Recent Events

Launch DateDetailsContact Info 
May 10 '24Dungarvan rally
A follow up on the welcome we received last year at the end of the Copper Coast Cruise - Dates CONFIRMED. Early season shakedown rally, light on the sailing & good on the social with plenty of shore side options as well for non-sailing partners, children, etc. Suitable for Smaller Drascombes (SSD). Joining Instructions, Issue 1 are now available at the link above.
Roy Johnston
+353 87 2385389
May 04 '24Shannon Electric
Cancelled for this year
David Camlin
+44 7788 753666
Mar 10 '24DA AGM 2024
Save the date, Sunday 10th March, 17:00, to be held via Zoom. Members will need to register before the event and relevant documents will be posted on the members area of the DA Forum. Further details will be published on the DA website.
Dave Staniforth
Feb 17 '24Winter gathering - Ireland
We return to Poolbeg YC to enjoy their warm winter welcome, make and meet friends and give birth to dreams and plans for pleasure. The plan in to meet at the Ashling Hotel at noon and after a whatever your re having snack we walk the short distance to the original Asgard. We will then wend our way by Luas to the Dublinia offering, and thence to Poolbeg Yacht club. We will elect our next DA regional rep and then review our selection of events for the coming year. Parking is available near the Asgard, or at Ringsend and the Luas links our venues quite well. There will be a meal catered at PYC. We are looking forward to seeing you all!
Paddy Barry
+353 87 928 2393
Sep 05 '23Lough Allen
On Lough Allen 8th to 10th of September after a feeder from Lough Key, launching at Doon shore on 5th where there are two piers and a slip with parking space. The Lough Allen rally will be based at the lough Allen centre where we can self-cater. Pitches at the centre €25 per night, use of the amenity €20 per boat. 6 bed rooms available @ €80 per room per night.
Miriam Sheerin
353 86 878 6643
Aug 26 '23Wexford Harbour
We return to Wexford Harbour for a relaxing rally on the Slaney River and Estuary (with the possibility of extending the event to a coastal cruise along the east or south coasts). The event will be hosted by the Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club, and run as a joint event with the Slaney Branch of the IWAI. Hardstand camping and motorhome facilities will be available at the club. This event was a great success when last held in 2017 (The Drascombe 30/50 Anniversary with the “Grand Fleet Rally), with 17 Drascombes boats, 5 Non-Drascombes, and over 40 participants.
John Tully
Aug 11 '23East Galway Bay
Launch at Tarrea in Kinvarra Bay - lots of destinations - Islandeady, Crinniu na mBad, Morans of the Weir, and who knows maybe a diversion to Aran Islands before or after.
Kim Roberts
+353 86 252 7758
Aug 02 '23Leader Cruise
2nd August on the Brixham Trawler LEADER: Poolbeg to Barrow-on-Furness to Belfast arriving on 8th August. Contact Myrddin for details of cost and conditions.
Myrddyn James
+44 7770 370300
Jul 21 '23Strangford Lough
Based at East Down YC Killilea, cruising the historic and natural wonders of the fjord. Camping facilities on site and a big local fleet of Watkinson boats to ensure a good time by all. (yes - JULY this year)
John Stanage
+44 7834466511
Jul 14 '23Carlingford Lough
Based at Carlingford Sailing Club, see Website Friday 14th, arrival and launch, social evening at the Sailors Cabin, a barbecue will be lit, bring your own food. The Cabin has a small kitchen which can also be used to cook. Saturday 15th, we will explore the Lough as tides and weather permit returning to the club for another social evening at the Sailors Cabin.
Note, Club racing boats will be using the slip from around 10 am until 2 pm so Saturday arrivals will need to be aware of this. Sunday 16th, we will go exploring again, returning to the club in time for hauling out before low tide for those leaving. Anyone wanting to take an extra day or so is welcome to stay on. Some of us will make plans for a Feeder Cruise to the Strangford Lough event the following weekend, weather permitting. If weather does not permit a cruise, there are plenty of ways to pass a few days in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in between the two events. Camping space, shower and toilet acilities at the club. Boats can be moored or anchored in the harbour which will dry out for an hour or so around low water. We will have some dinghies to use for ferrying.
John White
Jun 24 '23Inclusivity Games
The Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club (hosts of two previous Drascombe Rallies, and another in August this year, see below) are this year hosting the "Watersports Inclusion Games" which will be held on June 24th and 25th. The Watersports Inclusion Games is a free event that encourages people of all abilities/disabilities from the physical, sensory, intellectual & learning spectrums, and those experiencing barriers accessing mainstream activities, to get involved in watersports . The event is aimed at young people but caters to all age groups. Participants can get involved in many different forms of watersports including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, powerboating, and waterskiing. We are looking for volunteer Drascombe Sailors to come along, with or without their boats (some Drascombe boats already in the club), to take participants on short sails in Wexford Harbour to introduce them to sailing, on one or both days. All participants will be accompanied by their own helper / assistant, so no additional safeguarding / vetting required. Boat launching and mooring facilities, as well as camping / motorhome facilities, will be provided by the WHBTC, assisted by the IWAI Slaney Branch. The Inclusion Games are promoted by the Irish Sailing Association, and were held last year on Lough Derg, and prior to that (pre-Covid) in Kinsale, Dublin and Galway. This event represents an opportunity for Drascombe sailors to give back to the community in a fun and enjoyable way. Please contact John Tully ( if you can help!
John Tully
Jun 16 '23West Kenmare Bay
Based at the harbour at Bunaw, Killmakillogue Bay, within day sail range of Sneem, Kenmare and many sheltered bays. Options for Mussels and other delights from Helens Bar - including B&B - book early. More details in the Joining Instructions Here
Roy Johnston
+353 87 238 5389
Jun 07 '23Cork Harbour Festival 23
Cruising Cork harbour, based at Paddys Point near Ringaskiddy. A cornucopia of natural and culinary delights on offer.
Joining iNstructions are HERE
Jack OKeeffe
May 27 '23OGA60 at Poolbeg
Dublin is the "Party Port" for us old gaffers end of May. Drascombe type boats especiallly welcome. Food on Friday and Saturday. Out into Dublin Bay on Saturday and upriver parade on Sunday. Trailer storage will be provided.
May 19 '23Copper Coast and Deise 23
Cruise the coast of County Waterford - lovely coastline with pretty harbours along the way. See joining instructions updated 7th may here
Roy Johnson
+353 87 238 5389
May 15 '23Semaine du Golfe
See Website . Organised by the local communities - Association Semaine du Golfe de Morbihan. Participants from UK and Ireland are already planning for this outstanding event in Brittany. Contact Alan Williams if you plan to come along.
Alan Williams
0044 779 073 4730
Mar 19 '23Drascombe Association AGM
The AGM will be held as a ZOOM meeting on Sunday 19th March at 8pm. More details including links to reports, Agenda and the links for the participants are in the DA FORUM.
Jack OKeeffe
Feb 25 '23DA International convention
54 participants chatted and socialised in the mShed for the day. Very pleasant - with a talk by William Hodshon about his circumanavigation of Britain by Wayfarer
Jack OKeeffe
Jan 28 '23Winter Reunion 23 - Poolbeg YC
Meet at the Jeanie Johnson at 12 NOON (one hour earlier than announced) and learn about the passages and passengers, then the "Epic Museum" and enjoy discovering why the Irish are everywhere before visiting the diving bell. Gathered at Poolbeg YC for the late afternoon and evening including a nice buffet dinner.
Jack OKeeffe