Drascombe Association

Events 2020

`Nice? It's the ONLY thing,' said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. `Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,' he went on dreamily: `messing--about--in--boats; messing--about in boats--or WITH boats,' the Rat went on composedly, picking himself up with a pleasant laugh.

"In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."

- Kenneth Graham - The Wind in the Willows

The DA wishes to support the Government's advice about C19 and therefore it seems unlikely that organised rallies will happen in the near future. Many sailing clubs have already either closed their buildings or are not welcoming visitors. As advice changes members should contact individual rally organisers to see if an event is running.
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***Stay Safe Everyone, Socially Close, but Physically Distant***

The events planned for the 2020 season are listed below. The contact details of organisers are shown in DAN. If an event is "greyed out", then you've missed it! But look out for the writeups on the Articles page and photos in the Galleries.

Events marked SSD are especially Suitable for Smaller Drascombes.

The events are split into three sections: rallies organised by Association Members, events organised by our Dutch colleagues (NKDE), and other non-Drascombe events, likely to be of interest to Drascombe sailors. Note that names alongside non-DA events are Drascombe contacts not event organisers (unless stated).

You must complete an Application Form if you wish to attend an event. Application forms are supplied with the DAN.

Members will find a link to a downloadable version of the application form in the Rally Toolkit in the Members section of the Forum.
(You must be logged in and registered as a DA member to see this section).

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

Send the completed form, with your registration fee (if one is specified), to the organiser whose name appears against the event. Members will find a link to a list of organisers with their contact details in DAN and 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.

The revised (2018) guide to rallies is available for attendees and organisers to download.

to view a past year's events, click the available year in the right menu, then click the radio button "show all events" below, to see past events greyed out (+ events still to come from present year & beyond)

List of 2020 Events

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List updated 22/05/2020

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
CANCELLED
May 29th to 31st or June 12 to 14

DARTMark WilkinsonCancelled due to lack of suitable tide
CANCELLED
June 5th to 7th

BRIXHAMMike LloydCOVID 19 impact: Cancelled
CANCELLED
June 5th to 7th
SSD
KENNET & AVON CANALJohn Christie COVID 19 impact: Cancelled
CANCELLED
June 5th to 18th
Liveaboard
L.Neagh navigation & Strangford feederDavid Camlin COVID 19 impact: Cancelled
June 19th ro 21st
SSD
STRANGFORD LOUGHJohn Stanage COVID 19 Impact This year the event at East Down Yacht Club will be open to local bats and those within the travel range in force at the time. Contact John for the current update
CANCELLED
June 26th to 28th
SSD
RIVER WEYStephen DeakinCOVID 19 impact: the National Trust and the Steam Boat Association have cancelled this rally
CANCELLED
June 27th

CONISTONAndy BiggsCOVID 19 impact: Cancelled
CANCELLED
July 10th to 13th
SSD
Boyne Valley RaidGarry Owens COVID 19 impact: Cancelled
July TBC
Liveaboard
Fal cruiseDick PizeyPreliminary notice of the event Join Solent based sailors trailing to the Fal for a week of sailing, with respect for the COVID measures as current for the even.
CANCELLED
July 19th to 21st
SSD
CARDIFF BAYJohn Christie COVID 19 impact: Cancelled
CANCELLED
Late July
Liveaboard
FORTH & CLYDEGraham RussellCOVID 19 impact: Postponed This event is something that could be arranged at short notice when the opportunity arises.
July 24th to 26th
SSD
RIVER CROUCHTom KeeperWe're returning to the River Crouch for the first time in many years. Glorious east coast river location. Starting at Burnham-on-Crouch, will be joined by local shallow draft boats for a day cruise up the Crouch with the tide on Saturday, spending the night moored or camping at South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club before returning to Burnham with the tide on Sunday. Please send application forms to Julian Merson in the first instance, who will forward them to Tom Keeper, organiser
July 30th & 31st
SSD
West Ardnamurchan RegattaDave SymeAnnual fun regatta based at Kilchoan. There is a magnificent trophy for the best Drascombe over the two days of sailing. A day's racing on Thursday, Morning only on Friday. In the afternoon there are rowing, canoeing and power boat races. Special Drascombe prize. Beer tent all day, Ceilidh at night.
Aug 1st for a week or so
SSD
LLANGOLLEN & MONTGOMERY CANALSStephen DeakinThe Llangollen and Montgomery are beautiful canals with much of interest to see from the world's highest aqueduct to long tunnels to gorgeous scenery. We will also try and cruise the currently isolated ten mile stretch of the Monty if this is possible. This is a truly outstanding area with much to do both off and on the water. This is a week long multi-day holiday rally beginning on the Saturday - leave when you wish. Liveaboard, or camp, or B and B.
Aug 12th to 16th

