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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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 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 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
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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
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
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Jun 30 '18Strangford Lough
We return to East Down Y.C for midsummer nights dreams. Camping Caravan and full YC facilities laid on.
See here for more information
John Stanage
Jun 08 '18Cork Harbour Cruise
Thanks to stunning weather, warm, perfect winds, the Rally was a total success. Friday included a barbecue and a few tunes in MBSC, camping on Spike, and on Saturday we joined the fun t the Boats and Bites festival event in port of Cork. We barbecued n the beach on Spike before retiring. On Sunday we toured the fort and prison buildings before sojourn to Murphys at East Ferry. Sunday evening was spent relaxing in the Bosun Monkstown - All is easy when the weather is kindly
Jack OKeeffe
May 12 '18Shannon Estuary
Weekend of 12th may chosen for neap mid day tides. To be based at Kilrush Marina subject to agreement
Jack OKeeffe
Feb 17 '18Spring Reunion - Ireland
Kindly weather and hospitality made the walk around Howth and the meal a winner. Minutes of the meeting are on the DA website Forum.
Jack OKeeffe
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Sep 24 '17Opportunity Grab No 2
A short break in the windy weather enabled a fleet to gather and base ourselves at an angling club marina SW of Terryglass. This was our base for a few days - with cruises to Portumna harbour and Williamstown harbour.
Sep 01 '17Lough Derg
We returned to Dromineer and LDYC upgraded facilities for this autumn sweetwater event. Visits to Holy Island and Lough Alewnachta. Organised by kind co-operation between Alec Bell and Joe Fitzpatrick
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Aug 25 '17Wexford Harbour
Ireland Region Grand Fleet Event celebrating 50 years of Drascombes and 30 years of the DA. Hosted by Wexford Harbour SC. Explored the lower Slaney river and the estuary with its famous birdlife and built heritage from the Viking and Norman times. On Sunday the fleet explored the Slaney river as far as Enniscorthy. Strawberries & cream courtesy of IWAI. Great fun ashore and afloat
John & Darina Tully
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Jul 21 '17Galway Bay Week
The fleet mustered in Kilkieran and sailed to Roundstone vis Finnish Island on the Saturday. The regatta was held on that weekend and we set off fo Inis Macdara on Sunday, then on to Kilronan (Aran Is) on Sunday evening. After a cycle tour of the Island on Monday morning we had a nice run in to Ballyvaughan to enjoy shore services. On Monday morning we breakfasted in Bell Harbour, lunched at New Quay and dined in GBSC Renvyle. The weather was rough the rest of the week so no further sailing in Galway bay - our UK visitors relocated to the Shannon where they had great cruising the following days. Photos here
Brian Park
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Jul 06 '17Kingstown 200
Having been invited to the Classic Yachts fleet we were honoured with berths at a pontoon near Carlisle Pier along with the beautiful restoration works. We had free run of the noble clubs and were treated royally by our hosts. Thanks and congratulations to the organiser. See Afloat blog here for a sense of the excitement.
Jack OKeeffe
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Jun 23 '17Strangford Lough
Midsummer event at EDYC with fresh winds and participation in Portaferry regatta, along with some classic beauties.
John Stanage
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Jun 18 '17Strangford Feeder
A lovely coastal cruise departing Carlingford on the Monday and making Anagassin harbour in Co Louth for the first overnight stop. Next overnight was in the harbour in Newcastle and then on into Strangford, to overnight off Castle Ward. The next stop was Daft Eddys in Sketrick Island where we had a warm welcome to berths on the nearby pontoon
John White
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Jun 16 '17Carlingford
Based at Carlingford Lough Yacht Club on the northern side of the Lough just outside Rostrevor. See for directions. Friday 16th June, Welcome and launch. BYO Barbecue. Saturday, we will explore the islands and sheltered bays of the Lough as conditions permit, possibly observing the large seal population. Social night with club barbecue / catering on Saturday evening. Sunday, more sailing on the Lough possibly centred around a fun event with club involvement. Camp in the club grounds, live aboard or stay in the local accommodation.
John White
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Jun 03 '17Cork Harbour Raid
In conjunction with Cork Harbour Festival. Muster daily at Spike Island for short cruises to the shoreside villages, historic and touristic places for entertainment and food. Music sessions thrown in.
See link above, for more information
Jack OKeeffe
Mar 25 '1730/50 Celebration and AGM
This year we are pulling out all the stops and having the anniversary celebration and AGM in the hallowed halls of Belfast City Council. There will be a lot of events and touristic sights discounted for participants, shopping vouchers, and Doug Elliott will tell us about building of those beautiful early wooden longboat cruisers. Contact David Bruce regarding accommodation and dinner bookings.
David Bruce
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Feb 18 '172017 Malahide Reunion
This was a strongly attended session during we heard about an excellent programme of events in Ireland for 2017. These include participation in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta along with the OGA (yes we are officially classic boats) aw ten day jolly in Connemara and Galway Bay and a return to Wexford Harbour for our Grand Fleet Day in late August. Socialising continued till late in the Oscar Taylor - very nice and affordable.
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Sep 24 '16Galway Bay
Very successful exploration to Barna, to Islandeady and through the islands of the eastern Galway Bay.
Jack OKeefffe