Drascombe Association

Events 2022

Events marked SSD are especially Suitable for Smaller Drascombes.

Members will find a link to a downloadable version of the application form 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 events@drascombe-association.org.uk

List of 2022 Events

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List updated 21/05/2022

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
May 27th to 30th
The Copper Coast and the DeiseRoy JohnstonSail Waterford's Copper Coast from Dungarvan to Dunmore East visiting small harbours & secluded bays along the way. Then follow the Waterford Estuary up into the heart of the city. Finally, return to Dungarvan via the Waterford Greenway, our first boat & bike rally!
See joining insteructions HERE
May 31st to June 8th
Solent to Weynouth CruiseJim HopwoodSail past the Needles, Old Harry, Durdle Door and the Jurassic Coast to attend the free Wessex Folk Festival which is held around Weymouth harbour. One way trips possible, returning by train and bus to collect car and trailer. Launch and park at Ashlett Sailing Club, Fawley or in Weymouth.
June 4th to 11th
Craobh West CoastBob HeasmanWe hope life will at least have found the new normal and allow us to enjoy the sailing and the anchorages from our regular base for this rally of Craobh Marina
June 7th to 9th
MONTGOMERY CANALPeter AinsworthExcellent stretch of Canal. Should be weed free! See Forum for details. Book early!
June 10th to 13th (BH)

Cork Harbour FestivalJack O'KeeffeThe festival will occur during the Cork Harbour festival running from June 3rd. Lots to see and do in the harbour area and on the land
See joining instructions here
June 17th to 19th
STRANGFORD LOUGHJohn StanageMidsummer, barbecue, full camping facilities, easy sailing... no wonder it is so popular!
May 21st edit: Joining instructions and details of the event and the environs are to be found here
17 - 20 June 2022
Kennet and Avon Canal RallyJohn Christie4 days Inland water cruising. Interesting navigation of the Kennett and Avon broad canal. We will launch at Reading to navigate to Crofton (2 days). Bed and Breakfast or live on board or camp locally. This Rally will complete the navigation from Bristol to Reading. A CRT Navigation short-term licence will be necessary, and your boat is exempt from the Boat Safety Scheme by reason of short term licence. Please obtain this well in advance – online is best. Discuss with John if necessary. Full details in rally instructions. Please book early.
June 25th & 26th
CONISTONAndy BiggsSee the FORUM for details
June 28th to July 3rd
Plas Heli PwllheliDave StaniforthTue 28th to Fri 1st 30th will be a cruise around Tremadog Bay. (Liveaboard). These dates are PROVISIONAL awaiting confirmation from our host club. Fri 1st to Sun 3rd July will be based on the pontoons with emphasis on family sailing to local beaches and bays (eg. Llanberog). (SSD)
July 1st to 3rd
CONNEMARAPat JonesSave the dates for a family friendly weekend ... more details to follow
2 – 3 July
Cardiff Bay RallyJohn ChristieAll members and guests very welcome. We will be based at Cardiff Yacht Club or Cardiff Bay YC and at the Mermaid Quay. Plenty of great sailing, river exploration and an excursion through the locks out to the Bristol Channel – optional! Scope to join by sea and to arrive/depart early/late. Full details in rally instructions. Small charge for mooring and free parking and launching.Please book early.
Date to be confirmed
Mulroy Bay John WhitePreliminary notice of an idea to cruise Mulroy Bay and environs in northwest Ireland. If you want to be kept updated let John White know. See eOceanic
July 30th to 31st
Harwich area rallyTim ReadBased at Suffolk Yacht harbour
6 – 7 August 2022

Benson RallyJohn ChristieBenson Rally Nice site on the River Thames – sailing and/or cruise to Abingdon/Pangbourne.
Aug 11th to 14th

BALTIMOREJack O'KeeffeWe return to Roaringwater Bay in West Cork for our four days of marine activities and evenings of social craic. Save the dates
Aug 13th & 14th
WALTON BACKWATERSTim ReadWalton backwaters rally – Based at Titchmarsh Marina.
27 – 28 August 2022
BRISTOL - BATHJohn ChristieLaunch at Bristol Marina, navigate to Bath, stay overnight (live aboard, hotel, B&B), cream tea at Beeses Tea Rooms on way back. Although licences are needed – these are not expensive and are easy to get. Full details on application.
Aug 31st to Sept 2nd
Lomond Rally FeederAlan WilliamsLaunch at Balloch and sail to join the Loch Lomond Rally at Swing Bay
Sep 2nd to 4th

Loch LomondAlan WilliamsMuster on Friday at Swing Bay. Saturday 3rd September Lomond Rally will meet on North Beach on Inchmurrin, sailing around islands before returning to Inchmurrin Hotel for overnight.
Sep 10th & 11th

ULLSWATERAndy BiggsTo be held based at the Glenridding Sailing Centre. Space at the site is quite tight, so numbers are limited, so please get in touch if you are interested. More information can be found on the DA forum .
Sep 16th to 19th

Lough ReePat JonesWe return to Lough Ree YC for our September rally on the lakes.
17 – 18 September 2022
Bridgewater RallyJohn ChristieThis canal in Somerset is a lovely stretch of navigable water. There is a scale model of the solar system 11 Km long, alongside the tow path!!
1 – 2 October 2022
Basingstoke Canal RallyStephen DeakinBasingstoke Canal – pretty canal with King John’s Castle to explore.
Nov 25th
Drascombe SupperPeter TipladyReturn to Chichester YC - usual format. More details to follow.


