Rallies

Rallies are held across the UK and overseas. They range from day sails and short camp cruises in sheltered waters, to coastal expeditions over a couple of weeks.
 
The DCA does not run a safety boat. Dinghy cruising on exposed tidal waters is for experienced sailors only. Individual sailors must decide whether they and their boat can handle the expected conditions. Always check marine weather forecasts and local conditions before you sail, and remember there is no shame in deciding not to sail if you think conditions are more than you or your boat can manage.

Members are welcome to just turn up, with or without their own boat. Depending on the location, members cruise not just in sailing dinghies but also occasionally in rowing boats, kayaks and canoes. Newcomers might find it useful to contact the organiser of the rally in advance, to make themselves known and see what opportunities there may be to sail with others as crew or in company.

 

Holy Island off the Northumbrian coast is the setting for a longstanding,
and potentially challenging, rally.

Details of forthcoming rallies are incuded in the Dinghy Cruising journal sent to all members and via the forum.

In a typical year, UK rallies may be held at the following dates and places.

South Coast

April 

  • East Head, Itchenor
  • The Kench, Sinah Lake (Langstone Harbour)

May

  • Oxey Lake (Lymington)

June

  • Folly Inn (River Medina, IoW)
  • Hurst Point Keyhaven

July

  • Eling (Southampton Water)
  • Bembridge (IoW)

August

  • Cobnor Fortnight

September

  • Shipstall Point
  • Newtown Harbour (IoW)

October

  • Portsmouth Harbour
  • Upper Hamble
  • Ashlett Creek (Southampton Water)

North West

April

  • Coniston Water

May

  • Traeth Bach, Dwyryd estuary, Gwynedd

June

  • Hilbre & Dee Estuary, Wirral

July

  • Bala Lake / Llyn Tegid, Merioneth
  • Glasson SC, Lune Estuary, Lancashire
  • Conwy, N Wales
  • Ullswater, Lake District

September

  • Windermere

October

  • Derwent Water
  • R Dee, Chester

November

  • Coniston Water

South West

April

  • Plymouth Sound and River Tamar

May

  • River Exe

July

  • Penzance
  • Carrick Roads

September

  • River Fowey

October

  • River Dart

East Coast

April

  • Rutland Water
  • River Orwell / Stour

May

  • River Deben
  • River Blackwater, Goldhanger Creek

June

  • River Medway
  • Walton Backwaters

July

  • Rivers Ore and Alde

August

  • N Norfolk Coast 

September

  • Broads Northern Rivers
  • River Colne / Brightlingsea

October

  • River Roach/Crouch

North East & Borders

May

  • Border Reivers Rally: Kielder Water, Northumberland, then Loch Lomond

June

  • Firth of Lorn, Argyll
  • Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Northumberland

August

  • Kyles of Bute, Argyll

October

  • Kielder Water, Northumberland

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