Drascombe Association

Welcome to the Drascombe Association

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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. (Scroll down this page for the Latest News, or visit our Forum or click the photo to visit our Rally Galleries)

  • Red SailsRed Sails
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2020
  • Sailing into Loch NevisSailing into Loch Nevis
    Andy Biggs ©2020
  • Lost on the West CoastLost on the West Coast
    Steve Porteous ©2020
  • memory is action this year 2020memory is action this year 2020
    jol wardle ©2020
  • Places to bePlaces to be
    Tom Colville ©2020
  • Dorus MorDorus Mor
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2020
  • Dabber between lorient and groix islandDabber between lorient and groix island
    Pascal Potin ©2020
  • port -louis  at the slipwayport -louis at the slipway
    Pascal Potin ©2020
  • On the mooring after HurricaneOn the mooring after Hurricane
    Steve Colley ©2020
  • Swell SailingSwell Sailing
    Steve Porteous ©2020
  • Boarding PartyBoarding Party
    David Camlin ©2020


















The next deadline for submitting content to the DAN is 7 January 2024. Please ensure you have the copyright for any material you submit.

Please submit any change of address to the membership sec. to ensure you continue to receive your copy of DAN.
Added by AB - 13/11/2023

All new membership applications have been processed and packs, including the DA publication Getting the Most Out of Your Boat, are in the post to new members.
Added by dave s - 12/11/2023

DA Committee for 2023
At the 2023 AGM held on-line on 19th March in which 24 DA members participated, the committee were elected as follows:
Chairman Dave Staniforth
Secretary Peter Ainsworth
Treasurer Peter Ridgway
Communications- Andy Biggs

Area Reps-
East - Yann Lebeau
Ireland - Jack O’Keeffe
North- Andy Biggs
Scotland- Chris Mason
South West- Nick Hews
Wales and Midlands-John Christie
South- Sharon Geary- Harwood
Overseas- Ole Helgerson

Post Holders
Advertising- Niall Wardrop
DAN Editor-Andy Biggs
Membership- Dave Staniforth
Rally Co-ordination- Jack O’Keeffe
Shop- Aidan Williams
Webmaster- Chris Mason

Jack, our outgoing Chairman, was thanked for his leading of the DA Committee in the past 2 years.
Thank you to those who were prepared to continue serving on committee and a welcome for Peter R and Yann L to committee.

Dave Staniforth
Added by dave - 20/03/2023

Rally albums from 2015 are available to view under the Gallery tab.
The aim is to provide a selection of photos that give an impression of Drascombe Association Rallies to members and those considering joining.
Typically we try to limit photos to 10 per rally although this is not a hard limit.
If you have photos for either the website or the Drascombe Association News magazine please let us know.
Added by CM - 06/03/2023

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, 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 Spring 2021 version 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 Chris . 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.