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Happy New Year to all..
It looks as if there will be a few regattas returning to the police sailing calendar. Cheshire & Dorset re-appear in the list below and there may be another..
Today, confirmation of the Sussex Police regatta going ahead at Lancing again. Please note the date is different to the date originally shown as provisional.
Firstly, dates for your diary - A reminder of Police Regatta dates for 2014 known so far....
The Police Sport UK Offshore
The North British Police Offshores
The Metropolitan Police Open Dinghy
The Dorset Police Regatta
The Police Sport UK National Laser &
Dinghy Sailing Championships
Metropolitan Police Yachting Champs 2014 on the Solent
PSUK Yacht Racing Championships 2014
Message from the Organisers..
Happy New Year to one and all.
Not a lot happening on the police sailing scene...
Among others yet to be confirmed, the West Midlands Dinghy regatta has still to set a date but we anticipate that it will be sometime in April, 2014.
Don't be too surprised to find that our police dinghy
champion has changed his boat. Look out for a Finn..
Some may remember Alan Costello who skippered the Sussex Offshore team in past PSUK Offshore Championships. I last spoke to him 3 years ago on the balcony at Bexhill SC when he was about to depart for warmer climes having just retired from Sussex Police. Since then he has established himself in the charter industry out in Lefkas, Greece where he is now in a position to offer some really very good deals on yacht charters particularly for police officers and police support staff. The yachts are mostly Bavarias, ranging from 30 to 50 feet.
Alan plans to return to the Solent for the PSUK Offshores in May and will probably be found on one of the Sussex yachts attending.
Meanwhile his contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org & 0044 (0)7501 809112
News from Dorset - Their Dinghy regatta date is now confirmed: Wednesday, 2nd July.
A message from Marie:
After a gap of three years, Janet Gaukroger the new secretary of the Cheshire Sailing Section has organised this year's Cheshire Constabulary Dinghy Regatta at Winsford Flash on Wednesday, 4th June.
Preparations are underway for the event and the Notice of Race & Entry Form are now published on the Cheshire page.
Follow the (Sunsail) Fleet!
For some years now, the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships have been annually held in May on the Solent using the yachts provided by Sunsail. All the yachts being used are Sunsail 'F40' Class. The great value has been that, in principle all the boats are the same, thus avoiding handicap racing. This makes for excellent competition.
On the evening before the competition gets under way, the draw is made to allocate each yacht to a given team for the week's racing. Hopefully, we will receive the result of that draw and this should provide a clue as to which team is sailing which Sunsail numbered boat.
For those of you used to salt-water sailing on the Solent, the website www.ship-tracking.co.uk will be well known. Given the details of which team has been allocated to which Sunsail yacht, the sample illustration above gives you an indication how some of the racing might be followed live. Although the website won't show the course, it should be possible to gain some inkling of how teams are doing, particularly if the Race Officer manages to include a 'Round the Island' race.
A short-cut direct to the Solent sailing area is as follows: http://www.ship-tracking.co.uk/AIS Maps/solent.html .
including the Notice of Race for the Dorset Police Open Dinghy Regatta at
Poole Yacht Club on Wednesday, 2nd July are now available to view on the
Email received from Strathclyde...
North Brits 2014 - Crew needed
I have space for two crew members on one of the
boats taking part in the Regatta; if you are interested, please let me know
Email received from Cheshire... (See now below - 30/05/14)
Cheshire Police Dinghy Open Regatta 2014 - Reminder
Cheshire Dinghy Regatta
Janet has received notification that some 10 boats will be attending and confirms that the regatta will be going ahead.
After a distinct lack of activity in Spring, we're now in for a flurry of police regattas...
After the PSUK Offshore & Police Worlds held in mid-May come three dinghy regattas - Cheshire (4th June), The Met (18th June), and Dorset (2nd July). The North British Offshores are also taking place (9-14 June).
Met Police Dinghy Regatta, 18th June, 2014 - Message from the organiser:
"We are unable to offer catering facilities so competitors should bring a packed lunch.
Teas, Coffee and cold drinks will be available and there are cooking facilities if people want to bring food that needs heating up".
Dorset Police Dinghy Regatta, 2nd July, 2014 - A reminder that the first race start is planned for 10.30am. Briefing 9.30am. - Don't be late!
What a splendid day for the Dorset Open. Despite the wind being rather light for some competitors' taste, the wind chirped up in the afternoon to provide a good finale to the day.
It was good to see
some interesting variations in the boats taking part. Particularly the YW
Dayboat sailed by long-time local helm Bryan Tucker. Those who peruse the
website Stats might look at the Dorset Regatta results from 1974 - just 40
MPSC Yacht Championships 2014
Message received from the Organiser, Nick Mason:
Albacore transom pintle required
A cry for assistance from Clive Bishop..
Can any of you please identify this alloy stock
fitted to my Albacore 5823?
Update from Clive:
The matter has been resolved.
