Drascombe Association

Events 2020

`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 2020 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.

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List of 2020 Events

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List updated 21/01/2020

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Feb 15th
Shorebased
DA Ireland reunion SKERRIESGarry OwensMeet for brunch at Skerries Mills, and take a walking tour of the features of this prizewinning town. Wind down with our DA business in Skerries SC and a catered dinner in the clubhouse, by kind permission. More directions and accommodation information to follow. See Skerries website
March 7th
Shorebased
Northern Area Spring walkAndy BiggsThe spring walk for 2020 will start at Clough Head car park BB4 4AT, please meet ready to walk at 11am
March 20th
Shorebased
South Coast SupperPeter TipladyThe South Coast Drascombers will be holding their usual Informal Supper at Chichester Yacht Club ‘dining from the hatch’ - a great chance to catch up and make plans for the coming season. Email Pete at tipladys(at)tiscali.co.uk or phone 01273 965926 to book your places: (regular attendees will be notified by email).
March 21st
Shorebased
DA AGMNiall WardropThe AGM of our association will be held at the Tall Ship which is moored outside the Glasgow Transport Museum. The meeting starts 2PM
May 9th and 10th

KIELDER WATERChris MasonBased at Kielder Water sailing club. A good opportunity for Drascombe owners north and south of the border to meet up for some early season pottering on Kielder. The sailing club have an open day and small racing event that same weekend and we are very welcome to take advantage of the galley service and evening meals that they are organising. Visitors are welcome to camp / motorhome / caravan. Sleeping aboard is also possible either on trailer or afloat but not on the pontoon.
May 15th to 17th

CORK HARBOURJack O'KeeffeEuropean Maritime Day, Seafest and RCYC 300 year anniversary are being held on Cork Harbour to coincide with our Drascombe Rally. Lots of villages and attractions to visit by land or water
May 23rd to 30th

CRAOBH and 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 enjoy cruising or other local sails as folk wish.
May 26th to 28th
SSD
PITSFORD RESERVOIRJohn ChristieIincludes the 12th Robbie’s Race. Really nice location and sailing. There will be Dinner on the Wednesday evening. There will be a short meeting to discuss any Drascombe Association business and to elect the Drascombe Association Regional Representative.
CANCELLED
May 29th to 31st or June 12 to 14

DARTMark WilkinsonCancelled due to lack of suitable tide
June 5th to 7th

BRIXHAMMike LloydBased at Brixham Yacht Club, the Rally will take in some of the more remote anchorages in and around Torbay with the aim of allowing Teign-based boats easy passage home at its conclusion. Facilities at the Club for liveaboarders, with lots of B&B and camping options nearby for the rest. Suitable both for beginners and old salts. No organiser's fee.
June 5th to 7th
SSD
KENNET & AVON CANALJohn ChristieInland water cruising. Interesting navigation of the Kennett and Avon broad canal. We will launch at Newbury to navigate to Crofton. Bed and Breakfast or live on board or camp locally. Sixth Rally to navigate Kennet and Avon Canal, probably two to go to Reading! A CRT Navigation short-term licence will be necessary, and your boat is exempt from the Boat Safety Scheme. Please obtain well in advance – online is best. Discuss with John if necessary. Full details in rally instructions. CRT licence required in advance. £5.00 payable to organiser. Please book early.
June 26th to 28th
SSD
RIVER WEYStephen DeakinBased at the National Trust's Dapdune Wharf in the heart of Guildford we will cruise the Trust's beautiful River Wey. The Steam Boat Association are also holding a rally at Dapdune Wharf on the same weekend and it is likely that they will offer us an opportunity to cruise in their beautiful steam powered river launches. This is river cruising at its best. Numbers are limited so please apply early. Liveaboard, camp (small tents) or B and B.
June 27th

CONISTONAndy BiggsCome to the true home of “Swallows and Amazons”. Treasure hunt on the Saturday, followed by a “bring your own” BBQ and music on the Saturday evening. Participants are welcome to arrive earlier in the week or stay on afterwards. See the FORUM
July TBC
Liveaboard
Fal cruiseDick PizeyPreliminary notice of the event Join Solent based sailors trailing to the Fal for a week of sailing
July 19th to 21st
SSD
CARDIFF BAYJohn ChristieAll members and guests very welcome. We will be based at Cardiff Yacht Club and at the Mermaid Quay. Plenty of great sailing, river exploration and an excursion through the locks out to the Bristol Channel – optional! Scope to join by sea and to arrive/depart early/late. Full details in rally instructions. Small charge for mooring and free parking and launching. £5.00 payable to organiser. Please book early.
Late July
Liveaboard
FORTH & CLYDEGraham RussellFalkirk Wheel to Port Edgar via Stirling. Graham Russell hopes to lead a small raid out of the Forth and Clyde Canal up the tidal Forth to Stirling then back down the Forth to Port Edgar below the Queensferry crossing. Numbers will be limited to three, possibly four, coasters or similar with experienced skippers. Crew may also be needed. It will probably start mid week as it is very tide dependent and will take three or four days.
July 30th & 31st
SSD
West Ardnamurchan RegattaDave SymeAnnual fun regatta based at Kilchoan. There is a magnificent trophy for the best Drascombe over the two days of sailing. A day's racing on Thursday, Morning only on Friday. In the afternoon there are rowing, canoeing and power boat races. Special Drascombe prize. Beer tent all day, Ceilidh at night.
Aug 1st for a wek or so
SSD
Stephen DeakinThe Llangollen and Montgomery are beautiful canals with much of interest to see from the world's highest aqueduct to long tunnels to gorgeous scenery. We will also try and cruise the currently isolated ten mile stretch of the Monty if this is possible. This is a truly outstanding area with much to do both off and on the water. This is a week long multi-day holiday rally beginning on the Saturday - leave when you wish. Liveaboard, or camp, or B and B.
Aug 12th to 16th

