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.

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List of 2017 Events

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List updated 18/04/2017

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
April 28th to May 1st
Liveaboard
Solent CruiseDick PizeyPreliminary notice of event – details to be finalised
May 6th & 7th
SSD
St MARY'S LOCHChris MasonReturn to this popular venue high in the Scottish Borders at St Mary's Loch sailing club. A good chance for Drascombers from both sides of the border to meet up. Varied sailing, good company and a meal in the clubhouse on the Saturday night. See the FORUM
May 12th to 14th
SSD
PLYMOUTHChris MurrayPontoon moorings at Plymouth Yacht Haven. Sailing in the sheltered waters of Plymouth Sound and up the Tamar and Lynher estuaries. Great location for building confidence sailing in coastal waters.
May 13th & 14th
Liveaboard
BRISTOL CHANNELJohn ChristieDown-channel, over-nighter cruise on the Severn Estuary from Lydney Yacht Club, under the two Severn bridges and destinations to Portishead or Clevedon. Barbeque and party Saturday night courtesy of Chepstow and District Yacht Club. Skippers should have some tidal water experience. Sleep aboard or camp. Luggers and above. We have had Scaffies and Dabbers join us. Full briefing notes provided. If you wish to discuss sailing in the area please ring John. Unique opportunity to sail in company on this great stretch of water. Cheque for £3.00 payable to organiser. Please book early.
May 26th to 29th
SSD
CHICHESTER MARINADick PizeyMarina fee £60.00 for full use of facilities for weekend Inc. slipway and parking. Especially suitable for new owners and children. Camping available close to marina, B&B and hard camping available locally (needs to be booked well in advance). Day sailing in the harbour. Rally fee of £3.00 payable to organiser.
May 26th 27th & 28th
SSD
Gloucester Ring TripJohn ChristieThe Gloucester Ring Trip will be in May this year due to when the tides are viable. Sail/motor from Lydney to Gloucester in the morning of 27 May, lunch at Tall Ship Inn, Gloucester - lock out of Sharpness Dock in the evening for passage back to Lydney. Navigate 45 miles in the day. Lots of breaks. Come equipped for making Dinner on the Saturday evening. It is a good tide this year. Tea Clipper race to Newnham, Sunday morning if you wish. Full details available on application. Camping, B and B near Lydney. Discuss with John if needed. £3.00 payable to Rally Organiser. Please book early.
May 27th & 28th
SSD
CRAOBH HAVENBob Heasman The Scottish 30 50 celebration will take place at Craobh Marina, possibly the best location for a Drascombe event on the West Coast of Scotland with excellent shore based facilities and pontoon access for the boats and great sailing opportunities for Drascombes. Day sailing on the weekend followed by cruise for up to a week, where the destination will be decided by those coming and the weather. Some more information is on the forum, No fee, but please register your interest early so that we can finalise arrangements for the weekend.
May 31st & June 1st
SSD
PITSFORDPeter RhodesA landmark date for your diary. The tenth annual Pitsford Rally, featuring Robbie's Race, and the Churchouse Boats Trophy. See the FORUM
June 3rd to 5th
SSD
CORK HARBOURJack O'KeeffeIn conjunction with Cork Harbour Festival. Muster daily at Spike Island for short cruises to the shoreside villages, historic and touristic places for entertainment and food. Music sessions thrown in.
June 5 to 22nd
Liveaboard
NE BRITTANY & CHANNEL IsJim HopwoodSail from Ploumenac’h to Cherbourg, exploring the tidal rivers Trieux and Rance, visit Les Sept Iles, Ile de Brehat and Iles Chausey and, weather permitting, Sark and Alderney. Alternative haul out spots could be Carteret or St Malo if we get delayed or anyone needs to get back sooner.
June 9th to11th
SSD
