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)

  • Coaster Mellon at close quarters on Horsey MereCoaster Mellon at close quarters on Horsey Mere
    j.merson ©2016
  • Sailing at Bahia Concepción, MexicoSailing at Bahia Concepción, Mexico
    F.Eisl ©2017
  • WhoooshhWhoooshh
    john white ©2015
  • oulton broadoulton broad
    john christie ©2014

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

















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

All Membership applications and change of details received up to 30th November have been processed - 21 new members joined in the past month.
Added by dave s - 30/11/2020

2020-21 Photo Competition
Photocomp is now open for submissions

Prizes for 2019 year winners not presented at this year's cancelled AGM are being sent out soon by Jack, and their winning photos have been added to the Front page slideshow above.

See Photo Competition page for details.

Added by jol - 29/11/2020

There have been 36 new members who joined the Association during the past two months. A significant number of these are planning to buy a second-hand boat for the 2021 season. There are significantly fewer boats available in the UK market than in the Autumn of 2018. If you have a boat that has been unused for a few seasons and might need some work to bring it back into use, then think about selling it on.

Whilst the Association is always sorry to lose members, it is always good to see as many and a wide variety of boats at our Rallies.
Added by dave s - 23/11/2020

The next deadline for submitting content to the DAN is 31 December 2020.Please ensure you have the copyright for any material you submit.
Added by AB - 20/10/2020

2021 AGM Glasgow
Following the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 AGM due to C19, it is proposed that the 2021 AGM will be held on Saturday 20 March 2021, starting at 1.30. Due to the uncertainty about future travel restrictions and the change in T&C’s from the original venue, the plan is to hold the AGM as an online event. Further information will be shared nearer the date, through the forum and members are asked to use the email address agm@drascombe-association.org.uk to make further enquires.
Added by AB - 13/10/2020

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

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

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

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:

Books - Featured Book

Practical Dinghy Cruiser
Paul Constantine

Dinghy Cruising is a popular, practical activity, pursued by hundreds if not thousands of sailors. Surprisingly, there is no recognized, single style of craft specifically for this sport. Each person taking it up must find their own boat and then modify it to make it suitable for their own chosen undertaking. This book is the key to unlocking that whole experience, on a tight budget.

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