On Sundays, most classes sailed by our younger members will compete in the Allcomers Slow Handicap fleet, sailing off the fifth start around a shorter course than the faster boats. If you race a boat such as a 29er with a handicap of 1000 or less, you’re likely to be in Start 4 with the rest of the asymmetric monohull dinghies.
On Wednesdays, all boats sail the same course and all fleets are handicap: pick the start appropriate to the boat you sail.
On Friday evenings, our summer programme includes a “friendly” pursuit race, while on Saturday afternoons, we offer handicap racing: both these popular activities provide friendly competition in an environment that is sympathetic to newcomers to dinghy racing.
On Saturday afternoons from April to October, ‘Team Grafham’ is in action, offering those with some previous racing experience the opportunity to hone and practice their skills in friendly completion with other young sailors.
Cambridgeshire Youth League
Grafham is a member of the Cambridgeshire Youth League; this is a series of five events over the summer for members of local clubs. Participating clubs in addition to Grafham are Ely, Cam, Hunts, Paxton Lakes and Grafham Onboard. The events are open to junior and youth sailors up to the age of 19 who are members of the participating clubs. Our junior sailors are encouraged to sail, both at Grafham and at the other events. There are individual prizes at each event and for the series, and a team trophy for the overall wining club.
Full details can be found on the CSYSA web site which gives details of other events on the Cambridgeshire and National Youth and Schools Sailing Associations calendars.