RIVER ORWELLJulian Merson Based at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, we will spend our weekend sailing in the environs of the delightful River Orwell. Over the weekend, we'll try and sail the length of the Orwell Estuary from Harwich up to Ipswich, including beneath the rather impressive Orwell Road Bridge. I hope to raft up at Pin Mill on Saturday for lunch. Possible beach stop for lunch on Sunday. Dinner planned for Saturday evening. For details, please see the Forum thread.
June 9th to 11th
SSD
KENNET & AVON CANALJohn ChristieInland water cruising. Interesting navigation of the Kennett and Avon broad canal. We will launch at Bradford on Avon Marina. B and B or live on board or camp locally. Saturday night at Caen Hill Marina. Third Rally to navigate Kennet and Avon Canal. A CRT Navigation short-term licence will be necessary so exempt from Boat Safety Scheme. Please obtain well in advance – online is best. Discuss with John if necessary. Full details in rally instructions. £3.00 payable to organiser. Please book early.
June 9th to 11th
SSD
SALCOMBELynn BarnesSail in the beautiful Salcombe estuary and beyond to Hope Cove. Pontoon berths available. Cost payable to harbourmaster approx £30-40 for launching, car and trailer parking and pontoon berth. £3 rally fee to rally organiser
June 09th to 12th
Liveaboard
IOW festival cruiseDick PizeyA general Solent cruise with a view to visiting the IOW festival, mooring in the river.
June 16th to 18th
SSD
Torbay RallyMike LloydBased at The Brixham Yacht Club, with its excellent facilities once again, the Torbay Rally will take in the English Riviera and adjacent coastline. Torbay's sheltered location and gentle tides make it an ideal location for inexperienced Drascombers, while offering more experienced sailors easy access to the open waters of Lyme Bay.
June 16th to 18th
SSD
CARLINGFORD LOUGHJohn WhiteBased at Carlingford Lough Yacht Club on the northern side of the Lough just outside Rostrevor. See www.clyc.info for directions. Friday 16th June, Welcome and launch. BYO Barbecue. Saturday, we will explore the islands and sheltered bays of the Lough as conditions permit, possibly observing the large seal population. Social night with club barbecue / catering on Saturday evening. Sunday, more sailing on the Lough possibly centred around a fun event with club involvement. Camp in the club grounds, live aboard or stay in the local accommodation.
June 18th to 23rd
Liveaboard
Strangford FeederJohn WhiteSunday evening 18th will be an ideal time to meet up in the local refreshment establishments and plan our passage for the following few days. Potential stopovers include, Annagasin, Dundalk, Kilkeel, Annalong, Newcastle, Dundrum, Killough, Ballyhornan and Kilclief. Live aboard, camp ashore or shore support. Not suitable for smaller Drascombes. Transport to collect cars and trailers will be provided.
23rd to 25th
SSD
STRANGFORD LOUGHJohn StanageMidsummer event at EDYC with camping facilities on site and opportunity to explore bays and beaches in the area.
July 1st & 2nd
SSD
CONISTONAndy Biggs Treasure hunt on Saturday followed by an evening BBQ. 2017 is also the 50th anniversary of Coniston Sailing Club. Please contact Andy Biggs for further details.
July 6th to 9th
SSD
Drascombe Golden JubileeSharon Geary-Harwood and Dick Pizey Held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Two days local sailing, with options to join in with a sailors supper and/or Saturday evening 3 course meal. The event is open to ALL boats Plenty of facilities on site, NO CAMPING To register your interest email 50years(at)drascombe.co.uk, or contact Churchouse Boats See the
July 14th to 16th
SSD
Cardiff Grand Fleet WeekendJohn Christie Midlands and Wales Region All members and guests very welcome. We will be based at the Mermaid Quay in the heart of the Cardiff Food Festival. We will be joining the Bristol Channel Yachting Association and launching at Cardiff Yacht Club. 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. £3.00 payable to organiser. Please book early.
July 21st to 30th

