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.
2017 AGM Belfast
The 2017 AGM celebrating 30 years since the Drascombe Association was created, and 50 years since the first Drascombe Lugger was built, will be in Belfast City Hall on 25 March from 1pm info here for Registered DA Members
Added by jol - 02/01/2017
2016 Photo Competition
The 2016 Competition is now open for voting.
see Photo Competition page.
Added by jol - 02/01/2017
It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Luke Churchouse has died. Forum thread
Luke was the founder of our Association and for the first ten years practically ran it himself. At a later date he was also President of the DA.
On behalf of the DA Committee and Members we extend our sincere condolences to Luke's family and friends.
The current edition of DAN includes a full appreciation of Luke Churchouse.
Added by jol - 14/09/2016
UK, EU & World New Memberships
All New Membership Applications are now completely Online automated - see "Join Us" Right
Added by jol - 14/04/2016
Rally Albums for years 2011-16 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 - 08/01/2016
228 attended over 30 summer rallies in 2013 see Events and start planning 2016!
Added by jol/jack - 05/01/2016
We have a few new new blogs on our links page. Two from the USA, one from Wales, one from NW England and one from the Netherlands
Added by jol - 31/03/2015
added some new 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
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
Subscriptions (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.
Note that the renewal date has been changed to 1st January and the amount increased to £15 (UK) on 1st January 2012.
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
(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
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.