BALTIMOREJack O'KeeffeWe return to Roaringwater Bay for this major event of cruising round islands with beach games ashore, and good food and music in the evenings. Perfect Drascombe territory with stunning scenery.
Aug 21st to 23rd
SSD
Gloucester Ring TripJohn ChristieThe Gloucester Ring Trip will be run in 2020 on Saturday 22 August. The tides are suitable and a good turnout is expected. This is a unique chance to navigate, in experienced company, the River Severn Estuary travelling 40 minutes behind the Severn Bore from Lydney to Gloucester and back the same day on the Gloucester Sharpness Canal. You can arrange to see the bore the day before or after. Upriver cruise to Bullo for breakfast on the Sunday. Full details and briefing notes are available on receipt of Application Form CRT licence required in advance. £5.00 to organiser. Please book early.
Sep 2nd to 4th
Liveaboard
Lomond Feeder CruiseAlan WilliamsThe Lomond feeder cruise has proved popular with both open boats and live aboards alike. Balloch has become the preferred launching site with large slipway and adequate parking. Arriving on Wednesday 2nd September, the group will stop overnight amongst islands, heading north to Ardlui Marina following day. Ardlui Hotel has rooms or “glamping pods” for those wishing to stay onshore overnight. Friday 4th September, we will return to the islands, joining the main Rally attendees.
Sep 5th & 6th

LOCH LOMONDAlan WilliamsLomond Rally will muster on North Beach on Inchmurrin, sailing around islands before returning to Inchmurrin Hotel for overnight. Please note that The hotel runs a ferry service which would enable non sailing members to attend evening meal.
Sep 12th &13th

ULLSWATERAndy BiggsThis year's Ullswater rally is being held jointly with the OGA, trailer section at Glenridding Sailing Centre. Fee £45. It may be necessary to limit numbers, so early booking would be appreciated. On Friday evening we can eat in the pub. Saturday there will be a treasure hunt (No anagrams this year) & a bring your own BBQ. Musicians pwelcome. If you can take extra crew let Andy know. See the FORUM
Oct 2nd to 4th
SSD
Basingstoke Canal Autumn colours rallyStephen DeakinThe Basingstoke is the quietest and prettiest canal in the south of England. It is heavily tree lined and the Autumn colours are usually spectacular. It is still warm in the south of England in early October so do come and join this last rally of the season! Live aboard, camp, or B and B.

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Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
TBC

Dutch Rally ProgrammeMichel MaartensThe rally programme of the NKDE is published here

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Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
May 23th - 30th
Liveaboard
Sail CaledoniaThe Great Glen Boating ClubA professionally organised event involving cruising, camping racing and partying from Fort William to Inverness. See the website for details and to enter. See DAN 132, page 44
June 13th to 20th

Seafair Haven 2020Talll Ships Wales TrustA well-loved event with a local team ready to welcome old friends and newbies alike. The event is based out of the Lawrenny Arms pub, affectionately known as 'The Doghouse'. There will be a convivial programme on-water and on-shore, details to be announced in due course. camping options avaiable. See the website
Aug 1st & 2nd

WHITSTABLE HARBOURWhitstable MaritimeFull of entertainment and experiences on land and sea with 50 local and national organisations taking part, along with a fleet of traditional barges. If you fancy showing off amongst the great & good contact Dick Pizey. See the FORUM for more
Aug 10th to 16th

Drascamp 2020Drascombe CBLBased at Suffolk Yacht Harbour on the River Orwell we will be able to explore the Orwell and the Stour as well as the Walton Backwaters – setting for the Arthur Ransome book ‘Secret Water’. A family friendly event with lots to see and visit locally as well as enjoying your Drascombe on the water. Drascombe (CBL) are supporting and organising this not for profit event – for details contact sharon(at)drascombe.uk and see the FORUM

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

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