Drascombe Association

Welcome to the Drascombe Association

  • Far from the madding crowdFar from the madding crowd
    Donald Macphee ©2013
  • WhoooshhWhoooshh
    john white ©2015
  • Colourful DrascombesColourful Drascombes
    john christie ©2014
  • Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi
    Capt Toby Haws, Marina Manager ©2013
  • water cannonwater cannon
    julian or john ©2014
  • Always maintain a lookoutAlways maintain a lookout
    Ian Lythgoe ©2013
  • Yoyo at AnchorYoyo at Anchor
    gordon harvey ©2015
  • At anchor, Port na MurrachAt anchor, Port na Murrach
    Andy Biggs ©2014
  • Where's he from?Where's he from?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • 'placid reflection'placid reflection
    peter waller ©2015
  • Move down the boat please, hold tightMove down the boat please, hold tight
    Gerald Turner ©2013
  • It's tightIt's tight
    Pat O'Leary ©2013
  • The Fastnet RaceThe Fastnet Race
    david mcwhirter ©2015
  • Fair winds in St Austell BayFair winds in St Austell Bay
    valerie jordan ©2015
  • oulton broadoulton broad
    john christie ©2014
  • Rudder ExtractionRudder Extraction
    david mcwhirter ©2014
  • Wild Cat IslandWild Cat Island
    Jolyon Wardle ©2013
  • A quiet departureA quiet departure
    Dick Pizey ©2013
  • Tight fit?Tight fit?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • Drascombing and the Art of NowDrascombing and the Art of Now
    bill gribble ©2014
  • The Final ReefThe Final Reef
    bill gribble ©2014
  • Welcome to NorwayWelcome to Norway
    jack o'keefe ©2014
  • Falmouth Rally St Justin in RoselandFalmouth Rally St Justin in Roseland
    tony wood ©2015
  • 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.


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 next edition of DAN will include 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

2016 Photo Competition
The 2016 Competition is now open for entries. see Voting for the 2015 Photo Competition for your favourite sailing photos has closed and results were in the last DAN. the 2016 Competition is now open for entries. see Photo Competition page.
Added by jol - 12/04/2016

AGM Bristol
The 2016 AGM was in Bristol on 19 March at 2pm info here for Registered DA Members
Added by t - 20/01/2016

Rally Albums for years 2011-15 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

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

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.

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