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.
East Head, Itchenor
The Kench, Sinah Lake (Langstone Harbour)
Oxey Lake (Lymington)
Folly Inn (River Medina, IoW)
Hurst Point Keyhaven
Eling (Southampton Water)
Newtown Harbour (IoW)
Ashlett Creek (Southampton Water)
Traeth Bach, Dwyryd estuary, Gwynedd
Hilbre & Dee Estuary, Wirral
Bala Lake / Llyn Tegid, Merioneth
Glasson SC, Lune Estuary, Lancashire
Conwy, N Wales
Ullswater, Lake District
R Dee, Chester
Plymouth Sound and River Tamar
River Orwell / Stour
River Blackwater, Goldhanger Creek
Rivers Ore and Alde
N Norfolk Coast
Broads Northern Rivers
River Colne / Brightlingsea
North East & Borders
Border Reivers Rally: Kielder Water, Northumberland, then Loch Lomond
Firth of Lorn, Argyll
Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Northumberland
Kyles of Bute, Argyll
Kielder Water, Northumberland
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