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
May 25th to 29th
SmisCruise in the Dutch WaddenzeeTo be determinedThis annual rally reminds us of the famous Drascombe sailor and author Hans Vandersmissen. We plan three parallel cruises:
- Link absolute beginners
- No link yet for easy going cruise
- Link tough sailing
all starting from Harlingen. Depending on the number of participants, "beginners" and "easy going" will sail together. Maybe there will be a feeder cruise in advance. Please register using the links above. No fee. Open to any Watkinson design boat
Sep 2nd to 4th

Summer WeekendClick here for detailsThe Old Harbour of Langweer (Friesland, N 52°57'37"; - E 5°43'19") is the place to meet from noon onwards. For Saturday we plan daysaling followed by an extended barbecue. Plans for Sunday finish with socializing on the water and the famous pancakes. No fee. More information here after the spring meeting.
Sep 17th 10:00

Pride of the Fleet Trophy Den HelderKMJC, NKDEThe Dutch Royal Marine Yacht Club (KMJC) organises an annual sailing regatta called the Dorus Rijkers Trophy in the sea area near Den Helder. Dorus was a very famous Dutch lifeboat captain. Parallel to that event the NKDE organises the Pride of the Fleet Trophy, named after the LBC of Hans Vandersmissen †. We set a specific regatta course (15 and 18 nm) designed to avoid being beaten back by strong currents. Registration required. A fee of 15€ has to be paid cash to the KMJC on site. Further information will follow a.s.a.p. on the NKDE website .
Nov 5th to 12th
TWW (Traditional Winter Week)NKDEFreezeaboards only (despite climate change). We will cruise the Dutch Waddenzee from Lauwersoog (N 53°24'18" - E 6°12'18";). Be prepared for a cold, misty and windy week without entering any harbour. Special highlight: there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse on 8th November. No fee. Watch the NKDE website for further information.


Non-Drascombe Association Events - names in brackets are Drascombe contacts, not organisers.
Date Event/Venue Contact Details
June 4th 6th

Sørlandet, NorwayDCAThe plan is to launch from the seaside town of Tvedestrand on the south coast and explore the archipelago beyond. Further details will be available following a planning meeting in March. Contact Per Storgaard perstorgaard(at)hotmail.com. See the website
June 4th
Liffey Regatta(Rupert Westrup)The Old Gaffers will welcome Watkinson boats to participate in this weekend in Dublin Bay.
17 June to 25 June
Seafair Haven 2022Tall Ships Wales TrustTrailer-sailors and cruisers join a gentle week-long programme of sailing and social events in the Milford Haven waterway welcomed by local volunteers and supported by the Tall Ships (Wales) Trust. Spend time in the varied and exciting tidal waterway, from the beautiful National Park upper reaches to the industrial working waters of Pembroke and Milford Haven in convivial company. More information can be found by looking at the event A href= "http://www.tallships.wales/events/"> website
June 17th to 19th

Lough Derg DCAMuster at Killaloe Sailing Club - Cruise with the DCA with overnight at Mountshannon. contact Donall Cullinane for details.
June 20th to 26th

Lower Lough ErneDinghy Cruising AssociationBased at LEYC with excellent facilities including camping. DA welcome. Contact Stehen Foyle at foylestephen(at)gmail.com
July 8th to 12th

Milford HavenDinghy Cruising AssociationThe Dinghy Cruising Association in Pembrokeshire on the Cleddau River and Milford Haven Estuary. The Rally will start from Llanion Cove - Pembrokeshire Activity Centre based on the Cleddau River, postcode SA72 6UJ. Contact roblinsj(at)yahoo.co.uk
Aug 4th to 7th

ArdnamurchanDavid SymeThe main sailing events, including for the magnificent "New Zealand Cup" will be on Thursday 4th August with a morning race on Friday 5th before the boaty fun gets under way in earnest with kayak, rowing and outboard races (mens', womens', mixed) culminating in the very impressive power boat race. See the FORUM for more details. Worthy and worthwhile.
26 - 28 August

Limfjord, DenmarkDCAThe plan will be to launch from Hjarbæk or Virksund on the peninsula of Jutland and explore the western section of the Limfjord. If possible the rally will be coordinated with the local association who sail and maintain a particular type of traditional open clinker sailing dinghy called a sjægt, that used to be a common working boat on Limfjord. ​Further details will be available after the planning meeting. Contact Per Storgaard perstorgaard(at)hotmail.com See the website
Sep 3rd
Howth OGA regatta(Rupert Westrup)An opportunity to join other gaffers by special invitation of the OGA

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

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.

Please assist by timely informing the organiser of your intentions regarding participation, before and during the event.