Grafham Water SC
We are delighted to be part of the annual Ovington Inlands Open Meeting at Grafham Water SC, and hope that a large fleet of OKs (regardless of their builder) will turn up and support the event this year.
Motorhome parking and camping are permitted on site, this needs to be booked via the GWSC website and the system will be opened up for booking one month ahead of the event. Caravans are not permitted. Due to the likelihood of a large entry you are recommended to book early if you want a motorhome pitch.
We understand that the club may now be able to oﬀer accommodation at adjacent Watersports Centre – please contact the Grafham Water SC Oﬃce to ﬁnd out more.
There’s a Premier Inn about five miles north of the club, and the club has an accommodation list which you can ﬁnd here oﬀering a range of other options in the area.
There’s plenty of parking for boats and cars, the club usually has marshalls in operation at large events and you will be instructed on where to drop boats, park cars etc on arrival.
Due to the nature of the event there is no social planned, however the bar will be open after sailing each day and it is hoped that competitors will take the chance to gather together over a pint (or two) after sailing.
GWSC have a very good galley, located on the ground ﬂoor of the clubhouse. It is open throughout the day, providing hot and cold snacks, drinks etc. There is a bar on the top ﬂoor of the club which provides good views of the water and sailing. The ‘cheesy chips’ get rave reviews from regular attendees!
Dogs are allowed on the site but please keep them on a lead and make sure any deposits are picked up and disposed of correctly.
Invasive plants and animals block waterways, harm the environment and wildlife, and can damage your boat’s engine and props. They can be small and hard to spot so are easily spread on damp equipment and clothing. Protect the environment and sport you enjoy by keeping your kit free of invasive plants and animals.
There are comprehensive processes in place to control the spread of non-native species, please follow all instructions given and ensure your boat is cleaned in accordance with instructions.
Movement of Boats to Grafham Water
In order to prevent the spread of non-native species there is a requirement to ensure that boats are clean before they visit the site using the principle of Check Clean Dry. This includes: CHECK your equipment and clothing for live organisms – particularly in areas that are damp or hard to inspect. CLEAN and wash equipment, footwear and clothing thoroughly. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them. DRY all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions. Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere.
Anglian Water ask for boats and equipment, arriving at Grafham Water that are from the following locations, to have been clean and dry for at least two days prior to arrival – if not, then they must not be launched at the Club:
- Wraysbury Reservoir and Wraysbury River near to Staines,
- The Queen Mother Reservoir Queen Elizabeth II/Bessborough Reservoirs,
- Queen Mary Reservoir,
- Warwick East Reservoir,
- Warwick West Reservoir and
- William Girling Reservoir all located in the Lee Valley
Movement of Boats from Grafham Water
A non-native species of fresh water shrimp (commonly known as killer shrimps) have been found in Grafham Water and certain restrictions on boat movement have been imposed by AW, DEFRA or other bodies to prevent the spread of these to other locations in the UK. These requirements are prominently displayed on the club premises and will include washing boats and equipment before removal from the Club premises.