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 14/08/2019

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Aug 23rd - 25th
LLANGOLLEN CANALJohn ChristieNEW!Navigate the Llangollen canal – cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (126 feet high, 12 feet wide and 336 yards long – longest aqueduct in UK and highest in the World!). Camping or B and B locally. Full details on registration. CRT licence required in advance.
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.
Aug 30th & 31st

Gloucester Ring TripJohn ChristieThe tides are good on Saturday 31 August and John hopes for a good turnout. This is a unique chance to navigate, in experienced company, the River Severn Estuary travelling 40 minutes behind the Severn Bore from Lydney to Gloucester and back the same day. You can arrange to see the bore the day before or after. Upriver cruise for breakfast on the Sunday. Full details and briefing notes are available on receipt of Application Form. CRT licence required in advance.
Aug 31st to Sep 6th
Northwest PassageJack O'KeeffeSpend a week in Donegal leading up to the Lough Allen event. We plan to cruise the islands between Arranmore and Inishbofin, launching at Portnoo and recovering at Meenlaragh or Portnablath, Lots of lovely beaches and channels to explore. If the weather is not suitable we can play away on the upper reaches of the Shannon. See map here. Register here
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'KeeffeSweetwater event that is always a leisure pleasure, Based at Lough Allen Center Drumshanbo - camping / caravan facilities available. The center includes a hostel - very self catering. Register interest at upcoming events on the Irish website
Sep 6th - 8th
MONMOTHSHIRE & BRECON CANALJohn ChristieThird 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. CRT licence required in advance.
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.
Sep 20th - 22nd
Norfolk Broads RallyJulian MersonLaunch at Whispering Reeds boatyard (or personal arrangements) on Friday daytime, or Saturday morning. Saturday plan: Cruise across Hickling Broad, into Heigham Sound and round to Horsey Mere, stopping at the wind pump quay for late lunch. Afternoon, return to Hickling for pub grub early evening and berthing outside the pub. Sunday, free sailing on Hickling; Over the years, several boats have made a cruise of it. See the FORUM
Oct 12th
End of season walkAndy Biggs** New VENUE!!**The end of season walk on the 12 October will now start at Clough Head car park, please meet ready to walk at 11am. More details on the forum
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.


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

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