The second edition of Roger Barnes' book has just been published. It is beautifully produced, contains new material and obviously should be on every dinghy cruiser's bookshelf! As it says on the back " A sailing dinghy is the perfect way to experience nature and new coastlines at close quarters and low cost. Sailing where larger boats cannot reach and sleeping under canvas aboard or ashore, this is boating taken right back to the basics, and all the better for that." The practical advice in the book is interwoven with beautiful illustrations and stories of Roger's adventures afloat.
The recording of Michael Storer's talk at the 2022 AGM has now been uploaded to YouTube and embedded in the website. So you can listen again or listen for the first time if you were unable to join us on the day. Click here to go to the web page.
After much consultation with relevant DCA Members it is a pleasure to announce that , subject to ratification at the AGM, there will be Regional Secretaries for the North of Scotland, South of Scotland, South Wales, Ireland and North America. The Association is looking forward to seeing rally programmes evolving in these areas , thus providing the opportunity for more of our members to meet up with others , talk about boats and sail in company. Exciting times ahead!
I make my new dinghy tent
Showing the creation of a new sleeping tent for my cruising dinghy, made from traditional cotton Ventile using a classic Singer sewing machine.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/iDSEbhyIzX0
UK members at least can look forward to receiving the winter Journal - Dinghy Cruising 252 - before Christmas. Huge effort from the Editor to complete it in time for the printers to get it done before they shut down for their Christmas break.
There's a great article from Roger about his trip to Venice and a lovely mix of other topics to keep you occupied over the Christmas period, unless you live in Tasmania in which case it will be sometime in January!
This meeting will take place online using Zoom. To book your place, please complete the registration form on the AGM page in the Members Section of the website. This form gives you the opportunity to propose items for the agenda, raise matters arising from the 2021 AGM minutes and nominate or volunteer for the Committee positions that become vacant next year.
When the Officers' reports become available in January, they will be available to download from the AGM web page. It is important that you read these before the meeting takes place as they will not be read in full at the meeting. If you have registered for the AGM, you will be sent an email prior to the meeting which contains the joining link and some advice about using Zoom
After the AGM there will be a talk by Michael Storer, Australian small boat designer. Michael has created a number of lightweight stitch-and-glue designs that have detailed build instructions and high performance on the water. Among his well known designs are the Goat Island Skiff and the Beth and Viola sailing canoes.
Find out how Michael evolved from a dinghy racer to a designer of multi-role boats by joining us at our 2022 AGM.