Drascombe Association

Events 2018

`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 2018 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 2018 Events

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List updated 25/04/2018

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
May 25th & 26th to June 2nd
SSD
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
Liveaboard
BH Rally - SolentDick PizeyLocal commercial and regulatory aspects have caused a change of emphasis from SSD to a cruise. The upshot of this is that the rally will now be a cruise for the larger boats, although if at all possible we will try and plan a stop that is accessible for SSDs to come along for a day..or longer. See the FORUM
May 26th to 28th
SSD
PLYMOUTHChris MurrayBased at Plymouth Yacht Haven. More information to follow
May 30th & 31st
SSD
Pitsford RallyPeter RhodesThe eleventh annual Pitsford Rally, featuring Robbie's Race for the handsome Churchouse Boats Trophy.
June 01st to 3rd
SSD
Kennet and Avon Canal RallyJohn ChristieInteresting navigation of the Kennett and Avon broad canal. We will launch upstream of the Caen Hill Staircase Locks. Bed and Breakfast or live on board or camp locally. Fourth Rally to navigate Kennet and Avon Canal. A CRT Navigation short-term licence will be necessary, so your boat is exempt from Boat Safety Scheme. Please obtain well in advance – online is best. Discuss with John if necessary. Full details in rally instructions.
June 6th to 15th or 23rd
Liveaboard
Viking Cruise 2 / Rugen FeederJim HopwoodLaunch at Hadderby Viking Town (Schleswig), eastern end of the ancient portage from Friedrichstadt where the Riddle of the Sands cruise finished, sail via small Danish islands and charming villages to Roskilde Viking Ship Museum where Viking Cruise 1 started. Then either drive to the start of the Rugen cruise or sail to join the second half at Hiddensee. Precise route and dates to be agreed when Rugen Cruise dates confirmed.
June 8th to 10th
SSD
RIVER DARTMark WilkinsonPreliminary notice of the event dates
June 8th to 10th
SSD
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
SSD
TORBAY, BrixhanMike LloydPreliminary notice of the event.
June 22nd to 24th
SSD
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. See the FORUM
June 30th & July 1st
SSD
STRANGFORD LOUGHJohn StanageAnnual return to East Down Yacht Club. Camping facilities on site and opportunity to explore bays and beaches in the area.
July 7th
SSD
RUTLAND WATERJulian MersonLaunch at Rutland Watersports, Whitwell Creek, LE15 8BL. Enjoy a day's sail on one of the largest inland reservoirs in Europe. Please note, this rally is a one day event. However, camping is available for anyone who wishes to extend their stay. Flexible itinerary, with probable returns to Whitwell Creek for lunch, etc. So please join in for the whole day or even just part of the day. See the FORUM
July 13th to 15th
SSD
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 13th to 15th
SSD
CARDIFF BAYJohn ChristieAll members and guests very welcome. We will be based at Cardiff Yacht Club and at the Mermaid Quay in the heart of the Cardiff Food Festival. The Volvo Sailing Team are visiting but will not be an issue to us. Plenty of great sailing, river exploration and an excursion through the locks and round Flat Holm Island – 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.
July 13th to 15th
SSD
DCA Joint Lough Erne RallyTBCThere will be a two week rally by the Dinghy Cruising Association from July 1st until July 15th. DA involvement is proposed over weekend of 13th 14th & 15th
July 14th & 15th
SSD
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
SSD
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. See the FORUM Please book early.
July 27th to 29th
SSD
Mayo RallyJack O'KeeffeClew Bay or Lough Conn This is a proposed weekend for a rally among the islands of Clew Bay with Lough Conn as a foul weather venue of refuge. Details to be developed.
July 28th to Aug 5th
Liveaboard
Bristol Channel Grand CruiseJohn ChristieFollowing the success of previous years, Lydney Yacht Club wishes to invite adventurous Drascombers to join us for the 2018 Summer Cruise. Live aboard or camp. Smallest boats will be Wayfarers or sailing canoe! Cruise the North Somerset, Devon and South Wales Coasts in company. Very flexible itinery dependant on weather. Plenty of places to see. Skippers should have some tidal water experience. Full briefing notes provided plus daily briefings. Please ring John to discuss. £5.00 payable to organiser. Please book early.
Aug 15th to 19th
SSD
BALTIMOREJack O'KeeffeWe return to Roaringwater Bay for this major event in the Drascombe Calendar. We are running the event a week later than for previous editions to move away from peak demand. Muster at 20:00 in Bushes Bar on Wednesday 15th.