GALWAY BAYBrian Park21st - 23rd: (SSD) Explore the sheltered inlets of South Connemara from Kilkieran.
23rd - 28th: (Liveaboard) Cruise Aran Islands, north Clare to Kinvarra ending in Rinvyle.
28th - 30th: (SSD) Explore the bays and inlets of east Galway Bay based at Galway Bay SC
July 22nd & 23rd
Liveaboard
FORTH, CLYDE UNION CANALSGraham RussellEpic 28 mile inland voyage from Auchinstarry to Linlithgow involving 7 locks, one lifting bridge, the Falkirk Wheel, a 600m long tunnel and the Avon Aqueduct, the second longest in the UK. Minimum 2 persons per boat for Saturday. There is an opportunity to extend the trip. Please contact the organiser if you think you might come and if you need additional crew. See the FORUM No organiser’s fee.
July 23rd to 25th
SSD
Lydney Yacht Club RallyJohn ChristieCome to Lydney for our Annual Rally linked to the Lydney Music Festival. Either lock in for the weekend or trail-sail from the slipway. Very early booking is recommended. £3.00 payable to organiser.
Aug 4th to 13th
Liveaboard
Bristol Channel Grand CruiseJohn ChristieFollowing the success of previous years, Lydney Yacht Club wishes to invite adventurous Drascombers to join us for the 2017 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. £3.00 payable to organiser. Please book early.
Aug 12th
SSD
Ashlett RegattaDick PizeyPreliminary notice of the event
Aug 25th to 27th
SSD
WEXFORD HARBOURJohn TullyIreland Region Grand Fleet Event. Hosted by Wexford Harbour SC. Explore the lower Slaney river and the estuary with its famous birdlife and built heritage from the Viking and Norman times. Convenient to Rosslare ferryport and to the UK public holiday. Sheltered waters, camping at the venue.
Sep 1st to 3rd
SSD
LOUGH DERGTBCPreliminary notice of the event. More details to follow
Sep 2nd & 3rd
SSD
LOCH LOMONDDavid McWirtherThis annual two day rally allows regular attendees and those who have not yet enjoyed sailing on Loch Lomond the largest loch or lake in Great Britain (by surface area) 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.
3rd Sep
SSD
POOLEDick PizeyUnconfirmed dates for Poole Rally.
Sep 8th to 10th
SSD
Fowey RallyVal JordanPontoon moorings with full facilities at Penmarlam Quay and easy sailing in the Fowey estuary and nearby coast west to St Austell Bay or east to Polperro. Land based accommodation and camping nearby. Lovely sail round to the Fal estuary for the following week's rally for those who wish to do so.
Sep 15th to 17th
SSD
FALMOUTHVal Jordan Join Val on the Fal - Pontoon moorings at Mylor Yacht Club and extensive sailing within the lovely Fal estuary and adjacent South Cornwall coast. Brilliant for small Drascombes - several holiday cottages right next to the marina for those who want to join Val and Dave staying for the whole week; otherwise plenty of B&B in nearby Mylor Bridge.
Sep 15th to 17th
Liveaboard
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal RallyJohn ChristieNavigate the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in company. Based near Pencelli. Gentle cruising. Stunning countryside in September. Full details available on application. Camping, B and B, sleep on board. Please book early. Discuss with John if needed. £3.00 payable to Rally Organiser. SSD. Please book early.
Sep 16th & 17th
SSD
ULLSWATERAndy BiggsHosted by Ullswater Yacht Club, a new venue for a rally and a fantastic place to sail as part of the 30/50 celebrations. Camping on site available, as well as meals in the club house.
Sep 22nd to 24th
SSD
NORFOLK BROADSJulian MersonPreliminary notice of the event. More to follow
Sep 29th to Oct 1st
Liveaboard
1ST October RallyDick PizeySolent based cruise
6th to 8th October
SSD
BASINGSTOKE CANALStephen DeakinAutumnal colours cruise of the Hampshire part of the Basingstoke Canal. The Canal, a SSSI, is very quiet and full of wildlife, fauna, odonata and bankside trees. Its colours in autumn can be magnificent. The ruin of King John’s Castle, Odiham, is our destination. The Canal was constructed through the Castle bailey in 1792. The King went from the Castle to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta in June 1215. We will raise a toast of gratitude for liberty! No locks, one aqueduct and one lift bridge. Thirty miles from London, but a different world. This is a great family cruise. Please book early.
Nov 17th
Shorebased
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
Shorebased
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.

