• 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.

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    Crew Register

News

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

Keep an eye on the Coronavirus Blog which is being regularly updated (last update 4th July).

Sunday 12th July

The Sunday series NoR and SSI are now available. Currently no-one has registered on DutyMan to act as Race Officer and Assistant Race Officer for Sunday racing. It will not be possible to run racing without volunteers. The cafe will be open from 10:00 and will remain open after racing. There is now a limited amount of seating inside, for those consuming food and drink purchased from the cafe. It will also be possible to order drinks from the bar after racing, although the top deck bar will remain physically closed. Orders will be brought to you. Payment will be contactless only.

Double Handed Sailing Guidance Update

Please see the updated guidance in the Covid-19 Operating Procedures (in the section On The Water)

AGM Documents

The AGM will be on 19th July (see notice below). Here are links to the AGM Booklet, Final Accounts and Proxy Voting Form.

Chandlery

We are now able to offer a Chandlery service. Please email coxswains@grafham.org with your order. It can be collected from the Coxswain’s shed after the following Thursday. Please pay by card or exact money only. There is a link to the Chandlery Catalogue here.

Reminder about Safety on the Water

Safety cover continues to be very restricted. In the event of emergency, priority will be given to people over boats/equipment. Only go on the water if your sailing skills are of a standard commensurate with the red & white flag i.e. you are able to right your boat unaided and return to the shore under the prevailing weather conditions on the day. Before going afloat check your equipment to minimise the chance of breakages. You may see safety boats manoeuvering on the water. Do not assume they are providing any type of normal safety cover; it is important that safety crews train and practice to retain their skills.

Forthcoming Events

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

All Open Meetings scheduled until the end of June have been cancelled due to Coronavirus. We will update the list as the situation changes.

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