Drascombe Association

Events 2024

Events marked SSD are especially Suitable for Smaller Drascombes.

Members will find a link to a downloadable version of the application form in the Rally Toolkit in the Members section of the Forum.

If you would like some more information before deciding to attend any of the events all you need to do is to contact the organiser concerned - they will be glad to hear from you.

The committee encourages any Association member to organise additional rallies and will provide assistance if required. Please contact Jack O'Keeffe events@drascombe-association.org.uk

List of 2024 Events

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List updated 02/06/2024

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
June 20th to 23rd

BaltimoreZita OReillyMidsummer rally in Roaringwater bay - enjoy the islands and ocean before the RIBS arrive.....
June 24th to 27th
Cotswold Sailing Club RallyStephen Deakin 24 - 27 June 2024 mid-week rally First run in 2023 very successfully by Stephen Deakin – contact details in the DAN
July 1st to 4th
CONISTONAndy BiggsCome to the true home of Swallows and Amazon, BBQ and join the club race on Wednesday evening. More details can be found on the forum .
Date not set
Mayo Opportunity GrabJohn WhiteBlacksod, Broadhaven, Mullarany Bays and Iniskeas. Weather dependent, no dates, if interested contact John White on 00447918699033 to join a WhatsApp group.
Early July
Solway RaidDavid CamlinA few are planning to visit the Solway Firth in early July, setting sail from the East coast of Ulster and crossing the North Channel, then round the Mull of Galloway into the firth. See the preliminary plan HERE
July 5th to 12th
July FryTony WoodPreliminary notice of the event. Contact Tony for Details
July 5th to 7th
WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEAYann LebeauArrive preferably on Friday afternoon. Rally organised in conjunction with the Wells Day Boat Association in one of the most spectacular sailing areas of the East Coast of England. Details to follow on the Forum. See accounts of last year's rally in DAN 147
July 26th to 28th
RIVER THAMES - BENSONJohn ChristieCruise to Abingdon on Saturday and return to Benson, cruise to Pangbourne and back on Sunday.
July 27th to August 10th
August ThirstTony WoodCruise culminating in Ashlett Regatta. Contact Tony for more details
Aug 9th to 11th
Bristol – Bath RallyJohn ChristieThis popular rally will be run again this year. Launch at Bristol Marina, navigate to Bath, stay overnight (live aboard, hotel, B&B), cream tea at Beese’s Tea Rooms on way back. Although licences are needed – these are not expensive and are easy to get. Full details on application. Please book early.
Aug 16th to 18th
STRANGFORD LOUGHDavid WalkerProvisional dates - Return to East Down YC for a weekend of days afloat and nights ashore with all services one might need.
Aug 28th to 30th
LOCH LOMOND FeederAlan WilliamsBalloch will be hosting the Swimming event again this weekend. Therefore arrangements have been made for us to launch on Wednesday and recover Monday. Parking will be provided by Lomond Shores overspill car park which has cctv. Arriving on Wednesday 28th August, the group will stop overnight amongst islands, heading north to Ardlui Marina following day.Ardlui Hotel has rooms or “glampiing pods” for those wishing to stay onshore overnight. Friday 30th August, we will return to islands, joining main Rally attendees.
Aug 30th Sep 2nd
LOCH LOMONDAlan WilliamsFor those wishing to arrive on Friday, arrangements have been made to launch/recover from Ross Priory. Muster on Friday at Swing Bay. Saturday, Rally will sail around islands before heading to Port Bawn for overnight. Sunday, rally will sail around islands before heading to Inchmurrin for overnight and meal at Hotel. Please note that The hotel runs a ferry service which would enable non sailing members to attend evening meal, plus a few extra self catering chalets
September TBC
NetherlandsTony WoodProposals for a trip to the Netherlands are being developed - contact Tony Wood
Sep 06th to 8th
ULLSWATERAlan WilliamsUllswater Rally, at The Glennridding Sailing Centre. Please note, limited to 12 boats so early booking advisable. Friday evening meal at local pub, sailing itinerary subject to local weather conditions. BBQ Saturday night - musicians welcome.
Sep 7th to 8th
NORFOLK BROADSYann LebeauOur regular September Broad rally will this year explore the rivers Bure and Thurne from a base at the Bureside Holiday Park, close to the Thurne mouth. Details to follow on the Forum.
Sep 13th to 15th
LOUGH ERNEDavid CamlinA weekend at LEYC - excellent Yacht Club & camping facillities and lots to see and do. See preliminary briefing HERE
Sep 20th and 21st
Gloucester Ring TripJohn ChristieStarted in 1973, this trip has been done 30 – 40 times. Rig on Friday, late back Saturday. Unique trip, 28 miles to Gloucester from Lydney in 4 ¼ hours, lunch, Gloucester-Sharpness Canal in afternoon, Sharpness , dinner on canal side, one mile to Lydney. Full details on Application
Oct 5th to 8th

October "First"Tony WoodThe first shall be last - Traditional end of season rally in the South Coast. Contact Tony Wood
Nov 9th
Scottish Region Winter MeetRob EvansProvisionally booked for the Royal Tay Yacht Club in Broughty Ferry. Further details to be provided shortly.


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
June 22nd
CARSINGTON RESERVOIRJohn ChristieSee Small Traditional Sailing Boats
Sep 14th
Southampton Boat ShowSharon Geary-HarwoodMeet your makers at this major event

There is a default £5 registration fee for each event, payable to the organiser. Rallies are only open to members of the Association - details of how to join the Association are here.

On longer cruises it is best to plan as if you were going to make the trip on your own. Have adequate safety gear, communications, spare parts and tools to suit the itinerary. The other boats are there for company and reassurance, not to be relied upon for basic needs.

Please assist by timely informing the organiser of your intentions regarding participation, before and during the event.