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)

  • Swell SailingSwell Sailing
    Steve Porteous ©2020
  • Sailing into Loch NevisSailing into Loch Nevis
    Andy Biggs ©2020
  • Red SailsRed Sails
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2020
  • Dabber between lorient and groix islandDabber between lorient and groix island
    Pascal Potin ©2020
  • memory is action this year 2020memory is action this year 2020
    jol wardle ©2020
  • Lost on the West CoastLost on the West Coast
    Steve Porteous ©2020
  • port -louis  at the slipwayport -louis at the slipway
    Pascal Potin ©2020
  • Places to bePlaces to be
    Tom Colville ©2020
  • Boarding PartyBoarding Party
    David Camlin ©2020
  • Dorus MorDorus Mor
    Mary Ratcliffe ©2020
  • On the mooring after HurricaneOn the mooring after Hurricane
    Steve Colley ©2020

















All new membership applications have been processed and packs, including the DA publication Getting the Most Out of Your Boat, are in the post to new members.
Added by dave s - 25/07/2022

The recent issue of DAN 142, should now be with members.

The next deadline for submitting content to the DAN is 7 October 2022. Please ensure you have the copyright for any material you submit.

Please submit any change of address to the membership sec. to ensure you continue to receive your copy of DAN.
Added by AB - 13/05/2022

The DA has been asked to put out a call for volunteers to help at QM Sailability in SW London. This group uses Longboats to take children from local special needs schools sailing. Contact details can be found at https://www.queenmary.org.uk/sailing/sailability/
Added by dave - 12/04/2022

AGM 2022
Thanks to all the members who attended the recent virtual AGM. For those who were unable to attend, reports from the committee members can be found in the minutes and reports section of the members forum.

Added by AB - 22/03/2022

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 - 23/01/2018

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, 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.