Aug 17th to 19th
SSD
Llandegfedd Lake RallyJohn ChristieA day (or two) sailing the lovely Llandegfedd Lake near Usk. Camping or local Bed and Breakfast.
Aug 24th to 27th
SSD
Solent based BH RallyDick PizeyMore information will follow
Aug 29th to Sept 1st
Liveaboard
Loch Lomond FeederAlan WilliamsLaunch at Balmaha and sail to the northern end of the loch. Rendezvous with the main rally at Inchmurrin on Saturday. See the FORUM for more
Aug 31s to Sep 1st
SSD
WALTON BACKWATERSJulian MersonBased at Titchmarsh marina, CO14 8SL, enjoy sailing in the wonderfully picturesque and sheltered Backwaters. Secret Water from Arthur Ransome's books. Plenty of creeks to explore, wildlife, etc. See the FORUM
Aug 31st to September 2nd
SSD
LOUGH REELarry FullamThis event will be based at Lough Ree YC by kind permission. Camping and launch facilities provided by LRYC. Muster on the Friday for a weekend of fun.
1st & 2nd September
SSD
LOCH LOMONDAlan WilliamsThis 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. Please confirm attendance at least one week prior to the event to allow catering arrangements to be confirmed for the Saturday night meal. See the FORUM
Sep 7th to 9th
SSD
FALMOUTH - Mylor Yacht HarbourMalcolm JonesFriday launch the boats via the generous sized slipway on the pontoon moorings. Help will be at hand. BBQ on the beach on Friday evening. Sailing on the estuary and its creeks or beyond depending on the weather forecast. Saturday a meal together at the restaurant at Mylor Harbour. Sunday sailing as per Saturday. Sunday afternoon extract the boats.
Sep 14th to16th
SSD
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal RallyJohn ChristieSecond year navigating the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in company. Gentle cruising. Stunning countryside in September. Full details available on application. Camping, Bed and Breakfast, sleep on board. Please book early. Discuss with John if needed.
Sep 15th & 16th
SSD
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
SSD
SALCOMBELyn BarnesA mid week rally to explore the beautiful Salcombe estuary with a possible sail outside the estuary to Hope Cove if weather permits. Pontoon berth, car and trailer parking and harbour dues approx £25-£40 depending on boat size payable to the harbourmaster.
Sep 21st to 23rd
SSD
NORFOLK BROADSJulian MersonBased once again at Hickling Broad, the largest sailing Broad. Most boats will launch at Whispering Reeds boatyard: NR12 0YW. Enjoy sailing in this brilliant expanse of sheltered water, taking in locations such as the charming Horsey Mere and Potter Heigham. See the FORUM
Oct 13th
Shorebased
Northern EOS walkAndy BiggsNorthern Area end of season walk. Please meet at Liverpool Sailing Club at 9.30 am. The walk aims to follow the same route as was planned for the spring but had to be cancelled due to poor weather. Contact Andy Biggs
Nov 10th
Shorebased
Scottish AGM /SocialMary ThomasCome and join us at the Royal Tay Yacht Club Broughty Ferry. In the morning we will be walking around Tentsmuir in Fife and eating crepes or visiting the newly opened V and A museum in Dundee; in the afternoon there will be homemade cake and coffee and followed by a Drascombe ‘question and answer session’ based on your season’s experiences in Drascombes. If there is interest a ‘bring and buy’ sale of Drascombe bits might be organised. The AGM starts at 5pm and will finish in plenty time for dinner, 6 30 for 7pm. As before there is accommodation for camper vans in the club car park, other accommodation locally is easy to find, contact Mary if you need help. More detail near the time, but booking and meal choices preferable by November 2nd.

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Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
June 15th - July 6th approx.
Liveaboard
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.
July 12th to 14th
SSD
ElfwatertochtNKDESee http://www.nkde.nl/agenda/elfwatertocht/ for mkore
Oct 6th to 8th
Liveaboard
Kobbeduinen TochtSyste TerpstraSee http://www.nkde.nl/agenda/opgeven-voor-kobbeduinen-tocht/ for this event.

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Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
June 23rd to 29th
Liveaboard
Milford Haven Waterways FestivalTall Ships Wales TrustThis biennial event is being held in this "Wales year of the Sea" Lots being organised. Several Drascombes attended SeaFair Haven in 2016 See website here. Contact Alexandra Lort Phillips; seafairhaven(at)gmail.com
Aug 2nd & 3rd
SSD
Kilchoan RegattaTom ColvilleLocal regatta with possible feeder cruise. See the FORUM
Aug 13th to 19th
SSD
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

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