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.

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List of 2017 Events

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List updated 08/12/2018

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Jan 05th
East Coast Winter WalkJulian MersonMuster at the Pier Hotel in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouthat 12 noon for an pub lunch. Afterwards, we could have a pleasant afternoon stroll along the sea front - taking in that pleasant sea breeze (or winter easterly gale) which is so lacking in Cambridgeshire. See the FORUM
Feb 16th 2019
Winter Reunion - Ireland RegionJack O'KeeffeVenue to be confirmed - meet for the sheer pleasure of it. Enjoy recollection and anticipation. We will include afternoon activity and evening meal with a bit of business in between
March 2nd
Early season walkAndy BiggsThis is a circular 10km walk to Darwen Tower. Meet in the free carpark at Vaughns Café, Ryal Fold. Please be ready to walk at 11am. See the FORUM for more information
March 22nd
South Coast SupperPeter Tiplady New Date At Chichester Yacht Club Informal South Coast Supper 'dining from the hatch'
March 23rd
DA AGM - PORTSMOUTHDick PizeyYes, for a second year, the AGM will be held at the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club, an historic venue with many links back to the naval traditions of Portsmouth. As well as the AGM, an evening dinner is planned locally - details of which will be circulated early in the New Year
April 27th
Llyn Brenig RallyAidan WilliamsThis is a one day early season “shake down” sail based at Llyn Brenig Sailing Club. However, there is a good cycling/walking route around the reservoir, with a visitor centre and café, for others who do not wish to sail.
May 3 - 6
PLYMOUTHChris MurrayBased at Plymouth Yacht Haven. More information to follow
May 11th & 12th
St MARY'S LOCHChris MasonReturn to this popular venue high in the hills of 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.
Further details to follow
May 18th and 19th
BALA LAKEDave StaniforthPreliminary notice of the event
May 22 - June 6
MORBIHANDick PizeySemaine du Golf with Belles on! Cruise the islands off the Golfe Du Morbihan as an addition to the Morbihan week. Lots of fun. See the FORUM
May 24th to June 1st
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 24 - June 1
Shannon sweet and saltJack O'KeeffePreliminary notions of a trip taking in Killaloe, Ardnacrusha Dam, Limerick City and The Fergus with its many depopulated islands.
May 29th and 30th
Pitsford RallyPeter RhodesThe twelfth annual Pitsford Rally, featuring Robbie's Race for the handsome Churchouse Boats Trophy.
June 7th to 9th
CORK HARBOURJack O'KeeffeVisit the villages and towns of Cork Harbour taking advantage of the 2019 Harbour Festival.
June 14 - 16
CARLINGFORD LOUGHJohn WhiteBased at Carlingford SC - preliminary notice of the event
June 16 - 21
Strangford FeederJohn WhiteCruise the coast from Carlingford to Strangford. More to follow
June 21st to 23rd
BRIXHAMMike Lloyd"Based at the Brixham Yacht Club once again but timed to deconflict with the Annual Brixham Trawler Race this time, the rally will take in some of the more remote bays and anchorages around Torbay. Facilities ashore for liveaborders and plenty of B&B and camping options in the area. Suitable for beginners and more seasoned sailors. No organiser's fee
June 21 -23
STRANGFORD LOUGHJohn StanageAnnual return to East Down Yacht Club. Camping facilities on site and opportunity to explore bays and beaches in the area.
June 28 - 39
FOWEYValerie JordanPreliminary notice of the event
June 29 & 30
CONISTON RALLYAndy BiggsCome to the true home of “Swallows and Amazons”. Treasure hunt on the Saturday, followed by a “bring your own” BBQ and music on the Saturday evening. Participants are welcome to arrive earlier in the week or stay on afterwards.
July 6 - 21
SpareJim HopwoodAs an extesion to the 40-4-40 event there will be a feeder cruise from the Solent (Southampton) with launching and parking available at Ashlett Sailing Club. This takes us along a spectacular stretch of coast with some attractive stopovers. Approximate dates 6 to 21 July, expressions of interest to Jim as soon as possible
July 7th to 11th
PWLLHELLIDave StaniforthBased @ Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre in the harbour. The event is primarly targetted at liveaboards. If there is sufficient interest from smaller Drascombes then a separate day sailing fleet is possible. The plan is to cruise the east coast of the Llyn Penisula (Abersoch-Pwllheli-Criccieth-Portmadog) with overnight stops if the weather settled and the wind from the west. More details regarding costs of launching and berthing early in 2019.
July 26 - 28
DARTMOUTHMark WilkinsonPreliminary notice of this event. More information to follow
Aug 28 - Sep1
LOCH LOMONDAlan WilliamsInspired by last year's success - Rally on 31st August to 1st September, with a feeder Rally from 28th August to 30th August.
Sep 6th to 8th
FALMOUTHMalcolm JonesFriday we will launch boats and BBQ in the evening on the beach. Saturday and Sunday, sailing in the Estuary and beyond depending on weather and sea conditions. Exploring the creeks is a must over the weekend. Saturday evening will be a meal at a local restaurant so we can trade stories and experiences. Mylor Harbour has good facilities for liveaboards.
Sep 6th - 8th
LOUGH ALLENJack O'KeeffePreliminary notice of a return to this fascinating venue
Sept 14 & 15
ULLSWATERAndy BiggsBased at the Glennridding Sailing centre. Treasure hunt on the Saturday, followed by a “bring your own” BBQ and music on the Saturday evening. A couple of informal races planned as well. There is a limit on numbers as this is planned with the Old Gaffers Association. £45 for the weekend, payable to the centre.
Oct 12th
End of season walkAndy BiggsPlease meet at Liverpool Sailing Club, at 9.30am. For a walk along the Mersey into Liverpool and return by train.


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details

NETHERLANDSNKDENot published yet.
See the NKDE site for the Dutch Events


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
July 12th to 15th
40-4-40 WeymouthSharon Geary-HarwoodCelebrating 40 years of the Drascombe Coaster. The Coaster was a development of the popular Cruiser Longboat and soon became a firm favourite. Churchouse Boats Ltd will be hosting an event based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The aim is to get as many Coasters and their owners to the event as possible - 40 being the target. However all Drascombes and Drascombe type boats are welcome to join the party

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