Grad News

Emberton Park Open Meeting

Four boats entered the Emberton Park Open Meeting on 12 April. Competitors were greeted by bright sunshine and a rising gusty wind.

In the first race, Tony and Sam Cooper were away first, followed by locals Rob and Karen Bell, and Daid Wilson crewed by Stewart Eaton. Survival was the key to success, and everyone took a swim at some point. Following a capsize and some man overboard practice, Wilson and Eaton went ashore, to hand third place to Hamilton and Alastair Roaf.

The second race was sailed back-to-back, with only the Coopers and Roafs giving it a go. After a fantastic start, Hamilton capsized just after the windward mark. The force of the capsize was such that the mast snapped clean in two, and this left Tony to sail on unopposed. Kindly, the OOD shortened after one lap.

So it was all over by lunchtime, and everyone went home early.
Thanks again to EPSC for their warm hospitality once again.
  1. 2873 Tony and Sam Cooper, KIng George SC
  2. 2901 Hamilton and Alastair Roaf, Chipstead SC
  3. 2900 Rob and Karen Bell, Emberton Park SC
  4. 3010 David Wilson and Stewart Eaton, Broadwater SC/West Oxfordshire SC


Tom Sims

It is with great sadness that I learn of the death of Tom Sims. Tom had been a keen supporter of the Graduate class for many years, and sailed in many Nationals and other events with his wife Barbara. Latterly, he had spent time on rules and technical support for the developments that have made the boat what it is today. Tom was also a prominent member of Medway Yacht Club and on various RYA committees. He was also a good friend and we had many enjoyable socials at events over the years.

He will be sadly missed




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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