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)

  • sunday on Derwent Watersunday on Derwent Water
    A Biggs ©2016
  • The Fastnet RaceThe Fastnet Race
    david mcwhirter ©2015
  • Summer Memory 2016Summer Memory 2016
    j.wardle ©2016
  • WhoooshhWhoooshh
    john white ©2015
  • flying the flagflying the flag
    A.Biggs ©2017
  • Coaster Mellon at close quarters on Horsey MereCoaster Mellon at close quarters on Horsey Mere
    j.merson ©2016
  • oulton broadoulton broad
    john christie ©2014
  • Colourful DrascombesColourful Drascombes
    john christie ©2014
  • Evening anchorageEvening anchorage
    Andy Biggs ©2018

  • julian merson ©2018
  • The crew arrivesThe crew arrives
    Andy Biggs ©2018
  • A man's best mate, his dog and his beer.A man's best mate, his dog and his beer.
    H.Denmead ©2017
  • Sailing at Bahia Concepción, MexicoSailing at Bahia Concepción, Mexico
    F.Eisl ©2017
  • Tight fit?Tight fit?
    Peter Waller ©2013
  • Saturday racing at Bahia Concepción, MexicoSaturday racing at Bahia Concepción, Mexico
    F.Eisl ©2017
  • Scaffie chasing the Canadair water bomberScaffie chasing the Canadair water bomber
    O.Helgerson ©2017

















The following events have unfortunately been cancelled:
Gloucester Ring Trip Aug 21st to 23rd
Lomond Feeder Cruise Sep 2nd to 4th
LOCH LOMOND Sep 5th & 6th

The next deadline for submitting content to the DAN is 15 October 2020.Please ensure you have the copyright for any material you submit.
Added by AB - 15/07/2020

Forthcoming Events

The DA wishes to support different Country's advice about C19 and therefore many of the organised rallies have been Cancelled. However as the Countries open up, some Events are being organised. latest info in this thread on the Forum

Stay Close, but Physically Distant***

Added by jol - 07/07/2020

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

Unlimited outdoor activity is now permitted in England including all forms of boating, however as the RYA states:

We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach

• Be considerate: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services.

• Be conservative: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating.

Added by jol - 01/07/2020

Bob Brown, former owner of Honnor Marine, has died of CV19
Our Sympathy to his Family, Friends and Colleagues. Forum thread here
Added by jol - 21/04/2020

2020-21 Photo Competition
Photocomp is now open for submissions
Added by jol - 20/03/2020

2020 AGM Glasgow
The 2020 DA AGM in Glasgow on Saturday 21st March had to be CANCELLED See this Forum post for forthcoming AGM Reports Photocomp results and more details including possible rescheduling.
Added by jol - 15/03/2020

Adventure or Family Rallies, One day, one weekend or longer; several hundred people attend over 40 summer rallies see Events and start planning your 2019 Sailing Season!
Added by jol/jack - 27/02/2019

UK, EU & World New Memberships
All New Membership Applications are now completely Online automated - see "Join Us"
Added by jol - 01/12/2018

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

Rally Albums for years 2011-18 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

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

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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