Friendly Fridays

IMGP0509Friendly Fridays are relatively informal summer evening events (from May 4th through to August 10th). They are intended to give the opportunity to:

  • introduce family and friends to sailing and Grafham
  • try different boats
  • sail with different people
  • improve your skills with help from our on-water coaching
  • start the weekend with a sail when there’s other Club activity on the water
  • optionally, join in racing, with plenty of help for newcomers who want to join in.

IMGP0513Racing is relaxed and optional: many people new to racing find our popular Friday pursuit race a very helpful ‘pathway’ into the more serious racing offered on Wednesdays and Sundays. Even if you choose not to race, there’ll be coach boats on the water to offer advice (if you want it) and there’ll be rescue boats on hand should you get into difficulties.


Click here to view an RYA promotional video, featuring the past summer’s ‘Friendly Fridays’.

Friendly Fridays 2018
Friendly Friday is for everyone, a great way to end the week and start your weekend.  It’s a ‘relaxed-rules’ multi-class Friday evening pursuit race.  The race is designed so that every boat has an equal chance to be in the lead at the 1945 race finish time.  Start times are handicapped depending on what boat you’re sailing –.for instance a RS Tera starts at 1852; a standard Laser at 1904; a Sprint 15 at 1912.  The Race Officer will give you a race briefing at 1800, and the start-time clock starts ticking at 1845 (the Optimist start time!).  After putting your boat to bed, there’s often some post-race analysis and banter at the Wheatsheaf.  Enjoy your summer evenings, sailing at Grafham!


4 May-10 Aug

18:00 onwards



NB Hire fees apply for use of club boats. Boats need to be booked and paid for at the office prior to going on the water.