• About the Club

    The club has been running for more than fifty years and has about 1,200 members using almost 600 boats – and facilities to match!

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  • About the Lake

    At about 3 miles long and, at its maximum, 1.5 miles wide, Grafham Water is one of the best inland sailing venues in the UK.

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  • Where we are

    The club is located three miles from the A1/A14 junction, between Bedford, Northampton, Cambridge and Peterborough and about 60 miles north of London.

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  • What we sail

    Almost anything! Our members sail dinghies, catamarans, sailboards, day keelboats and small sailing cruisers.

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  • Who can sail?

    The club caters for groups and individuals of all sailing abilities from beginners through to the very experienced. Newcomers to sailing can learn to sail through sailing lessons with our RYA accredited Training Centre.

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  • Learn to sail?

    The Club is an RYA Recognised Training Centre: we offer RYA certified training courses in dinghy sailing, windsurfing and power boating that we can tailor to different ages and experience levels.

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  • Safety

    Our professional and qualified coxswains provide top-class on-water safety cover seven days a week. At weekends, the coxswains are supported by RYA-qualified volunteer safety boat crews.

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  • Shore-side

    Our large clubhouse (on three levels) includes a café on the ground floor, large changing rooms on the middle floor and a smart ‘dry bar’ with spectacular views across the lake on the upper level.

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  • Membership

    Membership is open to sailors and non sailors of all ages. Non boat owners can join the Club and use the small fleet of club boats. Day visitors, with their own dinghy or sailboard are always welcome.

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  • No Boat?

    Join us and get access to our growing fleet of Club boats – or check out our Crew Register.

    Club Boats

    Crew Register


Before visiting the club please be sure to check the Covid-19 Operating Procedures.

Keep an eye on the Coronavirus Blog which is being updated as we make new announcements relating to Covid-19.(last update 18th September).

Covid-19 Update

From Friday 18th September, the club is required to keep a record of everyone who visits the site for Track and Trace purposes. We are using an RYA-recommended App that has been developed for the hospitality industry for this. Each time you visit the club, please scan the QR code displayed on posters around the site, using your phone’s camera. This will take you to a website where you can enter your details. The information will be stored securely for 21 days and then destroyed. If you arrive with others, only one member of the group needs to do this. If you can’t scan the QR code, go to registerdetails.com/Z7c in your browser, or there is a paper signing in log at the entrance to the cafe.

From Monday 14th September it is illegal to meet anywhere in groups of more than six people. You can read the detailed government guidance here. The changes do not impact on-water activities at the club, however they do apply to social interactions in the club grounds and buildings. There is more information in the Coronavirus Blog.

National Championship Success

Young GWSC member Julian Bosch was crowned foiling A Class Catamaran national champion at the weekend. Read the article here.

Coming Up at the Club

Demo Solo Available
The National Solo Class Association have a new Solo demo boat that will be at GWSC for about 4 weeks. Any club member can try it out. To book your slot and fill in a form please email chrisbrown024@aol.com

Wednesday Afternoon Informal Series

The first of the Wednesday afternoon series took place on 9th September with 7 boats having a great sail. Read Nigel’s blog here and why not come along this week to join it?

Intermediate Windsurfing Training

We are continuing to run Intermediate Windsurfing Sessions on Saturdays. These are two and a half hours, youth in the morning and adult in the afternoon. To join these sessions you must be able to sail upwind and return to the shore unaided. Please sign up via WebCollect. We reserve the right to cancel the session if the weather is unfavourable or there are insufficient numbers.

Forthcoming Events

Click here to view a complete list of forthcoming open meetings at Grafham with links to documentation.

26-27 September 2020 RYA Regional Junior Championships

Event documentation and online entry via the RYA website

Camping Booking

Online entry, camper van and camping booking is now via the WebCollect system.