Future events in Ireland

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Launch DateDetailsContact Info
Aug 12 '20BALTIMORE 20
We return to Roaringwater Bay for this major event of cruising round islands with beach games ashore, and good food and music in the evenings, within the COVID regime applicable. Perfect Drascombe territory with stunning scenery.
Joining instructions are here
Jack OKeeffe
I'm interested
Aug 21 '20Rebel Raid Valentia
Join the traditional currach rowing club in exploration of the wonders of Valentia and Beginish Islands after Baltimore. Camping/B&B/Liveaboard.
Jack OKeeffe
I'm interested
Sep 11 '20Lough Corrib 20
Based in the Northern end of the lake - Lisloughry/Oughterard - More details to follow
Rev David Williams
I'm interested

Past Events

Launch DateDetailsContact Info
Jul 13 '18DCA Lough Erne Rally
A lovely weekend thanks to the hospitality of LEYC. We had a very pleasant gathering with the DCA fleet, visiting Inismacsaint and Devinish, with an excellend social program ashore.
John White
+44 7918 699033
Jul 27 '18Clew Bay (Rosmoney)
We will gather at Rosmoney which is the base of Mayo Sailing Club Friday evening. We will launch from the slip at Rosmoney Pier, just beyond the clubhouse here . Trailers to be kept to the land side and as tidy as possible please. You can also launch at Roscahill leaving space at Rosmoney. The MSC regatta in on Friday and Saturday so there will be plenty of life in the club, including a barbecue and music on Saturday evening, Drascombers welcome.
A map of Clew Bay is here
Tides Saturday:
LW 1208 HW 1840
Jack OKeeffe
Aug 11 '18Baltimore Feeder
Bad weather forecasted for Ballydehob on Saturday. Monday & Tueasde involved a very pleasant cruise about Ballydehob, Schull and into the Ilen for a tour on board the AK Ilen.
Jack OKeeffe
087 2663588
Aug 15 '18Baltimore 18
We had a great few days - lots of jib and mizzen - Line throwing, sand sculptures, big but rare mackerel, and delicious food.
Photos here
Jack OKeeffe
Aug 25 '18Blackwater River
Youghal SC invited the Drascombes to join their annual sail to Villiarstown Boat Club for a barbecue and overnight stopover. We had a wind behind us upiver and beside us on the return. Lots of fun for all
Photos here
Larry Lee
Aug 31 '18Lough Ree 18
Event at LRYC by kind permission. Light winds with visit to Rindoon followed by steak dinners on Saturday, and a visit to Hodsons Bay on Sunday.
Photos here
Larry Fullam
Feb 16 '19Winter Reunion 2019
Royal St George YC, Dun Laoghaire - 5 minutes walk from the railway station - Soup & Sambos available on arrival from 13:00 - followed by guided tour in the National Maritime museum, and a talk by the well known and entertaining Yachting Historian Vincent Delaney on the history of the Royal St George. DA business followed by early meal at RStGYC.
Rupert Westrup
+353 868611218
May 08 '19Ardnacrusha Feeder
David Camlin as the pied piper will be sailing from Crom Estate (Bun Jetty) down the length of the great Shannon River to join up with the Sweet and Salt week at Killaloe on May 16th before the passage through Ardnacrusha dam next day. You can join and leave at any stage - this is agreat opportunity to enjoy the Shannon in good company. David has issued details of the feeder here .
David Camlin
+44 28 9443 2080
May 17 '19Shannon Sweet and Salt
Revised dates to extend ditchcrawling scope. Adventure cruising in the Shannon estuary including the rivers Maigue up to Adare, R. Fergus with its deserted village islands, R. Ratty up to Sixmilebridge in the wake of Dutch coasters of old and passing Ardnacrusha Dam into Lough Derg.
Jack OKeeffe
00353 87 2663588
Jun 07 '19Cork Harbour Festival Rally
We had perfect conditions to overnight on Cork Harbour Marina and then sail with Jib & Mizzen fetch to Roberts Cove for a raft -uo. A nice sail back to Monkstown past the cruise liners and a dinner in "The Bosun" on the Saturday night. Sunday started up lovely - and we sailed to the old harbour at Carrigrennan when the first of the downpours arrived. We di take a look then at the Fota Folly - but too wet to join the festivities in Cork City. There was a clearance in the early afternoon - but rain di stop play.
Jack OKeeffe
087 2663588
Jun 14 '19Carlingford Lough
