Drascombe Association

Events 2019

`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 2019 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 2019 Events

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List updated 22/01/2019

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Feb 16th 2019
Shorebased
Winter Reunion - Ireland RegionRupert WestrupRoyal St George YC, Dun Laoghaire - 5 minutes walk from the railway station - Soup & Sambos available on arrival - followed by guided tour in the National Maritime museum, and a review of the historical and architectural wonders of Kingstown. DA business followed by early meal at RStGYC
March 2nd
Shorebased
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
Shorebased
South Coast SupperPeter Tiplady New Date At Chichester Yacht Club Informal South Coast Supper 'dining from the hatch'
March 23rd
Shorebased
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
SSD
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
SSD
PLYMOUTHChris MurrayBased at Plymouth Yacht Haven. More information to follow
May 3rd - 5th
SSD
Chichester Marina RallyIan CowieA Rally in Chichester Harbour exploring this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sailing these fabulous waters with a variety of shallow creeks, open expanse of water and scenic towns and villages.The Rally will be based in Chichester marina with its excellent facilties of slipway, parking, pontoon space, electricity and top class showers.All included in price. This venue is suitable for families with safe boarding and access. A meal on Friday evening is planned at the nearby Chichester Yacht Club. Further details available on application.
May 11th & 12th
SSD
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 17th - 19th
SSD
BLACKWATER RIVERJulian MersonBased at Bradwell Marina - more details to follow
May 18th and 19th
SSD
BALA LAKEDave StaniforthPreliminary notice of the event
May 22 - June 6
Liveaboard
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
Liveaboard
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 17 - 26th
Liveaboard
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
SSD
Pitsford RallyPeter RhodesThe twelfth annual Pitsford Rally, featuring Robbie's Race for the handsome Churchouse Boats Trophy.
There will be a short meeting to discuss any DA business and to elect the DA regional representative.
June 1st
SSD
Kennet & Avon Canal RallyJohn ChristieInland water cruising. Interesting navigation of the Kennett and Avon broad canal. We will launch downstream of the Crofton Top Lock. Bed and Breakfast or live on board or camp locally. Fifth Rally to navigate Kennet and Avon Canal. A CRT Navigation short-term licence will be necessary, and your boat is exempt from the Boat Safety Scheme. Please obtain well in advance – online is best. Discuss with John if necessary. Full details in rally instructions.
June 7th to 9th
SSD
CORK HARBOURJack O'KeeffeVisit the villages and towns of Cork Harbour taking advantage of the 2019 Harbour Festival.
June 14 - 16
SSD
CARLINGFORD LOUGHJohn WhiteBased at Carlingford SC - preliminary notice of the event
June 16 - 21
Liveaboard
Strangford FeederJohn WhiteCruise the coast from Carlingford to Strangford. More to follow
June 21st to 23rd
SSD
BRIXHAMMike LloydBased 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
SSD
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
SSD
FOWEYValerie JordanPreliminary notice of the event
June 29 & 30
SSD
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 - 18
Liveaboard
40-4-40 FeederJim 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 18 July, expressions of interest to Jim as soon as possible
July 7th to 11th
Liveaboard
PWLLHELLIDave StaniforthBased @ Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre in the harbour. The event is primarily targeted at live-aboards. If there is sufficient interest from smaller Drascombes then a separate day sailing fleet is possible. See the FORUM for full details
July 19th - 21st
SSD
Cardiff Bay RallyJohn ChristieAll members and guests very welcome. We will be based at Cardiff Yacht Club and at the Mermaid Quay. Plenty of great sailing, river exploration and an excursion through the locks out to the Bristol Channel – 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.
July 26 - 28
SSD
DARTMOUTHMark WilkinsonPreliminary notice of this event. More information to follow
July 26th - 28th
SSD
LLANDERFEDD LAKEJohn ChristieA day (or two) sailing the lovely Llandegfedd Lake near Usk. Camping or local Bed and Breakfast. Small charge to Welsh Water.
Aug 16th - 18th
SSD
BRISTOL - BATH - BRISTOLJohn ChristieDue to popular request, I am rerunning this Rally in 2019. Meet at Bristol Marina, navigate to Bath – view the Parabolic Weir from your boat if wished! Stay overnight on board or in local B and B. Navigate back to Bristol via the Famous Beese’s Tea Rooms on the River. This stretch is lovely and well worth doing. Fees to Bristol Marina and Bristol Harbour Master on the day, CRT licence required in advance. Full details in joining notes on receipt of Application form
Aug 23rd - 25th
SSD
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
SSD
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.
Sep 6th to 8th
SSD
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
SSD
LOUGH ALLENJack O'KeeffePreliminary notice of a return to this fascinating venue
Sep 6th - 8th
SSD
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
SSD
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
SSD
Norfolk Broads RallyJulian MersonPreliminary dates for your diary
Oct 12th
Shorebased
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.

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Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
March 23rd
Shorebased
Spring MeetingReunion of NKDE members to learn about the upcoming program, socialise and to enjoy a meal
2019

NETHERLANDSNKDESee the NKDE site for the Dutch Events Lots of fun planned. Google translate will provide the information.

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Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
July 12th to 15th
SSD
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
July 25th & 26th
SSD
West Ardnamurchan RegattaDavid SymeAnnual fun regatta based at Kilchoan. There is a magnificent trophy for the best Drascombe over the two days of sailing. A day's racing on Thursday, Morning only on Friday. In the afternoon there are rowing, canoeing and power boat races. Beer tent all day, Ceilidh at night.

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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