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 Pax ,Mulroy Bay,Co DonegalCoaster Pax ,Mulroy Bay,Co Donegal
    Kim Roberts ©2022
  • The arms race is getting out of hand.The arms race is getting out of hand.
    Kim Roberts ©2021
  • All quiet in the cove, Baltimore, Aug-22.All quiet in the cove, Baltimore, Aug-22.
    Roy Johnston ©2022
  • Castle Gylen - A rarely accessed anchorageCastle Gylen - A rarely accessed anchorage
    Penny Excell ©2022
  • Is it time to get up yet?Is it time to get up yet?
    Steve Porteous ©2022
  • Lunch stop Holy Island Lough Derg.Lunch stop Holy Island Lough Derg.
    John Holden ©2022
  • All the colours of the rainbowAll the colours of the rainbow
    Michael Corbett ©2022
  • Child’s Play (daughter at the helm)Child’s Play (daughter at the helm)
    Neil Stainthorpe ©2021
  • Heading for HomeHeading for Home
    Dan Walsh ©2021
  • Sunset in Baltimore.Sunset in Baltimore.
    John Holden ©2022
  • Sunrise on Lough ErneSunrise on Lough Erne
    Tony Wright ©2022
  • Le Dabberben in BrittanyLe Dabberben in Brittany
    Pascal Potin ©2021
  • LunchstopLunchstop
    Arthur Jones ©2022
  • The hills of MullThe hills of Mull
    Arthur Jones ©2022
  • The peace of the MediterraneanThe peace of the Mediterranean
    Robert Best ©2021
  • Into the weatherInto the weather
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2021
  • Homeward BoundHomeward Bound
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2021
  • Cutting through the wavesCutting through the waves
    Neil Stainthorpe ©2021
  • Departing SkelligsDeparting Skelligs
    Pat Jones ©2021
  • Night falls on Holy LochNight falls on Holy Loch
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2022
  • Lugger passing Dromore Castle, Kenmare River, Aug-Lugger passing Dromore Castle, Kenmare River, Aug-
    Roy Johnston ©2021

















The latest edition of our magazine is in the post to members around the world.
Please think about contributing to future editions of DAN.
The deadline for submissions to DAN150 is 1st August.
Send your contribution to DANews@drascombe-association.org.uk
Added by dave s - 28/05/2024

2024 AGM
The AGM was held on 10th March at 1700GMT on Zoom. There were 21 DA members attending. The reports tabled can be found on the Member's section of the forum here.
The following officers were re-elected:
Chairman - Dave Staniforth
Treasurer - Peter Ridgway
Secretary - Peter Ainsworth
The position of Publicity Officer is vacant.
Added by dave s - 11/03/2024

Photo Competition
The winners are as follows:
Category: Action
Zippy by name, Zippy by nature
Penny Excell

Category: Funny (Joint winners)
Next stop Henley!
Mary Ratcliffe
Pat Jones or a zebra loose in Kinvara?
Kim Roberts

Category: General
Waiting for wind Lough Allen
Kim Roberts

Category: Video
Sailing a Dabber to Rathlin
David Poots
Added by DS - 10/03/2024

Rally albums from 2015 are available to view under the Gallery tab.
The aim is to provide a selection of photos that give an impression of Drascombe Association Rallies to members and those considering joining.
Typically we try to limit photos to 10 per rally although this is not a hard limit.
If you have photos for either the website or the Drascombe Association News magazine please let us know.
Added by CM - 06/03/2023

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, 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 Spring 2021 version 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 Chris . 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.