Launched at Carlingford SC. Saturdays rain caused a looong coffee in Liberty cafe, followed by a pleasant sail out across the lough returning to the mairina to join regatta festivities. We returned to the SC for delicious dinner and anchored in the harbour overnight. On Sunday we sailed to Hamils Quay and on to picnic at Greencastle, We returned to spend the night at the marina after dinner in the marina restaaurant. 5kn made consistently all day.
John White
0044 7918699033
Jun 16 '19Strangford Feeder
The tide on Monday� will allowed a sail up the Clanrye River in to Newry. The sail to East� Down Yacht Club was done in a couple of days, taking most of� the week to do it to arrive in time for the Strangford Lough Rally� stopping at suitable Kilkeel where we enjoyed scallops & lobsters, and Ardglass along the way. Thursday night was spent up the quoile river being entertained by fish an herons. Three boats sailed back to Carlingford Lough again.
John White
+44 7918699033
Jun 21 '19Strangford Rally
Annual return to East Down Yacht Club. Saturday saw us sail to Roe Island for our picnic, and then on to the Blue Cabin for drinks in the glorious sunshine. O Saturday nigt we enjoyed the midsummer barbecue ay EDYC, and on Sunday we saile up the Quoile to Gibbs Island in perfect conditions. 20 boats participated
John Stanage
0044 7834466511
Aug 02 '19KENMARE
Based at Kenmare Pier, explore the beautiful Bay with its many islands nestled between the Ring of Kerry & Berra Peninsula. Free Car, boat trailer & campervan parking and camping available in a private field adjacent to the pier & free slip. If you require other accommodation please book early, refer to www.kenmare.ie for a wide range of options available in the locality. Blackwater Pier is likely the extent of our range with a variety of possible lunch spots on the way out & refreshment stops on each return leg.
Click here photo albums including the feeder cruise via the Bull Rock and Dursey Is
Roy Johnston
+353 87 238 5389
Aug 17 '19Ballydehob Crinniu na mBad
Beautiful gathering of mackerel boats and other traditional types is a fresh breeze. There was a great atmosphere at the harbour, and as usual the party carried on in the town until vary late. The weekend was topped off by an outstanding fitup theater performance in the community hall - full house.
Jack OKeeffe
Aug 31 '19Northwest Passage
The weather did not suit an expedition to Donegal - so the Drascombe went to Lough Arrow and to Lough Key instead. The lakes were lovely to sail on - with good weather windows between really bad wind and rain. We raised a stir around L Arrow as it is not a popular sailing venue. We took the Shannon Navigation to Lough Allen from Lough Key - escorted by knigfishers into Acres lake.
Jack OKeeffe
+353 87 2663588
Sep 06 '19Lough Allen
The weekend started off with a music session in Drumshanbo -and on the Saturday we explored past the limit of navigation towards Dowra, before returning to more music and catered meal at the Lough Allen Centre. See AFLOAT . On Sunday we sailed to private hospitality, for tea and cakes in a beautiful garden overlooking the lake.
Jack OKeeffe
Feb 15 '20Spring Reunion 20
Despite storm Dennis and due to Garry Owens quicksteps 32 participants had a great day our in Skerries. Starting with morning coffee in the Owens 1840 home followed by lunch, tour and meeting in Skerries mills. After the business was done we had another refreshment break and on to a fine dinner in La Scarletta
Minutes of the meeting at the link from the heading above.
Garry Owens
+35386 049 4420
Mar 21 '20DA AGM 2020
The AGM of our association has been postponed until October.
Chris Morris
Jun 05 '20L.Neagh navigation & Strangford feeder
Coronovirus and medical wisdom do not permit the holding of this event. Maybe in 2021
David Camlin
0044 7788 753666
Jun 19 '20Strangford 20
Due to COVID this event is no longer open for visitors to East Down region. A sail in company weekend is planned to operates within the limits of the current COVID regime
John Stanage
Jun 27 '20Cork Harbour weekend
Event cancelled due to strong winds
Jack OKeeffe
Jul 03 '20Open Up weekend - Lr Shannon Estuary
The event was cancelled to to strong winds forecasted
Kim Roberts
086 2527758
Jul 10 '20Boyne Valley Raid
Thanks to a huge welcome and mammoth effforts by IWAI volunteers we had a wonderful adventure. Reported in AFLOAT .
Photo album here
Jack OKeeffe
+35387 2663588