|Sprint 15 contact: Bob Carter Tel: 01438 354367|
Grafham (near Huntingdon) is one of the powerhouses of the Sprint 15 Class. There are about 40 Sprint 15s at Grafham although quite a few are owned by fun/occasional sailors but last year 26 took part in one or more of our events. There are usually 6 - 12 racing on a Sunday where the Sprint 15s dominate the catamaran fleet and the racing standard is very high. The fleet is very competitive and boasts in their membership the current and many times National Champion, George Carter (who is also the Sport National Champion), Bob Carter (our class events secretary), who was National Champion in 1997 and Stuart Snell, who was Dart 18 Champion in 1996. They are occasionally joined by Steve Sawford, who is a full time boat builder and he is creating a name for himself in the fleet for his high quality hull repairs – his sailing is not too shabby either. Other notables include Chris Black, Grubguru Frank Sandells, Bill Tusting, Philip Howden, Steve Petts, Richard Philpott, Simon Farthing, Bob Rowntree, Richard Whitelock, Tom Sandals, Long John (Long), Trevor Arnold, Keith Ball and many more. George Carter is currently on secondment to Toronto Canada but he has retained his boat at Grafham and comes back to defend his championship crowns.
Grafham Water is 2 miles west of Buckden which is on the A1, midway between Stevenage and Stamford. It is a large man-made inland water with a maximum length of 3 miles and is 1.5 miles wide at its widest point. The water area is 1600 acres which gives ample space for all types of sailing and is particularly suitable for catamarans. The Sprint 15 fleet is the biggest in the country and are a friendly bunch who support both club events and the Sprint 15 Association traveller series.
Take the A1 and then turn West at the Buckden roundabout towards Perry. Ignore the sign to Grafham and keep straight on to Perry village. In Perry take the right turn to the Club by a large Cedar tree - opposite the Wheatsheaf Pub.
Camping: There is a small camping area in the Club Grounds which is free and you do not have to book. Note: caravans are not permitted, neither are dogs. It does get filled quite quickly.
Other Campsites in the area are:
Bed & Breakfast is available at the following: