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|`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 2013 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 the Association,
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 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 same place on the forum as the application form.
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)
List of 2013 Events
|Drascombe Association Events|
|Malahide||Jack O'Keeffe||Booking date for the Malahide winter social |
|May 02nd to 5th|
|CHICHESTER HARBOUR||Dick Pizey||Based in the harbour and very weather dependant. Suitable for Live aboards. Possible visit to Bembridge and/or Portsmouth.
|May 10th & 11th|
|RUTLAND WATER||Julian Merson||Details, including costs to be confirmed early in the new year.
See FORUM for more and ongoing updates|
|May 23rd to 25th|
|CHICHESTER MARINA||Dick Pizey||Based in Chichester marina with full use of facilities. Marina fee to be confirmed but approx. £45.00 for weekend Inc. slipway and parking. Especially suitable for new owners and children.
Camping available adjacent to marina, B&B and hard camping available locally.
Day sailing in the harbour.
Rally fee of £3.00 payable to organiser.|
|May 28th &29th|
|Pitsford Rally & Robbie's Race||Peter Rhodes||Held on Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire, Robbie's Race is the only organised (?) race in the Drascombe Association calendar. Why not come along and compete for the handsome Churchouse Boats trophy while enjoying good company, lakeside camping, fine food and all the facilities of a first-class sailing club? The fee will be held at £35 the same as 2013, to be paid on arrival, plus the usual £3 admin fee. |
|Southwest Series: PLYMOUTH ||Chris Murray||Based at Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina (20% discount on marina charges) Supper in The Bridge Cafe Barbecue on the Friday night on the Mountbatten Beach.
After the rally an ‘informal’ sail around Lynher, Tamar, Yealm until the following weekend is planned.
By extending the time in Plymouth It would also make it more worth while for those coming from afar.
Storage ashore gratis at Pennywell Farm is available to facilitate participants in Dart and Torbay rallys.|
|June 20th to 22nd||Southwest series: TORBAY||Mike Lloyd||Preliminary notice of event date|
|June 27th to 29th||Southwest series: RIVER DART||Mark Wilkinson||Preliminary notice of event|
|2014 - June 28th & 29th|
|WELLS NEXT THE SEA||Richard Price||Wells harbour dries out so sailing, launching & recovering possible only about two and a half hours either side of HW.Friday 27th arrive and launch from 1730 onwards (HW is at 1946). Harbour Master has again offered pontoon moorings (and showers etc for those sleeping aboard). Reception and briefing at Wells Sailing Club from 1930. Saturday (HW 0804 and 2022) a choice of single tide sailing morning and evening, or a two tide sail East or West from Wells depending on forecast. Evening BBQ on beach. Sunday (HW 0840) choice of sailing or creek crawling (mast down) to see local wildlife (seals, birds) for smaller Drascombes e.g. Dabbers & Scaffies). Shore-based options during the day for those not opting for the two tide sail on Saturday. Further details from rally organiser. Limited numbers. Last minute bookings not accepted.|
|July 05th & 06th|
|CONISTON||Chris Beeson||Lake District - good for first-timers, no tides, no charts needed. Swallows and Amazons ambiance. BBQ Saturday night - bring your own food, bar at the sailing club. Inclusive fee around £28 (TBC) payable to Chris Beeson.|
|2014 - Aug 06th to 10th||BALTIMORE||Jack O'Keeffe||2014 Baltimore - Preliminary notice of event|
|Aug 22nd to 25th|
|Summer fun CHICHESTER||Tony Wood||Drascombe Fun and friend’s weekend based at Chichester Marina come and join a Bank Holiday Weekend. Full use of facilities, Marina fee to be confirmed but approx. £45.00 for weekend Inc. slipway and parking. Especially suitable for new
owners and children. Camping available adjacent to marina, B&B and hard camping
available locally. Day sailing in the harbour. All Comms will be electronic hence no
organiser fee. It is expected that this will co-inside with the Chichester Yacht Club open weekend. Even if you haven’t got a Drascombe consider coming along for a
Suitable for SSD Novices and Old Salts alike.|
|Sep 19th to 21st|
|FOWEY||Valerie Jordan||Sailing in the beautiful Fowey estuary and nearby Cornish coast around St Austell Bay. Pontoon berth available, camping, B&B and self catering all nearby within walking distance. Lovely BBQ and cafe/restaurant facilities on site. Likely cost will be around £50 for pontoon, launching, harbour dues and car parking payable locally|
|Dutch Drascombe Rallies|
|Dec 20th to 22nd|
|KorDaTo - Lauwersoog||Bas Suurenbroek||Trying to reach Ameland for copious dinner ashore or alternatively retreat to the deserted harbour of Schiermonnikoog to visit the rightly famous vintage Hotel Van der Werff.
|Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.|
|2014 - May 24th to 31st|
|Sail Caledonia||Norna Hall (Scottish Raid)||2014 - A fleet of Drascombes is lining up to participate in the "raid" from Fort William to Inverness. This event is a professionally organised annual event, see the website.
|June 06th to 08th||Ullswater OGA June Rally ||Chris Beeson||The Old Gaffers Association issue an open invitation to Drascombe Association members to join them in the Lake District for a rally on beautiful Ullswater, based at the Glenridding Sailing Centre. There will be some light-hearted racing on Saturday and probably a cruise to a picnic lunch on Sunday, with a gathering for supper, prize-giving and 'entertainment' at a local hostelry on Saturday evening. If you're thinking of joining us there, please register your interest at the OGA website . Cost around £25, payable on the Saturday morning|
|September 12th to 14th|
|Ullswater OGA September Rally||Chris Beeson||The Old Gaffers Association issue an open invitation to Drascombe Association members to join them in the Lake District for a rally on beautiful Ullswater, based at the Glenridding Sailing Centre. There will be some light-hearted racing on Saturday and probably a cruise to a picnic lunch on Sunday, with a gathering for supper, prize-giving and 'entertainment' at a local hostelry on Saturday evening. If you're thinking of joining us there, please register your interest at the OGA website . Cost around £25, payable on the Saturday morning.|
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
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