Grafham Water SC

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.

At the 2006 National Championships at Netley, Grafham had the biggest entry (18 boats of the 63 entries) – their sailors took 1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 19th etc. places.  In 2006 Grafham also hosted our largest ever non-nationals traveller event with 46 entries (19 from the home club).

The Grafham fleet are ardent travellers and have strong representation in both the winter and summer traveller series. The fleet runs a regular training Pro-Am activity in the Club racing in the afternoon of the first Sunday of the month to bring on the novices. The novices get a lap or two of personal tuition from some of the top Sprint 15 sailors every month and love it. Check it out on the Grafham website

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.
For more information on Grafham, ring the club office (01480 810478) or the Sprint 15 fleet captain, Bob Carter (01438 354367)


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.

Map to Grafham Water SC


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:

The Old Manor, Grafham 01480 810264
Mr E Mann, Shooters Hollow, Buckden. 01480 810298


Bed & Breakfast is available at the following:

Graham Dunn, Perry, (opposite pub) 01480 810033
Mrs Whiteside, Perry 01480-810566
Mrs A Mc Carthy, Perry (Self Catering) 01480-811743/810206
Mrs Diana Hickling, Perry 01480-810225
Sylvia Woolard, Great Staunton 01480-860677
Mrs Audrey Dawson, Great Staunton 01480 869018
The Lion, Buckden, 01480 810313
The George. Buckden 01480 810307
Mrs Craig, Grafham 01480-810733
The Montague Arms, Grafham 01480 812996
Mrs Boocock, Stoneley, 01480-860232
Mrs Harwood-Clark 01480 812380