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 12/09/2017

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Nov 11th
Andy BiggsThe plan is to walk up Pendle Hill. Please meet in the pay and display car park in Barley, ready to walk at 11AM. There is also a café there, so arrive earlier if you fancy a drink. Bring a packed lunch but I'm certain we'll visit the café on our return. There is no booking but an indication of coming along would be appreciated. If the weather is bad we'll still walk, if its really bad we'll just drink tea and eat cake.
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
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

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