BALTIMOREJack O'Keeffe COVID 19 impact: Sailing program to proceed, shore program may be impacted. We return to Roaringwater Bay for this major event of cruising round islands with beach games ashore, and good food and music in the evenings. Perfect Drascombe territory with stunning scenery.
CANCELLED
Aug 21st to 23rd
SSD
Gloucester Ring TripJohn Christie COVID 19 impact: Cancelled
CANCELLED
Sep 2nd to 4th
Liveaboard
Lomond Feeder CruiseAlan WilliamsCOVID 19 impact: Cancelled
CANCELLED
Sep 5th & 6th

LOCH LOMONDAlan Williams COVID 19 Impact: Cancelled
Sep 11th to 13th
SSD
LOUGH CORRIBrev. David WilliamsBased in the Northern end of the lake - Lisloughry/Oughterard - More details to follow.
Sep 12th &13th

ULLSWATERAndy BiggsThis year's Ullswater rally is being held jointly with the OGA, trailer section at Glenridding Sailing Centre. Fee £45. It may be necessary to limit numbers, so early booking would be appreciated. On Friday evening we can eat in the pub. Saturday there will be a treasure hunt (No anagrams this year) & a bring your own BBQ. Musicians pwelcome. If you can take extra crew let Andy know. See the FORUM
Sep 18th to 20th
SSD
Norfolk Broads rallyJulian MersonBased at the Waveney River Centre. More details in due course.
Oct 2nd to 4th
SSD
Basingstoke Canal Autumn colours rallyStephen DeakinThe Basingstoke is the quietest and prettiest canal in the south of England. It is heavily tree lined and the Autumn colours are usually spectacular. It is still warm in the south of England in early October so do come and join this last rally of the season! Live aboard, camp, or B and B.
May 28th to June 5th
Liveaboard
CRAOBH and WEST COASTBob HeasemanPrelininary notice of this event

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Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details

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Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
CANCELLED
June 13th to 20th

Seafair Haven 2020Talll Ships Wales Trust COVID19 Impact: Postponed See the website
CANCELLED
Aug 1st & 2nd

WHITSTABLE HARBOURWhitstable MaritimeCOVID 19 impact: Cancelled
Aug 10th to 16th

Drascamp 2020Drascombe CBLBased at Suffolk Yacht Harbour on the River Orwell we will be able to explore the Orwell and the Stour as well as the Walton Backwaters – setting for the Arthur Ransome book ‘Secret Water’. A family friendly event with lots to see and visit locally as well as enjoying your Drascombe on the water. Drascombe (CBL) are supporting and organising this not for profit event – for details contact sharon(at)drascombe.uk and see the FORUM

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.

The booklet SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR RECREATIONAL BOAT USERS provides guidance on appropriate equipment and preparations. It is available from the RYA, 0845 345 0400 or the RNLI, 0845 122 6999. Both also provide other guidelines and checklists.

PLEASE tell the organiser AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:

  • That you are coming and are insured
  • If you need help
  • If you cancel or will arrive late
  • If you leave the rally early

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