Recent Events

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Sep 24 '17Opportunity Grab No 2
Proposed late outing to northern end of Lough Derg.
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 Loigh
Midsummer event at EDYC with camping facilities on site and opportunity to explore bays and beaches in the area.
John Stanage
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Jun 18 '17Strangford Feeder
Sunday evening 18th will be an ideal time to meet up in the local refreshment establishments and plan our passage for the following few days. Potential stopovers include, Annagasin, Dundalk, Kilkeel, Annalong, Newcastle, Dundrum, Killough, Ballyhornan and Kilclief. Live aboard, camp ashore or shore support. Not suitable for smaller Drascombes. Transport to collect cars and trailers will be provided.
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
Sep 02 '16Lough Allen
We were lucky to enjoy the best weather in the UK & Ireland (OK the least worst) and had two good days out, sailint to the Pottery at Spenser Quay and the Sweathouse at Cleighran More. Evening entertainment by Malcolm Kindness was truly the Icing on the cake!
Jack OKeeffe
Aug 20 '16Crinniu Beal Atha deChob
Postponed or cancelled due to weather
Cormac Levis
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Aug 03 '16Baltimore Rally
Baltimore 2016 was a huge amount of fun - with 23 boats taking part, Thanks to all of our partners for making it such a success! Weather was good - with a challenging low visibility sail on the Saturday, and good conditions for a part of the fleet to round the Fastnet on the Friday.
Photos are here
Jack OKeeffe
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Jul 16 '16St Macdara & Connemara
A great weekend taking in thepilgrimage to Macdara Island, a picnic on Inislacken and the delights ashore.
Lady Shiela and Tyboat then cruised the Connemara coast to Inisbofin in perfect conditions, hauing out at cleggan on the Wednesday.
Jack OKeefffe
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Jul 08 '16Galway Bay
CANCELLED due to severe weather forecast.

This even may be run at the end of September
Jack OKeeffe
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Jun 24 '16Strangford Lough
We return to East Down Y.C for midsummer nights dreams. Camping and full YC facilities.
John Stanage
Jun 04 '16Cork Harbour Festival
We had a fabulous weekend in perfect sailing conditions. We made visits to Spike, Aghada, Ballinacurra The Holy Ground Cobh and Passage and were excellently looked after at each venue.
On the Monday we took an easy sail out to White bay and barbecued ashore over low water. Coud it ever be as good again?
Jack OKeeffe
Mar 05 '16Malahide Reunion
Island View Hotel (Oscar Taylors Restaurant). Mustered at 1400 hrs. Relaxed chat over coffee and went through the few formalities we need to be "proper". Relived past pleasures and decided future pleasures at Cork Galway Baltimore L. Allen and more.
Jack OKeeffe
Sep 03 '15Lough Ree
This event was based at Lough Ree YC by kind permission
Camping and launch facilities were provided by LRYC. Friday: BYO barbeque, bar and piano.
Saturday; We had a lovely sail against northery breezes to mahe a landing on Inisbofin for a picnic and a tour of the monuments on the island. The fleet took dinner in The Chalets restaurants and sailed in darkness back to LRYC for music and refreshments.
Sunday: Start the day with a Limerick competitiion. Light airs drift and sail into Coosan Bay for a raft-up.
Larry Fullam
Aug 21 '15An táin chorcaí 2015
Island camping - Music session on Sherkin, Raid on Schull, and final overnight camp on Heir Island. Beautiful scenery and glorious sunsets

A lot of fun.
Jack OKeeffe
Aug 15 '15Ballydehob boat gathering
Perfect sailing weather brought a wide range of boats from the mighty Cornish lugger "Peel Castle" to the small dinghies to the Ballydehob festival. Drascombers having a good time did not leave with the rest so the craic continued to the small hours in the village .
Thanks to Cormac Levis and the local community for a great weekend.
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Jul 31 '15Lough Swilly
Based at Fahan Marina near Buncrana, this event is a welcome return to lough Swilly to explore the old harbours located around the lough. Great sailing on the Saturday, in fresh conditions. Sunday spend ashore, due to gales.
Desmond Brown
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Jul 24 '15Lough Erne
A welcome return to LEYC to avail of their facilities on the east shore of Lr L Erne. 12 boats paticipated.
Desmond Brown
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Jul 18 '15Glandore Classic Regatta
Sponsored by CH Marine. Join this gathering of classic boats of all sizes. Join the OGA and local boats in this pretty village, which has lots of nearby drastinations for picnics and pleasure.
John Tully
Jun 20 '15Strangford Lough
This was the tenth consecutive midsummer event at EDYC near Killileagh on Strangford Lough. The eevnt was a great success again.
John Stanage
Jun 19 '15Rebel Raid; Crosshaven and Cobh Trad Sail weekends
This year is the 20th edition of the Crosshaven trad sail weekend Drascombes especially welcome - Lots of funs ashore and afloat is fresh winds. Camping on Spike Island included.
Jack OKeeffe
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Jun 14 '15Strangford Feeder Cruise
An excellent cruise under the stewardship of John White. Stopovers in Annalong Newcastle and Ardglass. Another gourmet cruise.
John White
Jun 12 '15Carlingford Lough
Based at Carlingford Lough Yacht Club on the northern side of the Lough just outside Rostrevor. Friday, Welcome and launch. BYO Barbecue. Saturday, sailed the inner part of the lough. Social night with club barbecue / catering on Saturday evening. Sunday, more sailing on the Lough centred around a fun treasure hunt with club guests aboard - a lot of fun.
John White
Jun 01 '15A Lugger Round Ireland
Nathaniel and Fergus Ogden completed a 1000 nm circumnavigation as an RNLI fundraising adventure. Considering the weather this year and that this was in a lugger - they earned our congratulatioins and our admiration. Well done!
Nathaniel Ogden
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May 31 '15Cork Harbour Festival
The Harbour festival itself was a great success - unfortunately due to weather we had to cancel the "Swallows & Amazons" cruise.
maybe next year.
Jack O Keeffe
Sep 12 '14Crom
On upper Lough Erne - in the vicinity of Crom Castle. Quiet water cruising through very sheltered waters to selected points of fascination such as the Hare Krishna temple where we were welcomed by the community, fed and taught, and Crom Castle. On the Sunday we build a pontoon bridge from the UK to Ireland... using the boats! Fun and games.
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David Camlin
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Sep 05 '14Lough Derg
This weekend was blessed with good weather. Boats arrived from Wednesday and some did not leave till late Monday. On the Friday there was a BYO barbecue at the LDYC clubhouse. Some used the Club campsite and there was plenty of accommodation for others locally. The fleet sailed to Holy Is on the Clare shore on Saturday and mustered in the "Whisky Still" for revelry on Saturday Night. On Sunday we has a sunny sail to black Lough for a raft-up and picnic in this sheltered hideaway.
Photo album click here
Jack O'Keeffe
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Aug 06 '14Baltimore 14
Fiche Bliain ag Fas - twenty years a-growing:
A fabulous few days in Roaringwater Bay - especially Carribbean style landings on Sceim and Calf Is, and our participation in the festival in Ballydehob. (See Ron Skingley's video here .) We had wonderful outings and craic ashore in the evenings.
Thanks to all our hosts.
Photos by Pat O'Leary and a mixed selection here
Jack O'Keeffe
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