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)

  • julian merson ©2018
  • New Helm and CrewNew Helm and Crew
    Gordon Mackellar ©2019
  • Saturday racing at Bahia Concepción, MexicoSaturday racing at Bahia Concepción, Mexico
    F.Eisl ©2017
  • oulton broadoulton broad
    john christie ©2014
  • Sailing at Bahia Concepción, MexicoSailing at Bahia Concepción, Mexico
    F.Eisl ©2017
  • The Fastnet RaceThe Fastnet Race
    david mcwhirter ©2015
  • Tight fit?Tight fit?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • WhoooshhWhoooshh
    john white ©2015
  • Coaster Mellon at close quarters on Horsey MereCoaster Mellon at close quarters on Horsey Mere
    j.merson ©2016
  • A man's best mate, his dog and his beer.A man's best mate, his dog and his beer.
    H.Denmead ©2017
  • All quiet at LagganAll quiet at Laggan
    Steve Porteous ©2019
  • Summer Memory 2016Summer Memory 2016
    j.wardle ©2016
  • flying the flagflying the flag
    A.Biggs ©2017
  • Evening anchorageEvening anchorage
    Andy Biggs ©2018
  • Scaffie chasing the Canadair water bomberScaffie chasing the Canadair water bomber
    O.Helgerson ©2017
  • sunday on Derwent Watersunday on Derwent Water
    A Biggs ©2016
  • Colourful DrascombesColourful Drascombes
    john christie ©2014
  • The crew arrivesThe crew arrives
    Andy Biggs ©2018
  • Splashing down Loch LomondSplashing down Loch Lomond
    Steve Porteous ©2019

















All Membership applications and change of details received up to 12th January have been processed.
Added by dave s - 15/01/2021

RYA C19 Advice
latest RYA info here (Please also refer to your Country's National association)

Added by dave - 15/01/2021

2021 AGM Glasgow
Following the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 AGM due to the pandemic, the Drascombe Association 2021 Annual General Meeting will be convened on Saturday 20th March at 1330, online by way of Zoom. Further details can be found in the FORUM Member's Section
Added by DS - 01/01/2021

2020-21 Photo Competition
I've just closed (for entries) the Drascombe Association Photo Competition for 2020 and opened it up for Members to Vote.
Despite the restrictions this past year, the Sailing and Boat Photos from all over are a delight and can be seen by the Public .
Keep Safe Sane and Smiling xx

Prizes for 2019 year winners not presented at this year's cancelled AGM have now been enthusiastically received, and their winning photos have been added to the Front page slideshow above.

See Photo Competition page for details.

Added by jol - 01/01/2021

The next deadline for submitting content to the DAN is 1 April 2021.Please ensure you have the copyright for any material you submit.
Added by AB - 31/12/2020

Your Association Needs You
Julian Merson who has been a member of the committee for over ten years is standing down from his current roles as Secretary and East Coast area rep. During his time on the committee Julian has also served as Treasurer. He has organised a number of rallies over the years on both on the tidal waters of the Orwell and Stour, as well as inland waters such as the Broads and Rutland Water. Our thanks and appreciation for his hard work go to Julian and we wish him all the very best for the future.

The DA are now looking for another member to take on this important role of Secretary and as an Officer of the DA. If you are interesting in taking this on, please get in touch with our Chairman, Niall Wardrop.
Added by dave s - 03/12/2020

Wooden Boat Register
just updated the Wooden Boat Register and added link to Menu above. see here to view the Register
Added by jol - 24/09/2020

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 2011-20 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

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:

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