Author Archives: Hilary Talbot

Flying Fifteen Open Meeting

Grafham Water SC FF15 Open 8/9 June 2019 Saturday’s forecast on Thursday of 40+ gusts certainly dampened down the entry but on the day the wind had moderated to 22mph with 30+ gusts. After a mutually agreed delay of 30 minutes the afternoon racing was set on a sausage/triangle/sausage course. The first race got underway […]

Wednesday Evening Blog

Welcome to the 2019 Wednesday Evening Series. Joe’s blog is back! 12th June What a cracking warm summer’s evening sailing we all had! F3 bright blue skies, not a cloud in sight. We couldn’t ask for more. Unfortunately many of you must have been on holiday as the turnout was a little disappointing considering the conditions. […]

Cambs Youth League

The first event in the 2019 Cambridgeshire Youth League took place at Grafham on Saturday 1st June. In fact it should have been the second event but bad weather caused the first, at Cam SC to be postponed and that is now scheduled for Saturday 8th June. 35 young sailors from Grafham, Cam, Hunts and […]

Mark Laying

“marks one eight five zero metres two zero zero degrees” Such a VHF transmission is no longer gibberish to four GWSC members who spent May 25 on our club-level mark-laying course. The participants learnt about using GPS to measure distances and bearings and how to use a hand-bearing compass to check angles. They also learnt […]

Mark Laying Course

Interested in Mark Laying at Grafham Events? The Club is organising an on-the-water training day on Saturday, May 25, for club volunteers interested in helping at open meetings to practise mark-laying and understand more about race management. It’s free to attend. You need the minimum of RYA Powerboat Handling Level 2 (PB2) and ideally some experience […]

Spring Prizewinners

The prize-giving for the Spring Series will be held in the Cafe at lunch time on Sunday 5th May. The winners are: Morning Spring series 1st Allcomers Slow Solo 5586 Ian Walters 2nd Allcomers Slow Solo 5827 Ewan Birkin-Walls 3rd Allcomers Slow Solo 5835 Dave Lucas 1st Fast RS600 919 Wayne Hancox 1st Asy Monohull RS200 1629 Phil Bailey Helen […]

Aero Success for Young GWSC Member

Photo: Paul Wright-Anderson On Saturday 27th April, Grafham Water was closed for sailing due to Storm Hannah. The blue and white flag was flying, meaning windsurfers only, as the gusts hit 40 knots. Meanwhile at Island Barn Reservoir in western London, the RS Aero UK Spring Championship was getting underway in winds gusting up to 34 […]

Friendly Fridays are back!

Friendly Friday pursuit racing restarts this Friday, 3rd May. The race finishes at 1945. Your start time depends on your boat – for instance Toppers start at 1857; Solos at 1903; standard Laser at 1904; Spitfire at 1919. This is very much more relaxed racing than Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings – a great way to […]

Try Sailing in May

Push the Boat Out – Monday 6th May Ever wanted to try sailing? Then come along to Grafham Water Sailing Club on Monday, 6 May.  As part of the nationwide Push the Boat Out Initiative from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), we are offering free sailing and windsurfing taster sessions for children and adults.  Don’t […]

Grafham Easter Egg

The 5th Grafham Easter Egg, held on 19th-20th April, was a great success. 62 young sailors enjoyed warm sunny conditions, with wind that became lighter as the event went on, finally dying just after the finish of the final race. This annual event originally started as an Optimist Open Meeting, but this year was opened […]