Grad News

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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Grad Reflections....

Take a look at this review of the Graduate Dinghy way back in 1952 - its amazing how far the class has come over the last 57 years.

Up Close and Personal

Check out our new 'up close and personal' with the Rooster Grad page.

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

RYA Dinghy Show

28 February - 1 March
Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace

Emberton Park SC

Open Event
12 April 2015

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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