The Drascombe Association is a group of enthusiasts dedicated to the traditional-style sailing boats designed by the late John Watkinson. Around 5000 Drascombes of all types have been built since the first Lugger was launched in 1966. They are all simple, rugged, and seakindly.
The Irish Drascombe Owners' Association was set up in order to facilitate Drascombe Association (DA) members in the Euro zone, whereby we can pay subscriptions and other fees without the hassle of sterling drafts. The Irish Drascombe Owner's Association is fully part of the DA, and is not limited to Drascombe Owners. The Secretary of the Irish Drascombes is Jack O'Keeffe, who can be contacted on the website or by post to the address at the end of the page
Pictured: Drascombes at Baltimore, 2008. Picture courtesy of the IDOA website.
Members of the DA in Ireland receive the award winning quarterly magazine DAN and can share simply sailing for fun by rally participation and informal get-togethers. The DA also provides technical support through our main website forum, and access to competitive and flexible boat insurance from the Paidstow branch of Aston Scott Insurance.
A number of rallys are planned by the Irish group for 2009. There will be a new venue: Lough Neagh this year, and others are being planned – or schemed – as the case may be.
2008 rallys included the annual rallys in Erne and Strangford loughs and was also a Baltimore Rally year.
New members are always welcome, whether Drascombe owners or not. Euro account holders may join the Drascombe Association by downloading a Euro zone application form from the website. Complete and sign it, and send it to Jack O'Keeffe at the address below.
Jack O'Keeffe is acting as Irish Membership Treasurer and will collect subscriptions before the end of March and forward the sterling equivalent to the DA on behalf of members with euro accounts.
Sterling account holders should download a Sterling form from the Association Website.
Drascombe Association Membership Fees
Membership costs €16 per annum and is paid by Standing Order. You may use the standing order section of the membership application form, which has all the necessary recipient account details.