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 16/08/2017

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Aug 25th to 27th
WEXFORD HARBOURJohn & Darina TullyIreland Region Grand Fleet Event. Hosted by Wexford Harbour SC. Explore the lower Slaney river and the estuary with its famous birdlife and built heritage from the Viking and Norman times. Convenient to Rosslare ferryport and to the UK public holiday. Sheltered waters, camping at the venue. More information here
Sep 1st to 3rd
LOUGH DERGAlec Bell & Joe FitzpatrickWe return to Dromineer and LDYC upgraded facilities for our autumn sweetwater event. Visits to the lakeside villages planned.
Sep 2nd & 3rd
LOCH LOMONDDavid McWirtherThis annual two day rally allows regular attendees and those who have not yet enjoyed sailing on Loch Lomond a chance to do so by taking in the 30+ islands and secluded beaches. We plan to have our Saturday evening meal at the Inchmurrin Hotel, where boats can moor just outside. Joining instructions are here Please confirm attendance at least one week prior to the event to allow catering arrangements to be confirmed for the Saturday night meal.
3rd Sep
POOLEDick PizeyUnconfirmed dates for Poole Rally.
Sep 8th to 10th
Fowey RallyVal JordanPontoon moorings with full facilities at Penmarlam Quay and easy sailing in the Fowey estuary and nearby coast west to St Austell Bay or east to Polperro. Land based accommodation and camping nearby. Lovely sail round to the Fal estuary for the following week's rally for those who wish to do so.
Sep 12th
SolentGeoff AstonPreliminary notice of day sail suiting small Drascombes about Tuesday 12th September launching at Hythe Marina or Calshot depending on weather , sailing in local Solent area or Southampton Water. glebe_cottage2(at)hotmail.com. More to follow - check here again at the end of August
Sep 15th to 17th
FALMOUTHVal Jordan Join Val on the Fal - Pontoon moorings at Mylor Yacht Club and extensive sailing within the lovely Fal estuary and adjacent South Cornwall coast. Brilliant for small Drascombes - several holiday cottages right next to the marina for those who want to join Val and Dave staying for the whole week; otherwise plenty of B&B in nearby Mylor Bridge.
Sep 15th to 17th
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal RallyJohn ChristieNavigate the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in company. Based near Pencelli. Gentle cruising. Stunning countryside in September. Full details available on application. Camping, B and B, sleep on board. Please book early. Discuss with John if needed. £3.00 payable to Rally Organiser. SSD. Please book early.
Sep 16th & 17th
ULLSWATERAndy BiggsHosted by Ullswater Yacht Club, a new venue for a rally and a fantastic place to sail as part of the 30/50 celebrations. Camping on site available, as well as meals in the club house.
Sep 22nd to 24th
NORFOLK BROADSJulian Mersonreturn to the southern Broads, and the River Waveney in particular, exploring the stretch from Oulton Broad through to Beccles, possibly beyond. Exceptionally well suited to small Drascombes and very children-friendly. Details on the FORUM . Keep an eye on this page over the coming weeks since any further details will be put on there.
Sep 29th to Oct 1st
1ST October RallyDick PizeySolent based cruise
6th to 8th October
BASINGSTOKE CANALStephen DeakinAutumnal colours cruise of the Hampshire part of the Basingstoke Canal. The Canal, a SSSI, is very quiet and full of wildlife, fauna, odonata and bankside trees. Its colours in autumn can be magnificent. The ruin of King John’s Castle, Odiham, is our destination. The Canal was constructed through the Castle bailey in 1792. The King went from the Castle to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta in June 1215. We will raise a toast of gratitude for liberty! No locks, one aqueduct and one lift bridge. Thirty miles from London, but a different world. This is a great family cruise. Please book early.
Nov 11th
Andy BiggsSaturday 11 November Northern Region end-of-season walk. Venue to be decided, please watch the forum or contact Andy Biggs
Nov 17th
South Coast SupperAndy PeterAn opportunity to join fellow enthusiasts at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for an informal meal in good company, to look back on the 2017 season and to start planning for 2018. Please note new venue. Contact Andy Peter for details and definitely if you plan to attend.
Nov 25th
Scottish Year End Mary ThomasHosted by the Royal Tay Yacht Club. Dundee offers lots to do beforehand. Includes Scottish AGM where we plan next year’s activities. Plenty of accommodation nearby, book a space by the club house for your camper van by contacting Mary.


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Sep 1st to 3rd
NKDE Summer MeetingAnneke and José OostBeulakker Initiate, Netherlands Finally call back in the middle of the country, in a beautiful nature reserve. The shallow (and often only accessible by Drascombes) islands and ditches which can be accessed by skippers with very good local knowledge. Saturday night dinner for the fans. Please register with the circle secretary Margot Schaake, e-mail: maschaake(at)ziggo.nl
Oct 30th to Nov 5th
23rd Traditional Wadden WeekendMichel Maartens, tww2017(at)drascombe.nl Den Oever Zuiderhaven, Sluiskolkkade Den Oever, Netherlands Gray, wet, cold, often foggy, sometimes frosty, where the wind blows us, probably with previous feeder from Huizen.


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
Sept 8th to 10th
OGA Ullswater RallyOGA - Chris BeesonGlenridding Sailing Centre Once again, the OGA (aka the Old Gaffers) invite Drascombe Association members to join them for a rally on one of the Lake District's most beautiful waters. The sailing is based at the Glenridding Sailing Centre - a mecca for traditional small boats - with some light-hearted racing, cruising in company, and socialising with fellow-enthusiasts. This year, the rally takes place just a week before the Drascombe rally at the Ullswater Sailing Club, so you may like to enjoy a week in the area and attend each event, with the shortest ever feeder cruise up the lake from one venue to the other. There's no formal advance registration for the OGA rally, but it would help if you could let Chris Beeson 01772 702675 know your intention to attend."

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