubhouse Sat evening (BYOB) Pontoon/pier or anchorage for liveaboards, camping/campervan possible on site.
May 25th & 26th to June 2nd
CRAOBH & WEST COASTBob HeasmanWelcome to our regular early summer Scottish West Coast event at our favourite location of Craobh Haven. Day sailing for the first weekend, and if you are able to come for longer, then cruising or other local sails as folk wish.
May 25th to 28th
BH RallyDick PizeyVenue to be confirmed but will be ideally suitable for the smaller boats.
May 26th to 28th
PLYMOUTHChris MurrayBased at Plymouth Yacht Haven. More information to follow
May 30th & 31st
Pitsford RallyPeter RhodesThe eleventh annual Pitsford Rally, featuring Robbie's Race for the handsome Churchouse Boats Trophy.
June 8th to 10th
RIVER DARTMark WilkinsonPreliminary notice of the event dates
June 8th to 10th
Cork HarbourJack O'KeeffeIn partnership with the Cork Harbour Festival, Cruise within the sheltered bay visiting the villages historic sites of Cork Harbour.
June 15th
TORBAY, BrixhanMike LloydPreliminary notice of the event.
June 22nd to 24th
River WEY and GODALMING NavigationsStephen DeakinCruise on one of the oldest and most historically important canals in Britain. This canalised river is a really beautiful and unusual stretch of water which is well worth seeing. The Navigations are owned by the National Trust. We will launch from and moor at night at the Trust’s Dapdune Wharf in the heart of Guildford and we will also aim to visit Godalming. This is a great family cruise Please book early.
July 13th to 15th
FOWEYValerie JordanBased in the picturesque marina in Mixtow Pill, we will be sailing round to Polkerris and Polperro, weather permitting. Friday night dinner at the Quay Cafe and Saturday evening we will motor up one of the cells for a picturesque BBQ. Contact the organiser for details of accommodation in the area - camping at the entrance to the marina, only one hotel nearby, but holiday cottages are available if booked early
July 14th & 15th
CONISTONAndy BiggsCome to the home of Swallows and Amazons, land on Wild Cat Island and sail to the Amazon River, which leads to the Octopus Lagoon. Live aboard or there are several campsites in the area and plenty of B&B's. Friday night meal in local pub or cook on board. Treasure hunt on Saturday and visit the Swallows and Amazons Tearoom at Bank Ground Farm followed by BYO BBQ in the evening. The clubhouse has a bar and fridges for keeping food fresh. On Sunday visit the Blue Bird Cafe' or Brantwood House, home of art critic John Ruskin. Participants are welcome to arrive earlier in the week or stay on after the rally.
July 20th to 22nd
Basingstoke CanalStephen DeakinThe Basingstoke canal is little cruised and it is very pretty. This rally is on the same weekend as the Farnborough air show where the latest, and historic, aircraft are displayed. The canal’s route goes past the end of the airfield runway and we will cruise on the Saturday to watch the air display. On the Sunday we will cruise in the other direction to Odiham Castle ruin from which King John went to sign the Magna Carta in 1215. Two very contrasting days! This is a great family cruise. Liveaboard, or camp, or b and b. Please book early
Aug 15th to 19th
BALTIMOREJack O'KeeffePreliminary notice of dates for the Baltimore Bash 2018. Note we are running a week later than usual on a trial basis
Aug 24th to 27th
Solent based BH RallyDick PizeyMore information will follow
Sep 7th to 9th
FOWEY - Mylor Yacht HarbourMalcolm JonesPreliminary notice of the event
LOCH LOMONDKathleen Mc WhirtherPreliminary notice of this event. Watch this space and the forum for more news
Sep 15th & 16th
ULLSWATERAndy BiggsBased at the Glenridding Sailing Centre. BYO BBQ planned for the Saturday evening, musicians please bring your instruments. There is a club house, changing rooms, free tea/coffee and tractor launch, £45 per boat. Some space for camper vans on site.
Sep 16th to 18th
SALCOMBELyn BarnesMidweek rally - more information to follow


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
June 15th - July 6th approx.
German BalticCarol Fuchs We plan to cruise round the Rügen islands. Starting in the west (Ribnitz-Damgarten), finishing south east (Anklam) returning to the trailers by train after three weeks sailing. This voyage will be fairly easy-going, visiting village harbours or small marinas and eating ashore most nights but there are a lot of beautiful anchorages as well.


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
June 23rd to 29th
Milford Haven Waterways FestivalSeafair HavenThis biennial event is being held in this "Wales year of the Sea" Lots being organised. See website here.
Aug 13th to 19th
Drascamp 2018 - Cleavel Point, PooleSharon Geary Harwood CBLThis event is organised and supported by Churchouse Boats - for more detail contact Sharon or follow the build up on the Facebook page. The event is open to all Drascombes and the many derivatives. Membership of the DA is not required.

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