Crew: 2 man crew.
Dimensions: 3.82 meters in length and ±84kg.
Sail Area: 10 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Its simple, uncluttered design offers an untroubled sailing experience, making it both a good family boat and excellent racer.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate (Youth)
The Graduate is a one design, double handed sailing dinghy, designed by Dick Wyche in Nottingham in 1952. This well balanced, fine tuned sailing dinghy with Is simple, uncluttered design offers an untroubled sailing experience, making it both a good family boat and excellent racer.
The Graduate Dinghy or '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 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.
The design is tough and provides low maintenance sailing whether constructed from GRP, Composite, Wood and more recently, Epoxy Foam Sandwich. The boat embraces modern materials and construction techniques, keeping abreast with developments in the industry. The mainsail has recently been re-designed, increasing the sail area slightly to give the sail a more modern cut. This has led to improved downwind performance and a better gust response.
Other developments include; carbon fiber fly away jib pole - you will never loose a jib pole over the side again! And inboard sheeting, allowing the sheeting position to be adjusted to the cut of your jib, improving upwind sailing; allowing you to point higher.
It is easily handled, on and off the water and while a good sea boat it is at its best on inland waters. Unlike many of the offerings from the big manufacturers, the Graduate is not a fashion statement – here today and gone tomorrow, nor does it have an endless list of options. The Graduate is a boat free of complication that has the controls that really matter.
In race trim, the Graduate is sailed with two people from husband and wife, parent and child, juniors, in fact anyone. The dinghy is also relatively light for a double handed boat. This makes it easy to move around off the water by a single person; important when sailing with youngsters.