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Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
May 7th
Shorebased
Dry Smiscruisedrogesmiscruise2017(at)drascombe.nlLingedijk Geldermalsen, Netherlands Initial theory about sailing on the Waddenzee with your Drascombe for all interested parties, focusing on potential (freshmen) Smiscruise participants.
May 20th to 24th

Smisfeeder Westsmisfeeder2017west(at)drascombe.nlWaddenhaven, Havenkade 4 Den Oever, 1779 GT Netherlands. In a small group share some initial Wad-sailing for the Smiscruise West, perhaps some practice in steering with the oar, extended beaching and boating in shallow waters.
May 20th to 24th
Liveaboard
Smisfeeder Eastsmisfeeder2017oost(at)drascombe.nlMarina Noordergat, Noordergat 1 Lauwersoog 9976 VR, Netherlands
May 24th - May 28th
Liveaboard
Smiscruise WestChris Vandenbroek smiscruise2017west(at)drascombe.nlDen Oever - Waddenhaven, Havenkade 4 1779 GT Den Oever, Netherlands For those who already have more often lingered on the flats and do not dread to run into unmarked estuaries, rounding islands or an exploration of Eierland Grounds (with a few days until Pentecost, making it feel like a really long vacation!)
May 24th - May 28th
Liveaboard
Smiscruise EastThomas Ietswaart, smiscruise2017oost(at)drascombe.nlMarina Noordergat, Noordergat 1 9976 VR Lauwersoog, Netherlands Freshman cruise aimed at Drascombes wanting to make first contact with the salt of the eastern Wadden Sea. Target of course beaching under the unsurpassed Willemsduin or Oerd, but only if wind and weather allow to do this easily for all participants. Rear admirals are used to for those who find it hard to follow.
July 6th to 9th
SSD
Drascombe Golden Jubilee NLMichel Maartens, goldenjubilee(at)drascombe.nlGaastmeer, Netherlands Fifty years Lugger, NKDE forty years, twenty years Dutch Society Scaffie,teen years Drascombe Netherlands representing Churchouse Boats Ltd. Comfortable from the RV, cabin or tent, day trips with the Scaffies by Frisian ditches and lakes under low fixed bridges for the more senior Scaffie owners. All boats welcome, especially suitable for smaller vessels, the youngest and comfort enjoying skippers.
Sep 1st to 3rd
SSD
NKDE Summer MeetingAnneke and José OostBeulakker Initiate, Netherlands Finally call back in the middle of the country, in a beautiful nature reserve. The shallow (and often only accessible by Drascombes) islands and ditches which can be accessed by skippers with very good local knowledge. Saturday night dinner for the fans. Please register with the circle secretary Margot Schaake, e-mail: maschaake(at)ziggo.nl
Oct 30th to Nov 5th
Liveaboard
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.

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Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
May 22nd to 28th
SSD
Morbihan WeekSemaine du Golfe 2017Over one thousand traditional and classic boats, divided into flotillas, sailing every day and stopping in various ports and anchorages suitable for liveaboards. Camping options for small open boats. SSD. See the website and this video
For the 2017 Semaine Dick Pizey is co-ordinating the expedition via a closed facebook page
Drascombes in the Morbihan . Send a request to join
May 27th to June 3rd
SSD
Sail Caledonia - Scottish RaidGreat Glen Boating ClubThis annual sail and oar event for a limited number of participants is professionally run with extensive resources. The Raid takes in the length of the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness, passing through bluebell vales and lots of lochs and locks of the Caledonian Canal. Competition or cruising options available.
See the website
June 29th to July. 3rd
SSD
XIII Traditional Boat Rally CULTURMARNEW DATES A weekend of music dance, delicious food and fun afloat in the village of Combarro, a wonderful and very interesting traditional port close to Pontevedra. Bring your Scaffie or your liveaboard and join in some cruising along with Tyboat in the southern Rias. See Culturmar website
July 6th to 9th

Dun Laoghaire Volvo RegattaJohn TullyJoin the OGA group sail Dublin Bay between Howth and Bray Harbour. Reply to the invitation from the organisers. John Tully is our link man. See Afloat blog here for a sense of the excitement. Participants have the option of leaving cars and trailers in Greystones and sailing up tot he venue - there is a direct commuter train from Greystones, Bray or Howth harbours to DunLaoighre, which may with congestion at the event.
Aug 3rd & 4th
SSD
Kilchoan regattaTom ColvilleSailing races taking place on the Thursday and the main events on the Friday. Open to all, races include rowing, kayaking, power boats, and a raft race. Ceilidh follows in the Friday evening

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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