Drascombe Association

Welcome to the Drascombe Association

  • MooringMooring
    P. Waller ©2016
  • Tight fit?Tight fit?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • Wild Cat IslandWild Cat Island
    Jolyon Wardle ©2013
  • Saturday racing at Bahia Concepción, MexicoSaturday racing at Bahia Concepción, Mexico
    F.Eisl ©2017
  • oulton broadoulton broad
    john christie ©2014
  • flying the flagflying the flag
    A.Biggs ©2017
  • AnchormanAnchorman
    Jol and Ian ©2017
  • Colourful DrascombesColourful Drascombes
    john christie ©2014
  • Lugger Silhouette in the UAELugger Silhouette in the UAE
    H.Denmead ©2017

The Drascombe Association on the Web

The Drascombe Association is a group of of over 1000 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.


2018-19 Photo Competition
Final reminder for photo submissions. See Photo Competition page for details.
The deadline for the competition is 31st December 2018.All photos submitted to 10th December have been uploaded.
Added by dave - 11/12/2018

2019 AGM Portsmouth
The 2019 AGM will be held in Portsmouth.
The venue, same as last year, The Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club has been booked for Saturday 23rd March 2019. More info to follow.
Added by jol - 04/12/2018

UK, EU & World New Memberships
All New Membership Applications are now completely Online automated - see "Join Us"
Added by jol - 01/12/2018

Adventure or Family Rallies, One day, one weekend or longer; several hundred people attend over 40 summer rallies see Events and start planning your Sailing Season!
Added by jol/jack - 01/12/2018

It is with great sadness we learnt that Stewart Brown, formerly of Churchouse Boats, had passed away. R.I.P
Added by jol - 24/09/2018

Data Protection
Due to recent changes in legislation, the Association has recently updated its Privacy Policy. It is an evolving document; your privacy is important to us.
To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, you will find a link to it at the bottom of every page on the Drascombe Site, which can also been seen here
Added by jol - 22/05/2018

Event/Rally Guidelines
The Rally Guidelines manual has been updated and revised, and is available to download by Members here.
Added by jol - 15/01/2018

Rally Albums for years 2011-18 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 - 08/01/2018

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

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

Membership of the DA runs for 12 months from the date of enrolment for new members who now join the association 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) and for those UK members who joined or renewed after 14/4/16 by Paypal or Go Cardless. 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.

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