Paul 'Mucky' Meeson
Paul Meeson passed away on the 17th July in Christies Hospital, Manchester after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 34 yrs Kim and daughter Kirsty. Paul organised the Cheshire Dinghy Regatta held at Winsford Flash 2005-2007 and sailed in several the PSUK Nationals and Force regattas.
Sussex Police Open
Visitors are very welcome.
There is also a link to accommodation in the locality but in addition, A&S Sailing Section have secured the use of a field within walking distance of the Clubhouse for camper vans and camping. There are no facilities but the Clubhouse facilities are within a 2 minute walk from the site. The cost will be £5 per pitch, per night and all monies will be donated to a Charity of choice by the Landowner. Andy Butler will be the campsite supervisor and will be on site from pm Monday 8th September until pm Thursday 11th September. If you wish to use this area, please contact Andy Butler at email@example.com or call 07733-390420 to book a place. NB No dogs will be permitted at the site or at the Sailing Club.
MPSC Yacht Championships
Circulation received from the Organiser:
" The entries are now being taken for the Met Pol Yacht
Championships in October. As per my recent e-mail please ensure you have
booked your boat through Terry Hunt at Sunsail and you send your £300 entry
fee and completed entry form to my home address…………(Details in the email I
PSUK National Dinghy Sailing Championships
Urgent Update: 09/09/14 - 14:30 hrs
Tuesday's Single-handed regatta has been postponed until the following day, Wednesday, 10th September - First Race at 10.30am. Briefing at 10am. Second Race is 'back-to-back'. followed by lunch.
First Race of the PSUK Dinghy Championships will follow at 13:30 hrs. Race Two & Three will follow back-to-back.
Thursday racing (Races 4 & 5) will remain as starting at 11:00 hrs. Briefing 10:00 hrs.
A message from Chaz...
There maybe one or two of you that may recall me. I used to sail a Phantom (799) and a member of the Kent Police Sailing Team during the 70's - 90's. There are two articles on your website under Reports and Stories 'Challenge' & 'Sally Endeavour' you may have already read.
I had to sell my Phantom following a stroke during Jan 2010 and needed to continue sailing, so I took up Radio Sailing.
I own 2 RC "A" Class yachts and a 1 metre (IOM) model yacht.
An extension of the Model Yachting Association (MYA) is our Tri-Services Radio Sailing Association (TSRSA)
of which I am a member having served in the Royal Air Force 1960-73. I also served 20 years with the Kent Police 1973-94.
The TSRSA hold an annual event at Gosport MYC usually during late August - mid October. During our AGM this year it was proposed that we ask all retired and serving Police Officers, including PCSO's plus Prison Officers and members of the Ambulance Crew who are active members of RC model yacht clubs if they wish to join our merry band of service personnel.
There will be a prize for the highest placed Police Officer, Fireman and Ambulance crew member.
RC IOM's can be expensive if you were to purchase a top notch one but you can pick them up for much less...£500...?
The event is very well run and there's lots of banter. I know you all enjoy your sailing as much as I do. So why not find your local MYC and take a decko?
Photographs of 2014 National Chamionships held at Datchet Res. https://www.flickr.com/photos/116405485@N06/sets/72157646490253459/
I would be happy to answer your questions.
North British Police Sailing Championships, 2015
It is with great delight that I can announce that
the North British Police Sailing Championships will run from Monday 8th June
2015 to Friday 12th June 2015.
At the Consultative Meeting held during the event, Sussex Police announced their
formal application to host the Championships in 2015. Signs are promising for a
confirmation at the PSUK Sailing Committee's AGM being held at Thames Valley FHQ,
Derbyshire Police Sailing Section details can now be seen on the 'Contacts' page.
News from Sussex...
For many years the Sussex Police Offshore Sailing Club have produced a magazine, "The Scuttlebutt" of the Section's activities. In a pdf (dated Sept 2014) edition you will find their recent experiences involved with the Police Gurney Fund.
Also in the magazine is an item from retired Sussex sailor Alan Costello who invites you to join him in sailing at Lefkas.
Click on 'Reports & Stories' to read the article.
Now Bob Trevis has officially retired, the SPDSC helm is taken over by Rich Bates.
The Sussex Open
Dinghy Regatta 2015 will be held at Lancing SC, as usual - sometime in
August (date TBA).
The AGM of the PSUK Sailing Section took place at Thames Valley FHQ on 29th October.
It was confirmed that Sussex will be hosting the PSUK Dinghy National Championships on 8th/9th/10th September, 2015 at Bewl Valley Sailing Club which is situated on the borders of Kent & Sussex just south-east of Tunbridge Wells.
The Sussex Contact/organiser is Rich Bates.
Also at the meeting it was confirmed that Cleveland Police will host the PSUK Offshore Championships in 2015. The proposed dates are 18th - 22nd May, 2015
Discussion had taken place during the Offshore Consultative meeting last May regarding the location for the event and it was generally accepted (due to cost, format, falling numbers with the event being held in the Solent, etc) that the championships be held in Scotland in 2015. It was also proposed that Cleveland Police host the event in the Clyde Estuary and surrounding Loch areas during the above dates.
