Dinghy Cruising is the Association's quarterly journal. Formerly the DCA Bulletin, it has been published continuously since 1955 and is available only to members.

Designed and edited to a professional standard with 60 to 64 A4 pages, most in full colour, Dinghy Cruising provides a wealth of inspiration and practical advice.

A CD of the first 50 years of the journal is available to members at a price of £10, postage paid. Details in the journal sent to all members.

A sample copy of the journal is available to download here [pdf, 7.9 Mb, large file!]

A selection of articles from the journal are available below.


Passage Planning with the Younger Crew in Mind by Ian Hylton

Raid Poland Part 1 / Part 2 Keith Muscott and others from Poland, Sweden and Finland sail Polish rivers, lakes and coast. 

From Cheshire Dee to Solway Dee Joan Abrams' extended Irish Sea cruise for Cheshire up the northwest cost of England and over to Scotland. Joan was awarded the Naylor Noggin for this account.

Reminiscences of an Ionian Summer A modern Odyssey: Joan Abrams recounts the story of an ambitious cruise she made in Greece shortly after she retired.

'Speedy' Returns to Canna At the 2010 AGM, the Naylor Noggin for 2009 for the best log of a cruise in a sailing dinghy was awarded to David Jones for this article.


The Envelope Expands Chris Waite describes his home-designed and built Tit Willow.

The Falmouth Bass Boat
by Joan Abrams

The Gull: the perfect boat for me by Chris Abela

Just What is a Cruising Dinghy? Designer John Welsford's thoughts on matching boats to sailors with reference to his own designs.

The Seagoing Dinghy Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 Roger Barnes’s thoughts on dinghy cruising and the right sort of boat for the job, written at the time he sailed his 12ft Tideway Baggywrinkle.

Selway Fisher's Petite Brise 16 by Maurice Burgess

The Rise of the MicroBoat This article by Keith Muscott was awarded the 2010 Peter Bick Cup, Peter's Pint, for best technical article.


Helping Other Survive a Capsize by Doug Heslop

Helm Impeder
 by John Huntingford

The String Thing by Chris Waite


Frank Dye: 1928 - May 16, 2010 based on an interview with Frank Dye by Johnny Adams.

Alan Glanville - A Tribute From Liz Baker.

My Life With Frank Dye and Wayfarer Wanderer by Margaret Dye.

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