Sailing for people with disabilities at Grafham Water




Grafham Water Sailability - making waves for disabled sailors

                     Sailing For People With Disabilities















Grafham Water Sailability
is a charity based at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire. Our objective is simply to enable people with many types of disability to enjoy the thrill of sailing.

We welcome new members with disabilities, even if you have never been sailing before. We also welcome able bodied helpers without whom we wouldn't get afloat.

Scroll down this page to the Contact section, send us an email then come along and meet us. Your first visit and maybe a trial sail is completely free and without obligation. You'll find us a friendly and welcoming club.

The 2018 Sailing Season starts on Thursday 5th April then continues until mid October. Sailing starts at 1.00 p.m. and finishes around 4.30 p.m. All sailing is, of course, subject to the weather which is assessed at the start of each session.

Scroll down to our online publications list for our 2018 calendar.

We Provide
solo and accompanied sailing opportunities for our disabled members. Our focus is very much on the active participation of sailors in all our activities. We coach all new members to sail to the best of THEIR ability, whether with our very experienced sailing buddies or solo sailing.

Our Fleet Of Boats includes eleven Challenger trimarans which can be sailed solo or with an accompanying sailing buddy,  two Hobie Tandem Mirage trimarans and a Drascombe Longboat which can accommodate a group of six.  We also have our own fully equipped Safety Boat and a coaching RIB..

So whether you're interested in racing or relaxed sailing come along and meet us. You may be surprised by how much we have to offer.

Contact Eric Joyce by clicking on this email link then come along and meet us:

      Email Enquiries


      Grafham Water Sailability
      Grafham Water Centre,
      Off Chichester Way,
      Cambridgeshire PE28 0GW


For a Google location map click here and key in PE28 0GW
We are located at the 'A' symbol, by the waterside at Grafham Water Centre


Grafham Water Sailability is a Registered Charity, No 1116917 

Download our online information files at the foot of this web page

Judi Figgures M.B.E. It was with immense sadness last year that we announced the passing of our co-founder Judi Figgures M.B.E. Judi died peacefully at home in Huntingdon on 28th November 2017. She has brought inspiration to sailors and volunteers at Grafham and other Sailability groups throughout Britain and abroad for over twenty years. For all of us who sail or help with Sailability Judi will be with us for many years to come.



Online GWS Information Files:

Download GWS Calendar 2018

Membership Application Form

Notes On Challenger Sailing

Download Essential Guidance for GWS Sailors and Carers

Download GWS Safety and Operating Procedures

Download GWS Protection Policy

Download GWS Risk Management Plan


GWS Sailing Secretary Pauline Shaw chatting to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh
during his visit on 25th May 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of  Grafham Water reservoir. Prince Philip also met other GWS personnel and showed great interest in our members and our boats.

A selection of pictures from our 2014 David Campbell Memorial Race. This was the race's fourth outing and traditionally takes in the water tower in the north-west of the lake, one of David's favourite routes.  These photographs are by Marcia Carpenter.


Some of our Rotary supporters and our sailors -