Recent Events

Launch DateDetailsContact Info
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
00447918699033
 
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 Gamesisa free event that encourages peopleof 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 (jtdisc537@gmail.com) if you can help!
John Tully
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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
+353872663588
 
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.
Jack
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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
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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
+353872663588
 
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
+353872663588
 
Nov 05 '22BarrowNore 22
Despite high flood levels the fleet managed to get from Graiguenamanagh to New Ross and surprisingly, from New Ross up to inistioge, when the quay was completely submerged. A great challenge and great achievenment, is stunning autumn colours.
Jack OKeeffe
+353 87 266 3588
 
Sep 16 '22Lough Ree 22
Fabulous weekend thanks to fine weather and the hospitality of LRYC. A big fleet too 30 boats signed up! Feeder cruises also went very well - from Lough Erne return and from Lough Derg.
Pat Jones
+353 87 289 6863
 
Sep 12 '22Lough Ree Feeder 22
David invites companions for an autumnal canal and river trip from Upper Lough Erne to the Lough Ree Rally Joining instructions and more details HERE
David Camlin
+44 7788753666
 
Sep 03 '22OGA Howth Regatta
Cancelled due to high winds
Rupert Westrup
086 861 1218
 
Aug 11 '22Baltimore 22
We 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. Joining instructions HERE Express interest on this site.
Jack OKeeffe
00 353 87 266 3588
 
Aug 07 '22Baltimore feeder
Launched on Sunday August 7th at Unionhall in Glandore Bay. Make the butterfly voyage to Baltimore taking in Blind Harbour, Castletownsend, Bullogue / L Hyne, Cape Clear, Fastnet Rock Goat Is and Schull Hbr. Lovely time - very successful bucket list measure
Jack
+353872663588
 
Jul 07 '22Mulroy Cruise Donegal
launching at Wood Quarter Pier just outside Milford on the western side of the bay. Parking for those of us doing an extended cruise on private ground a couple of miles away. Parking for those who just want a night or two at the launch site. We will be moving from day to day so it is live aboard or camping ashore on Islands where we will have permission. Around 4 days exploring Broad Water and North Water then if weather permits we can make our way out of the Bay and travel further for a week or so. See eOceanic
Mulroy Bay waters are clear and clean and we will have the opportunity to sample some of the local seafood. There are bays suitable for swimming and snorkeling. Some of the islands can be used for camping, however under certain weather conditions the wooded areas may have a lot of midge activity, insect repellent may be needed.
There is a WhatsApp group set up for the duration of the event, contact John if you wish to be added to it.
John White
00447918699033
 
Jul 01 '22Connemara Weekend
Based in the Carraroe area, launching is available at Sruthan or Callaghuig (Natawny Point) depending on wind direction. Day trips will be agreed the day beforehand. Shore based camping will be determined during the week beforehand by one of the organisers and details published in due course. There is an opportunity for the idle rich to extend (TBC) and visit the Aran Islands or relocate to Cleggan and visit Inishbofin.
Pat Jones
+353 87 289 6863
 
Jun 17 '22STRANGFORD 22
Midsummer, barbecue, full camping facilities, easy sailing... no wonder it is so popular!
May 21! See here for joining instructions and detailed information about the event.
John Stanage
+44 7834466511
 
Jun 10 '22Cork Harbour Festival Rally 22
The 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
Jack OKeeffe
00 353 87 2663588
 
Jun 04 '22OGA Liffey Regatta
The Old Gaffers will welcome drascombes to participate in this weekend in Dublin Bay.. more to follow
Rupert Westrup
+353 86 861 121
 
May 27 '22Copper Coast and Deise
Sail Waterford 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
Roy Johnston
+353 87 238 5389
 
Feb 19 '22Winter Reunion 2022
Anois teacht an earraigh s an COVID ag laghdaigh.....Spring is here and COVID is shrinking .... The Grand Hotel in Malahide will welcome us for dinner. Menu price 45. See sample
Lots to see and do in Malahide. Join me at the Fry Model Railway Museum at 15:00. before we have a chat about who what where and when for 2022.
Sign up for the meal here
Jack OKeeffe
353 87 2663588