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 21/07/2018

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
July 27th to 29th
Mayo RallyJack O'KeeffeWe will gather at Rosmoney which is the base of Mayo Sailing Club Friday evening. We will launch from the slip at Rosmoney Pier, just beyond the clubhouse here . Trailers to be kept to the land side and as tidy as possible please. You can also launch at Roscahill leaving space at Rosmoney. The MSC regatta in on Friday and Saturday so there will be plenty of life in the club, including a barbecue and music on Saturday evening, Drascombers welcome.
A map of Clew Bay is here
Tides Saturday:
LW 1208 HW 1840
July 28th to Aug 5th
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 11th
Baltimore FeederJack O'KeeffeThe Crinniu in Ballydehob takes place on August 11th and is part of the festival of classic boats. We offer a feeder in Roaring water Bay cruising the north shore of the bay taking in the Crinniu, fitup theatre and other craic arriving in Baltimore on 14th in good time for the muster for the Baltimore Rally on 15th August.
Aug 15th to 19th
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. This year we offer a feeder from August 11th starting with the gathering of boats in Ballydehob
Aug 17th to 19th
Llandegfedd Lake RallyJohn ChristieA day (or two) sailing the lovely Llandegfedd Lake near Usk. Camping or local Bed and Breakfast.
Aug 24th to 27th
Solent based BH RallyDick PizeyMore information will follow
Aug 29th to Sept 1st
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Oct 6th to 8th
Kobbeduinen TochtSyste TerpstraSee http://www.nkde.nl/agenda/opgeven-voor-kobbeduinen-tocht/ for this event.


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
Aug 2nd & 3rd
Kilchoan RegattaTom ColvilleLocal regatta with possible feeder cruise. See the FORUM
Aug 13th to 19th
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.
Aug 25th
Munster Blackwater RiverLarry LeeWe are invited to join Youghal SC for their cruise to Villiarstown BC. Overnight at the BC or in B&Bs. See upcoming events at www.drascombe.ie.

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