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This Section is merely to appraise you of what's happening around Police sailing, who's doing what (sailing-wise) and acting as general scuttlebutt.

This Page:-
January, 2019 onwards
(the latest news  -  immediately below)





The PSUK National Dinghy Championships are pencilled in for 17th and 18th June 2020 at CVLSC


The minutes from the recent PSUK Sailing Section AGM, now available via the 'Reports & Stories' section of this website.



Notice of AGM 2019

Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 5.30pm to 8pm

(followed by an optional club supper details below)


The Little Ship Club

Cranes Wharf Bell Wharf Lane,
London EC4R 3TB 
Tel: 020 7236 7729

including the PSUK Award of Excellence presentation to:
Fran Gifford and Peter Walker



Ian Campbell, PSUK Office Mgr has circulated an "Event Organisers Quick Guide" to sport secretaries for organisers of PSUK sports events. This will be forwarded to PSUK regatta organisers. A copy can also be obtained from Ian or applying to Barnacle Bill .



Just a note - that the PSUK 'Police Sport UK' has changed its website address to .

The above logo may well appear on correspondence received from PSUK.

I've only just stopped referring to the PAA....


A message from the PSUK Sailing Section Secretary:

Dear all,

Following the very successful 2019 Dinghy Nationals hosted by Avon and Somerset we are still looking for a volunteer force to host next year’s 2020 Nationals. Could I ask that you all speak to your respective sailing committees and have a think.

The PSUK committee should again this year be able to provide some funding (although we will not know how much until later in the year)

The best formula for the event is to encourage a local sailing club to run the event - this reduces work required from the organiser and offers a little independence to the racing.

I have tried to find a joint Services or similar event to combine with but nothing really jumps out as suitable.

Best wishes,




A number of links to pictures taken at this year's PSUK Dinghy Championships are now published



A Report on the PSUK Dinghy Champs 2019 is now available. Picture links will follow...

A message from John Oldham
Just a date for your diaries - The AGM of the PSUK sailing section will be held at New Scotland Yard on Wednesday the 2nd Oct at 11am - I will send out dial-in details nearer the time.

Those who wish to attend - please let me know but your will have to be at NSY at around 10 am  to allow me time to get you through the security.


A successful regatta was held by Devon & Cornwall Sailing Association on 18th May. Some details have arrived and may be viewed via the D&C page.
Change of Contact personnel at Avon & Somerset Sailing Section

The Secretary is now Mike Buck. E-mail

Treasurer is Peter Knight
Bosun is Darren Crew
Assistant bosuns, Andy Butler and Malcolm Dykes.

Shirley Eden has retired from the Force so any emails sent to her address will bounce.


The Notice of Race and Entry Form for this year's PSUK National Dinghy Championships at Chew Valley Lake are now available to download.


The Devon & Cornwall Police Offshore Regatta takes place on Saturday, 18th May, 2019 at Brixham Yacht Club,

Details have already been circulated to a number of prospective participants and provide the opportunity for Sailing Sections of other forces to take part.

The D&C page provides details of the event including the Organiser's contact details.


A date for your diary

The AGM for the PSUK Sailing Section AGM is set for 11am on the 2nd October, 2019 at New (new) Scotland Yard,

More details to follow in due course..

ICCA announcement  - A circulation received from Franjo..

Dear ICCA friends

I was thinking a lot, talking with ICCA committee, skippers etc... and finally made a decision. There will be change of a rule on ICCA regattas about participants. We will allow to participate also family members of the crew, but there must be minimal 4 law enforcement officers in the crew. Also majority of the skippers agree about this, and I hope this rule will make easier to put the teams together.

Regarding  the WPSC regatta - the rule stays the same - only police officers can participate (active, former, retired).

We are asking all skippers to keep that in mind, and play fair game here on both regattas.

Franjo Stančin


The Notice of Race is now published for the NCA/PSUK Offshore Regatta in September.
The date for this year's combined NCA/PSUK Offshore Regatta is confirmed as 22 - 27 September. Notice of Race will follow shortly.
A recent circulation received from Avon & Somerset..

In recent years it is no secret that Police Dinghy Sailing has been in decline, last year's Nationals hosted by Hampshire at Netley saw less than 20 boats competing and it became obvious that unless someone volunteered to host the 2019 event that it was going to be the last one.

We volunteered to host the event in 2019 at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club on the 12th and 13th June. If it is not going to disappear we need your support.

Please put the date in your diary, camper vans are now allowed on site and we are hoping to sort out camping. On the Wednesday after sailing there will be a meal and the bar will be open. Most of you will know what a lovely location it is.

We have yet to put full details on the Policesailing website but will do as soon as possible, if you are able to support us at this time just let me know and please try to drum up support. Let me know if there is anyone else I can contact.

We need to make this year's event a success or it could undoubtedly be the last National Dinghy event.

Thank you for your time and support.

Jeff Stratford.
President Avon & Somerset Sailing Section.


A summary of previous, recent entries from the end of 2018:
Avon & Somerset Sailing Section recently held their AGM and Jim Shaw was elected Commodore. Also confirmed were the dates for their annual regatta which will be incorporated into their running of the Championship for 2019.

The dates:- Wednesday-Thursday, 12th-13th June, 2019. The venue: Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club. The Race Officer will be the perennial, Keith Harris.


See the International Coppers Cup page for the latest news regarding the Programme for 2019 and payment.

(Most recent entries are now at the top of this page)


See below for previous Entries from Barnacle Bill
August, 2000 to September, 2002  November, 2002 to November, 2003

November, 2002 to November, 2003

November, 2002 to November, 2003 January 2004 - January 2005

March - September, 2005

October, 2005 - September, 2006 October, 2006 - September, 2007

October, 2007 - December, 2008

January - December, 2009 January - December, 2010 January - December, 2011
January - December, 2012 January - December, 2013   January - December, 2014
January - December, 2015 January - December, 2016 January - December, 2017
Go to the entries for: January - December, 2018    

If you have a tale to tell, or news to circulate - anything which you feel is suitable for this column - please contact me..

Barnacle Bill