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 20/03/2019

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
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 3rd - 5th
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 4th & 5th
Lowestoft LoopJulian MersonArrive either Friday evening or Saturday morning; launch Oulton Broad. Out through Lowestoft harbour, up the coast to Great Yarmouth harbour. Stop overnight somewhere around Reedham Ferry. Return via Broads to Oulton Broad on the Sunday.
May 8th - 16th
Ardnacrusha FeederDavif CamlinDavid Camlin as the pied piper will be sailing from Crom Estate (Bun Jetty) down the length of the great Shannon River to join up with the Sweet and Salt week at Killaloe on May 16th before the passage through Ardnacrusha dam next day. You can join or leave at any stage - this is a great opportunity to enjoy the Shannon in good company. David has issued details of the feeder here .
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 17th - 19th
BLACKWATER RIVERJulian MersonBased at Bradwell Marina - more 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 17 - 26th
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 RallyTBCRally organiser post vacant.... The 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
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
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 - all facilities available at the club. On Saturday the fleet will be joined by participants in the Sailability programme. On Sunday we will explore the Lough as weather and tides permit, haul out for those leaving. Some may wish to extend the rally to take part in the first day or so of the following cruise to Strangford. More information here
June 14th - 16th
Hampton Court PalaceStephen DeakinRiver cruise from the River Wey into the Thames to Hampton Court Palace and return. Launch from the new Cartbridge marina, Send - near to A3 / M25 junction. This is quite a long and an interesting cruise that takes us through some lovely scenery and past some unusual sites. We moor at Hampton Court Palace along the public towpath on the Saturday evening or anchor in the river. SSD although live aboard ability on the Saturday night will be useful.
June 16 - 21
Strangford FeederJohn WhiteThe tide on Monday  will allow a sail up the Clanrye River in to Newry. The sail to East  Down Yacht Club can be done in a couple of days, we will take most of  the week to do it to arrive in time for the Strangford Lough Rally  stopping at suitable harbours and bays along the way. Some of us will  probably want to sail back to Carlingford Lough again. Transport will be provided for those who need to get their vehicles and haul out at EDYC. See link on Carlingford Event for details
June 21st to 23rd
BRIXHAMMike LloydThis event has been cancelled for 2019, we will be back in Brixham in 2020
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 JordanThe Fowey estuary is the home of Wind in the Willows. We will be based at Mixtow Pill and sailing to St Austell Bay, Lantic Bay or Polperro - or take a trip up the pretty Fowey estuary if the weather is bad. Bring a BBQ for Friday night and there is a Rally Dinner at the Quay Cafe on Saturday. There is camping next to the marina and B&B just across the fields at the Old Ferry Inn, Boddinick.
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.
June 29 & 30th
WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEAJulian MersonMore details on the course in due course, of course. All will be well on the sea.
July 6 - 18
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
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
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
DARTMOUTHMark WilkinsonPreliminary notice of this event. More information to follow
July 26th - 28th
LLANDEGFEDD 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
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
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.
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
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 MersonPreliminary dates for your diary
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

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


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
May 25th - June 1st
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.
June 28th - 30th
Puffin-a-WeyStephen DeakinWe are guests of the National Trust and the Steam Boat Association at their nautical weekend, "Puffin-a-Wey", on the River Wey at the Trust's beautiful Dapdune Wharf in the heart of Guildford. We will river cruise with steam powered boats and BBQ with the Trust and SBA on the Saturday evening. Places are limited so please book early. This is river cruising at its best.
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
July 25th & 26th
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