Drascombe Association

Events 2021

`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 events planned for the 2021 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 2021 Events

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List updated 11/01/2021

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
February 13th
SAN IDIRLíONJack O'KeeffeSpring get together, format subject to progress against coronavirus, unlikely to be a gathering. Joining instructions will be circulated close to the date.
Feb 27th & 28th

RYA Virtual Dinghy Show 2021 Dave StaniforthThe Drascombe Association will be exhibiting at this show which is being held on-line. Register here to participate.
March 06th
Northern area spring walkAndy BiggsSave the date for another sociable outing to meet greet and plan the plans with spring in the air and a spring in your step. More information in the FORUM.
March 20th
DA AGM 2021 On LineChris MasonThe 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 on this FORUM Thread .
March 26th
South Coast DinnerPeter TipladyDinner to be held in Chichester Yacht Club - contact Peter for more details
May 24th to 30th
South Coast CruiseDick PizeyCruise to Chichester and day sail in harbour
May 29th to June 5th
CRAOBH and WEST COASTBob HeasemanCraobh Marina managed to successfully operate once the main 2020 lockdown was lifted, so let's hope by May we are able to be safely back on the water to this great location. We will plan for our usual day sailing at the weekend followed by a cruise. Please register your interest and I will keep folk advised as things evolve at the Marina and in the surrounding area. No fee
June 18th
Strangford LoughJohn StanageThe Drascombe fleet is growing in Strangford Lough,we will be welcome to EDYC solstice celebrations. Details of the midsummer event including the date to be confirmed.
June 26th & 27th
CONISTONAndy BiggsAndy Biggs Come to the home of Swallows & Amazons and experience the world of Arthur Ransom The club has changed the way it collects visitor fees, so forms and payments will need to be submitted in advance. Please see FORUM for more details
Late June / Early July
South Coast CruiseDick PizeySolent to South West cruise and return
July 02nd
Pwllheli, North WalesDave StaniforthFri 2nd to Sun 4th will be based on the pontoons (SSD) with day sailing along the East coast of the Lleyn Peninsula to Criccieth/Abersoch/Llanbedrog/Pen Y Chain depending on the tide/wind. Mon 5th to Thurs 8th will be liveaboard on a cruise around Tremadog Bay - Porthmadog, Mochras Lagoon, Barmouth are options depending on wind and sea conditions. (Low tide is in the middle of the day)
Aug 13th to 15th

Falmouth 'Tall Ships' Rally 2021Nick HewsDA Rally based at Mylor Marina for the pre race period of the Tall Ships event. See the FORUM for more details.
Sep 01st to 3rd 2021
LOMOND feeder cruiseAlan WilliamsBalloch has become the preferred launching site with large slipway and adequate parking. Arriving on Wednesday 1st September, 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 3rd September, we will return to islands, joining main Rally attendees.
Sep 3rd to 5th 2021

LOCH LOMONDAlan WilliamsMuster on Friday at Swing Bay. Saturday 4th September Lomond Rally will meet on North Beach on Inchmurrin, sailing around islands before returning to Inchmurrin Hotel for overnight. Please note that The hotel runs a ferry service which would enable non sailing members to attend evening meal.
Sep 11th & 12th
UllswaterAndy BiggsUllswater based at the Glennridding Further details can be found on the forum


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
May 10th to 16th

Semaine du Golfe de MorbhanAssociation Semaine du Golfe du MorbihanIn the context of the current healt issues the communities, flotilla captains and participants are proceeding with implementation of the 11th Morbihan Week. We have some Drascombes registered to travel to this outstanding event - take a look at the program on the website. If you plan to travel Keep up to date with RYA information on customs and revenue requirements for bringing boats from UK to EU.
May 29th to June 5th
Sail CaledoniaGreat Glen Boating ClubThis professionally run raid for sail and oar was missed in 2020, the last edition in 2019 was won by the Drascombe Lugger "Two Brothers", next year's event is filling up rapidly. See the website for more or to join the queue
DrascampChurchouse BoatsPreliminary notice of the return of Drascamp. More information to follow or contact Sharon at CBL

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