Grad News

Minutes of the 2015 AGM can be found here



Nationals Day 3

Final day (3rd day) of Graduate Nationals 2015

It was an early start for the Graduates on the final day of the 2015 Nationals at Chipstead with the first race of the day being scheduled for 0930. The wind was there; unfortunately, it was from the north which meant short beats and long reaches

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Grad Nationals Day 2

Competitors arriving in the morning were greeted with sunshine and a westerly wind for the start of second day of the Graduate Nationals. Three races were sailed on day two.

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Grad Nationals Day 1

On Saturday 23rd May, 26 Graduates from ten different clubs congregated at Chipstead Sailing Club, in Kent, for their 2015 National Championships. Day one was to be a gentle introduction to the event with a short practice race and the first main points race. Most people took part in the practice to familiarise themselves with the lake and the force two to four east-northeast wind.

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New Wooden Grad


The first wooden graduate for a while, on display at the dinghy show.

Read about The Graduate year, Tim Harper's new boat, and the Rooster boats, in Yachts and Yachting, here

Visit Tim Harper's website, here

Grad Sail rules

Please note the published class rules do not reflect the change in rules in 2013 removing the minimum ply weight. Please bear this in mind if buying new sails; most modern materials are lighter than the stated minimum, but this no longer applies. We will update asap.

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The Graduate Dinghy


The 'Grad' as it affectionately known, is a 12' sailing dinghy designed for two people. The class association is responsible for supporting Graduate owners by providing technical advice, building a community in which sailors can share their experiences and promote both class and handicap racing events.



The association also manage the rules which define the Graduate Dinghy, and are proud to be promoting new innovations and developments that will ensure the class is successful for many years to come.



The Grad is especially loved for it's superb upwind performance, giving many faster boats a run for their money; this has been further enhanced by the recent development of a new larger sail plan. The larger sail fits to existing spars, increasing performance downwind and improving gust response upwind. The new sail coupled with our new boat builder has created a real 'buzz' around the boat park, adding momentum to the revival of the class, building strong foundations for its future. This is reflected in the ever increasing attendance at the class national championships.


Grad Events

Chipstead SC

Grad Nationals at Chipstead SC
23 - 25 May 2015

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club

Graduate Northerns
1 - 2 August
(first weekend of Bass week, option to stay for the rest of the week)

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