Graduate Dinghy Association

The Grad and BoatYard at Beer are at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace today and tomorrow (March 2 - 3 2019).

Always a great day out. Well worth a visit!


        Dinghy Show                           March 2 - 3 2019 Alexandra Palace    

        Graduate National Championships       May 4 - 6 2019   Stewartby SC

        Emberton Park SC Open Meeting          April 7 2019

        Chipstead SC Open Meeting             May 12 2019

        Graduate Northerns at Bass Week       August 3 – 11 2019

        Bolton SC Open Meeting.               August 26 2019


Handicap Open Events for Graduates in 2019


Sea events

Aldeburgh Yacht Club   Suffolk 2019     


·         REGATTA DATES         Junior & Youth Regatta: Monday 12th August  to Friday 16th August

AYC Regatta: Sunday 18th August to Friday 23rd August(Carnival Day Monday 19th August)

·         tide dependant , river sailing, mid-summer, 5 days often with a long distance race mid-week. Can be exposed and windy

Pyefleet Week   Essex  11/8/2019,        


·         Hosted Graduate Nationals twice. 5 day event,1 race a day. Tidal estuary sailing. Can be a long walk with the trolleys.

Stone Week   Blackwater river Essex     


·         Tidal 5 day with midweek long distance.10 race series



Inland events.

Wroxham week Norfolk Broads Yacht Club.


·         3 separate handicap races a day.

·         Broad sailing Local handicaps apply A very sociable and busy club event.

Notts County Sailing Club Nottingham.


·         2nd May Bank Holiday

·         Super inland lake. Handicap fleet. Hosted Graduate Nationals 2016 & 2018


    Emberton Park SC Open Meeting April 7 2019


Peter Guyett, from Frensham Pond, has passed away. Peter was Association President from 1993 - 2000. A stalwart of Graduate Sailing and a true gentleman. Our condolences go out to his family.

Bolton Graduate Open Event

report in Yachts and Yachting can be read here

Photos © Richard Craig /


On Sunday 11th October 2015, Bolton Sailing Club hosted the Graduate sailing dinghy open with boats as far afield as Kent entering the event.

The wind was a South Westerly force 2/3 with gusts to 4. In the first race the top Graduate sailors all jockeyed for position on the start, but the usual GP14 sailors (in a borrowed boat) Julie and Chris Waddington took full home advantage to keep in clear air and speed off making the top mark first closely followed by the chasing pack. The Waddington's held the lead as they went behind the island but as the boats came back, it was the pairing of Steve Blackburn and Rhea Burton (in Grad 2917) in front followed by Ben and Gabe Hill (3018) and the rest of the pack in close contention. The positions stayed the same until the boats once again emerged from behind the island with Steve and Rhea 1st the battle was on for 2nd and David Ivins and Holly Brooks 2878 had fought their way through the pack after a disappointing start to take second with Ben and Gabe second, the placings stayed the same to the finish. Julie and Chris Waddington had to retire with a massive boat failure and took no further part.


2nd race with the wind dropping slightly saw even closer racing between the top 3 boats with the boats tacking and gybing to cover each other all the way to the finish line. Blackburn/Burton took the honours again followed by Ivins/Brooks with the Hills in a close 3rd

3rd race and the wind had dropped considerably which meant ideal weather for the light pairing of Ivins and Brooks who led from start to finish with the Hills 2nd and Dave and Liz Wilson 3rd.

The prizes went to 1st Steve Blackburn and Rhea Burton from WLYC in Southport. 2nd David Ivins and Holly Brooks from Bolton and 3rd Ben and Gabe Hill from WLYC in Southport

Bolton Sailing Club would like to thank all the competitors who competed in today's Graduate open.

Steve Blackburn & Rhea Burton win the Bolton Graduate Open
Steve Blackburn & Rhea Burton win the Bolton Graduate Open © Richard Craig /

Photos © Richard Craig /