Drascombe Association

Events 2016

`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 DA wishes to support the Government's advice about C19 and therefore it seems unlikely that organised rallies will happen in the near future. Many sailing clubs have already either closed their buildings or are not welcoming visitors. As advice changes members should contact individual rally organisers to see if an event is running.
***Stay Safe Everyone, Socially Close, but Physically Distant***

The events planned for the 2016 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.

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 & beyond)

List of 2016 Events

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List updated 21/07/2020

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Aug 12th to 16th

BALTIMOREJack O'Keeffe COVID 19 impact: Sailing program to proceed, shore program may be impacted. We 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
Gloucester Ring TripJohn Christie COVID 19 impact: Cancelled
Sep 2nd to 4th
Lomond Feeder CruiseAlan WilliamsCOVID 19 impact: Cancelled
Sep 5th & 6th

LOCH LOMONDAlan Williams COVID 19 Impact: Cancelled
Sep 11th to 13th
LOUGH CORRIBrev. David WilliamsBased in the Northern end of the lake - Lisloughry/Oughterard - More details to follow.
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
Sep 18th to 20th
Norfolk Broads rallyJulian MersonBased at the Waveney River Centre. More details in due course.
Oct 2nd to 4th
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.
May 28th to June 5th
CRAOBH and WEST COASTBob HeasemanPrelininary notice of this 2021 event


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
Aug 10th to 16th

Drascamp 2020Drascombe CBLCOVID 19 Impact: Cancelled
Aug 21st to 23rd
Rebel RaidNaomhoga ChorcaiJoin the traditional currach rowing club in exploration of the wonders of Valentia Island. Camping/B&B/Liveaboard. Contact Jack O'Keeffe or express interest on www.drascombe.ie\upcoming events.

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