At this stage, the style and format being considered for the event will be a mixture of passage and 'round the cans' races. It is also the intention to include an overnight race on the first night.
The availability and type of charter yachts in the area dictates that the Championships would be a handicapped event using the Clyde Handicap Band 8 – 18 (to be finalised). A formula to convert from Portsmouth, IRC handicap systems is available. It is also accepted that crews may wish to bring along their own yachts, this would be perfectly acceptable so long as they have a recognised handicap that can be converted to fit into the Clyde 8 – 18 Handicap band.
Liaison with the local charter companies has taken place and they are aware of the proposed event.
The Crews and Yachts would gather over the preceding weekend at either Inverkip Marina, or Largs Marina, Renfrewshire. A ‘meet and greet’ followed by a Skipper’s briefing would take place on the afternoon/evening of Sunday 17th May 2015.
Aware that some crews would be travelling long distances it is hoped to hold the ‘dine in’ and awards ceremony on the evening of Friday 22nd May. Most charter companies have assured the organisers that yachts can be chartered for return on Saturday 23rd May. However the hosts will endeavour to move the ‘dine in’/awards to an earlier time should feedback deem that necessary.
The Organiser/Contact for the regatta is Tony Riordan - Relevant Contact details to follow on the PSUK Offshore page in due course...
At the Dinghy Consultative meeting in September, the age-old question came up regarding allowing 'blue light' personnel taking part in our PSUK regattas. With low numbers this year entering our National regattas including the PSUK recognised Met Offshores, support for these event is becoming a matter of concern. We are sending a representative to the parent PSUK council meeting shortly to be held, to seek guidance in the matter. The PSUK Sailing Section is probably not alone in facing this issue. Evidently the PSUK Women’s rugby team is submitting a bid to combine with the National Fire Service women’s rugby team. If this is passed, this will have an effect on all sports sections.
The 'new' police sailing website goes 'live'...
It shouldn't be long before further details emerge for the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships being held in May. If the Organisers have not yet been in touch with you initially, it would do no harm to let Tony Riordan know of your interest in taking part.
PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships
Latest from the organisers - "We are unable to
proceed with our event in Scotland due to the lack of available charters.
A 'Look Back' on 2014
Police Sailing continues to recover from the Olympic year and despite losing the odd regatta, there were good attendances at two police events returning to the calendar in 2014 - Cheshire and Dorset.
Still recovering from their efforts at Blithfield in 2014, West Midlands regatta which usually takes place in April, failed to materialise.
In May the PSUK Offshores are usually held on the Solent and this year the regatta incorporated the World Police Yachting Championships, hosted by the Met Police with assistance from Dorset Police Sailing Section. Sadly, numbers did not come up to scratch with just 4 of the 16 entries coming from abroad. Stuart Jenkins (Met) won the event overall with Roger Schumaker (Switzerland) the leading the 'visitor'.
In early June, with the introduction of a new sailing secretary, the Cheshire Dinghy regatta re-emerged to be supported by six Forces in the 10 boat entry at Winsford Flash. This is another very friendly sailing club on the police sailing circuit. Tony Hyland Met won the event with Cheshire's perennial entry, Dave Burrows coming second.
Also in June Strathclyde ran their annual North Brits yachting regatta. This popular event is well supported by the more 'northern' Forces including PSNI.
The following week the Met held their dinghy regatta at a new venue - Island Barn Reservoir. This is another 'raised' stretch of water which therefore managed to have some wind albeit fitful. Graham Cook (Met) came out of nowhere to win this event which attracted 11 entries.
Another fortnight later Poole Yacht Club hosted the Dorset Dinghy regatta. Always a splendid venue the event attracted 14 entries from as far away as Leicestershire. The event provided a win for Simon Hawkes sailing a Devoti D-One.
A full month followed before the Sussex Police regatta took place, again at Lancing SC. In order to make the event financially viable, the local club is invited to take part which bumped up the entries to 15. Rob Jones (Hampshire) won the event overall.
The last dinghy regatta of the year was the PSUK National Championships. Despite there being absolutely no wind on the first day at Chew Valley Lake the event was a great success with 5 races being held on Day Two followed by 2 races on Day Three. Conditions remained fairly light throughout the event and local helm Allen Marsh (A&S) won the Single-hander regatta with Rob Jones winning the 19 boat Dinghy Championships sailing a borrowed Devoti D-One.
Just six boats took part in the Met Offshores held in October. The event was won by Mason King (Met) but such numbers do not augur well for the future of this event.
With no West Midlands or Avon regatta this year the police sailing calendar was somewhat light on events. 2015 should see an improvement.
No dates are yet set for next year
except for the North Brits, 8-12th June and the PSUK Dinghy Champs being
hosted by Sussex Police at Bewl Valley SC on 8/9/10 September, 2015.
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