Drascombe Association

Welcome to the Drascombe Association

  • oulton broadoulton broad
    john christie ©2014
  • Colourful DrascombesColourful Drascombes
    john christie ©2014
  • WaitingWaiting
    Pat O'Leary ©2013
  • Welcome to NorwayWelcome to Norway
    jack o'keefe ©2014
  • flying the flagflying the flag
    A.Biggs ©2017
  • Wild Cat IslandWild Cat Island
    Jolyon Wardle ©2013
  • Where's he from?Where's he from?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • MooringMooring
    P. Waller ©2016
  • Always maintain a lookoutAlways maintain a lookout
    Ian Lythgoe ©2013
  • Move down the boat please, hold tightMove down the boat please, hold tight
    Gerald Turner ©2013
  • A quiet departureA quiet departure
    Dick Pizey ©2013
  • It's tightIt's tight
    Pat O'Leary ©2013
  • Tight fit?Tight fit?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • Far from the madding crowdFar from the madding crowd
    Donald Macphee ©2013
  • AnchormanAnchorman
    Jol and Ian ©2017
  • Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi
    Capt Toby Haws, Marina Manager ©2013
  • Saturday racing at Bahia ConcepciĆ³n, MexicoSaturday racing at Bahia ConcepciĆ³n, Mexico
    F.Eisl ©2017
  • 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.


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 - 28/03/2018

2018 AGM Portsmouth
The 2018 AGM was held in Portsmouth. More info here for Members
Added by jol - 05/02/2018

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

2017-18 Photo Competition
The 2017-18 Competition Voting now Closed. Results at the AGM and in next DAN.
see Photo Competition page.

Added by jol - 26/10/2017

Honnor Marine now Sold
More info in this thread on the Forum
Added by jol - 04/08/2017

UK, EU & World New Memberships
All New Membership Applications are now completely Online automated - see "Join Us"
Added by jol - 14/04/2016

Rally Albums for years 2011-17 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

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) and for those UK members who joined or renewed after 14/4/16 by Paypal. 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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