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.

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 2017 Events

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List updated 18/10/2019

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Nov 16th
Scottish AGM/SocialMary ThomasPlease Note New date. Scottish Drascombe AGM and Dinner. Royal Tay Yacht Club Broughty Ferry. Walk in the early afternoon, coffee cakes, trouble shooting Drascombe issues, AGM and dinner with new chef. Booking before end of October appreciated.
Feb 15th
TBCJack O'KeeffeOff season reunion to relive and propose a range of pleasures.
March 7th
Northern Area Spring walkAndy BiggsThe spring walk for 2020 will start at Clough Head car park BB4 4AT, please meet ready to walk at 11am
March 20th
South Coast SupperPeter TipladyThe South Coast Drascombers will be holding their usual Informal Supper at Chichester Yacht Club ‘dining from the hatch’ - a great chance to catch up and make plans for the coming season. Email Pete at tipladys(at)tiscali.co.uk or phone 01273 965926 to book your places: (regular attendees will be notified by email).
March 21st
DA AGMNiall WardropThe AGM of our association will be held at the Tall Ship which is moored outside the Glasgow Transport Museum. The meeting starts 2PM
May 15th to 17th

CORK HARBOURJack O'KeeffeEuropean Maritime Day, Seafest and RCYC 300 year anniversary are being held on Cork Harbour to coincide with our Drascombe Rally. Lots of villages and attractions to visit by land or water
May 23rd to 30th
Sail CaledoniaThe Great Glen Boating ClubJoin this week long raid along the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness. Rowing and sailing competitions along the way. This is a professionally organised event to a very high standard. See the website for more information
May 29th to 31st or June 12 to 14

DARTMark WilkinsonDate to be finalised -
June 5th to 7th

BRIXHAMMike LloydPreliminary notice of the event
July TBC
Solent to Fal cruiseDick PizeyPreliminary notice of the event
Aug 12th to 16th

BALTIMOREJack O'KeeffePreliminary date for our biannual bash in Baltimore


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details

Dutch Rally ProgrammeMichel MaartensThe rally programme of the NKDE is published here


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
May 23th - 30th
Sail CaledoniaThe Great Glen Boating ClubA professionally organised event involving cruising, camping racing and partying from Fort William to Inverness. See the website for details and entry.

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