Drascombe Association

Welcome to the Drascombe Association

  • oulton broadoulton broad
    john christie ©2014

  • D Mc Whirter ©2014
  • Flat calmFlat calm
    John Fingland ©2014
  • leaving Tarbertleaving Tarbert
    Chris Smith ©2012
  • HatsHats
    Jack O'Keeffe ©2011
  • Do you come here often?Do you come here often?
    Toby Tobias ©2013
  • Wild Cat IslandWild Cat Island
    Jolyon Wardle ©2013
  • Evil under the swanEvil under the swan
    Toby Tobias ©2013
  • Salen pontoonSalen pontoon
    Bob Heasman ©2012
  • Loch SunartLoch Sunart
    Tom Colville ©2012
  • Perfect DayPerfect Day
    Toby Tobias ©2013
  • Back to LargsBack to Largs
    Chris Smith ©2012
  • A great sailA great sail
    John Peal ©2013
  • Storm on the beachStorm on the beach
    Chris Smith ©2014
  • Tight fit?Tight fit?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • La RetourLa Retour
    Jack O'Keeffe ©2013
  • AccessibilityAccessibility
    Jolyon Wardle ©2013

  • D Mc Whirter ©2014
  • Fleet on beachFleet on beach
    Chris Smith ©2014
  • Sound of MullSound of Mull
    Tom Colville ©2012

  • D Mc Whirter ©2014
  • Move down the boat please, hold tightMove down the boat please, hold tight
    Gerald Turner ©2013
  • Spray under jib and MizzenSpray under jib and Mizzen
    Greg Penoyre ©2014
  • Horsey MillHorsey Mill
    John Peal ©2013
  • A quiet departureA quiet departure
    Dick Pizey ©2013
  • Marsh Magic and the DomeMarsh Magic and the Dome
    Greg Penoyre ©2014

  • Vernon Turnbull ©2011
  • Motoring back upstream against the windMotoring back upstream against the wind
    Greg Penoyre ©2014
  • Swallows?Swallows?
    Anne Yates ©2011
  • Where's he from?Where's he from?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • Dabber under sailDabber under sail
    Bill Gribble ©2011
  • Colourful DrascombesColourful Drascombes
    john christie ©2014
  • Far from the madding crowdFar from the madding crowd
    Donald Macphee ©2013
  • loch Fyneloch Fyne
    Chris Smith ©2012
  • One of many rainbowsOne of many rainbows
    Greg Penoyre ©2014
  • You missed a bitYou missed a bit
    Jolyon Wardle ©2013
  • MudlarkingMudlarking
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • Drascombes at restDrascombes at rest
    Cheri Crosley ©2013
  • It's tightIt's tight
    Pat O'Leary ©2013
  • DeepGo DykeDeepGo Dyke
    John Peal ©2013
  • TyboatTyboat
    Simon Farley ©2012
  • Clarach MaryClarach Mary
    John Fingland ©2012
  • Passing through the BarrierPassing through the Barrier
    Greg Penoyre ©2014
  • Kames Hotel beachKames Hotel beach
    Chris Smith ©2012

  • A Rhodes ©2014
  • Port na MurrachPort na Murrach
    John Fingland ©2014
  • water cannonwater cannon
    julian or john ©2014

  • D Mc Whirter ©2014

  • A Rhodes ©2014
  • Excitement unboundedExcitement unbounded
    Jolyon Wardle ©2013
  • Skiff MinimSkiff Minim
    Vernon Turnbull ©2011
  • SeevaSeeva
    Greg Penoyre ©2014
  • Always maintain a lookoutAlways maintain a lookout
    Ian Lythgoe ©2013
  • WaitingWaiting
    Pat O'Leary ©2013

The Drascombe Association on the Web

The Drascombe Association is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to the traditional-style sailing boats designed by the late John Watkinson. Over 5000 Drascombes of all types have been built since the first Lugger was launched in 1966. They are all simple, rugged, and seakindly.


2014-15 Photo Competition
The 2014-15 Photo Competition for your favourite sailing photos has opened for submissions; (results at AGM) Info at 2014-15 Website Photo Competition page.
Added by jol - 24/11/2014

added some wonderful new Dabber Articles for your reading pleasure - click Articles in the Menu above, then scroll down for newest articles. (by all means submit your own..)
Added by jol - 28/06/2014

EU & World New Memberships
EU & Worldwide New Membership Applications are now completely Online automated - see "Join Us" above
Added by jol - 08/12/2013

228 attended over 30 summer rallies in 2013 see Events and start planning 2015!
Added by jol/jack - 29/10/2013

Rally Albums for years 2008-14 are available to view. Click Gallery above. Please send in your sailing photos. info here. We have also added a Members' offsite gallery Archive
Added by jol - 08/09/2013

drasapp Why not add the new Drascombe App to your smartphone or iPad see this thread on the Forum (register for pictures)
Added by jol - 30/04/2013

We have four new blogs on our links page. Two from the USA, one from Wales and one from the Netherlands
Added by jol - 01/03/2013

Note that the renewal date has been changed to 1st January and the amount increased to £15 (UK) on 1st January 2012.

(Renewals are now automated for EU & World Applications and Renewals made after 7/12/13) Please check the membership secretary's reminder for more details.

Drascombe Association News

DAN is our quarterly hardcopy magazine, usually between 40 and 48 pages. Mailed out to members, it is written for and by the membership. Please see the guidelines for submitting articles and images for DAN.
(A Sample edited pdf version from 2013 is now available for non members; click the cover above to download.)

Contributions (especially pictures or Owner's View items for the About Drascombes page) are always welcome and should be sent to Jol. Please see the guidelines for website submissions.

The Drascombe Forum is the place where you can ask questions, have discussions, and research anything to do with Drascombes. Here are the most recent active topics:

Books - Featured Book

Practical Dinghy Cruiser
Paul Constantine

Dinghy Cruising is a popular, practical activity, pursued by hundreds if not thousands of sailors. Surprisingly, there is no recognized, single style of craft specifically for this sport. Each person taking it up must find their own boat and then modify it to make it suitable for their own chosen undertaking. This book is the key to unlocking that whole experience, on a tight budget.

Amazon online bookshop        ICRA