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.

Many of our members are wheelchair users or have other physical disabilities. Some members have learning disabilities and some are visually impaired. Several of our sailors are partially or profoundly deaf. Out on the lake everyone sails on equal terms and disability is no bar. 

See a short video interview with our sailors. Click here.

We welcome new members with disabilities - and helpers, even if you have never been sailing before. We also welcome new associate members, our hard working supporters 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. After that you can apply for membership of our friendly and welcoming club. 

Our full membership fee is just 30 for a whole year - incredible value compared to most sailing clubs. There are no additional charges.

The 2019 Sailing Season starts on the first Thursday of April. Sailing starts at 1.00 p.m. and finishes around 4.30 p.m. every Thursday between April and October. 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 club 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 twelve 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 plus our skipper and first mate.  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.

You can support GWS with a donation via our MyDonate page. Click on the link at the head of this page. There are no fees or commission charged by MyDonate.

Contact us 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. We have recently named our latest new Challenger in her honour - 'Judi'. Both will be with us for many years to come.

Fundraising Thank You Grafham Water Sailability obtains funding through the efforts of its own members and our Rotary supporters. We receive no funding from statutory bodies. We offer thanks to many organisations, including 300 recently donated for a new boat cover by Ridgeons, the Cambridgeshire Builders Merchants.

Online GWS Information Files:

Download GWS Calendar 2019

Membership Application Form

Notes On Challenger Sailing

Download Essential Guidance for GWS Sailors and their Carers

Download GWS Safety and Operating Procedures

Our GWS Policy Documents:

GWS Protection Policy

Download GWS Equal Opportunities Policy

Download GWS Data Privacy Policy

Download GWS Risk Management Plan

Download GWS Bullying and Harassment Policy

Download GWS Dog Policy


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 -