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 27/07/2022

Drascombe Association Events (organised by DA Members)
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
Aug 11th to 14th

BALTIMOREJack O'KeeffeWe return to Roaringwater Bay in West Cork for our four days of marine activities including Crinniu na mBad at Ballydehob on the Saturday. Venues and Hosts are coming together nicely and we are looking forward to a great event and evenings of social craic
Register EoI on Drascombe.ie
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 4th New Dates!
Lomond Rally Cruise (Ex Feeder)Alan WilliamsMeet at Swing Bay, with intention to head North to Ardlui, then sail around islands before returning to Inchmurrin hotel for meal on Saturday night. Unfortunately, we have been advised that Duncan Mills slipway and car park will not be available between 1st September and 3rd September inclusive. Alternative parking with cctv has been acquired nearby for those launching on 31st August.
Sep 4th and 5th New Dates!

Loch LomondAlan WilliamsAnyone wishing to join main group at Inchmurrin, can access Duncan Mills slipway on Sunday 4th September then overnight at Swing Bay. Please see FORUM for further details.
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 12th to 16th

Lough Ree FeederDavid CamlinDavid invites companions for an autumnal canal and river trip from Upper Lough Erne to the Lough Ree Rally Joining instructions and more details HERE
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. More detail on the FORUM
Oct 31st to Nov 4th
Swartvlei, Western Cape, South AfricaDave StaniforthThis is a new event on the calendar. In addition to a Longboat, Lugger and Peterboat, we will be joined by other traditional boats, a local Golant Gaffer and Sentinel Explorer 18s. The rally will be based on private land on the waterside (camping or liveaboard). There is an option to stay in a local B&B. Swartvlei is a 250 miles east of Cape Town on the Garden Route.
Nov 12th
Scottish Region Winter MeetArthur JonesTo be held in the newly refurbished Black Bull, Gartmore (near Aberfoyle). Some rooms available. There will be walking before the day's business and a meal after. See the FORUM
Early booking is essential
Nov 25th
Drascombe SupperPeter TipladyReturn to Chichester YC - usual format. More details to follow.
Sep 15th 2023

Lefkada, Greek IonianDave StaniforthThis rally will be organised in conjunction with dragondrascombe.com using their Luggers based on this Ionian island. There are currently 9 Luggers in their fleet. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch. It is planned to have the event details finalised by September so that bookings can then be made.


Dutch Drascombe Rallies
Date Event/Venue Organiser Details
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
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. Explore Ireland's Eye and the channela north and south of the peninsula. Register EoI here HERE

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.