Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

23/3/19: Circulation received on behalf of the D&C Sailing Section Vice-Commodore..

D&C Police Sailing Championships

Saturday, 18th May, 2019

You are cordially invited to take part in this year’s regatta / Force Championship to be hosted by Brixham Yacht Club (BYC) on Saturday, 18th May, 2019.

For the last 2 years BYC have been able to provide 17 yachts for sailors of all levels of experience to partake in mixed fleet racing and it has been decided at the EGM in December that we would return and build on the success of this event.

From skippering your own small yacht to crewing on a 40ft cruiser, last year we were able to get approximately 50 sailors ranging from little or no previous experience to Yacht masters out on the water for what was a fantastic day of competitive racing. There are also options for those not wishing to race to have a day cruising Torbay or help out on the committee boat for the day.

As per usual this is a mixed fleet event with boats of varying size and speed so a handicap system will be in place. The race officer and safety boats will be supplied by BYC.

We are able to offer the day with no charter fees purely due to the good will of the boat owners. For insurance purposes the owner or their representative will need to be on board.

This is an event for officers and staff (Subject to conditions below) of all levels of sailing experience and we would like to see as many people as possible enjoying the day. Please feel free to pass these details to your colleagues as we can probably accept up to and around 70 entries.

Schedule as follows:

0900 Assemble at BYC- Bacon rolls and Coffee will be available to purchase
0915 AGM for D&C sailing section
0945 Skippers briefing/ boat allocation
1015 Join your boat/ familiarisation
1200 First race followed by 3 further races if time allows.
1630 Racing concludes
1730 Assemble in BYC Bar (Best location and views in Torbay)
1830 Dinner
1900 Prize giving

We are looking to improve on last year which was a very sociable affair with music in the bar and ended up with a large number of competitors having a very late night out in Brixham. (There are plenty of B&B options available locally if required.)

There is also free berthing for visiting boats.

Entrance fee is;
£25 per person for (D&C) FSA members who have joined the Sailing Section
£35 per head for non-members
Payable in advance.

The fee includes the race entry and an evening meal. Payment by cheque, cash or bank transfer to D&C Sailing Association.

If you are entering this event please confirm by email to

Internal post entries and cheques can be sent to:

Det Sgt Ian Tomlinson
Teignmouth Police Station

Further instructions will be sent to entrants nearer the time.

For police officers and staff of Devon & Cornwall Police only:
Membership of the D&C Sailing Section opens up access to a range of organised events including PSUK National events, Regattas in Croatia (Coppers Cup) Ionian Regatta, Cross Channel Charters, as well as Dinghy sailing. You also get access to RYA sail training courses at heavily reduced costs at the Royal Navy Sail training centre in Plymouth.

The event is subsidised for subscribing members of the D&C Force Sports Association. Membership only cost £3.50 per month and allows you access to many sporting and fitness facilities. Details of how to join the FSA can be found via contacts shown below.

You will also be asked to join the Force Sailing Section for a one-off fee of £20 for life membership, details can be obtained via the Force intranet.

For FSA members the price for the day is £25. However for non-members it will be £35. That obviously includes a curry and a beer afterwards.

For further information please contact any of the following: (Vice Commodore) (Treasurer) (Secretary)

See you on the water!

Ian Tomlinson
External: 01626 326636
Mobile: 07585984243




October, 2018
Ian Tomlinson becomes the Sailing Secretary and Rob Savage, Vice Commodore- see 'Contacts' page for detail




Devon and Cornwall Police Sailing Section Force Regatta 2017
 on Saturday, 30th September at Brixham YC

Update: awaits...

Jonathan Bancroft
07585 984250



Wednesday, 5th October, 2005
Venue:  Royal Navy Royal Marines Sailing Centre
for the Camber in Plymouth.

These were held on Wednesday 5th October 2005, The venue was the Royal Navy Royal Marines Sailing Centre for the Camber in Plymouth.

The Race Officer was Clive COLLIER assisted by Jacque LEE-HANSEN of Plymouth BCU. The day was warm and sunny; winds force 2 – 3 from the NorthEast. Also assisting the committee was Scott Ranft, Simon Beare, Dai Noon and Mark Helyer, the safety boat team.

Once again Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Force Dinghy Championships was centred on the Royal Navy Royal Marines Sail Training Centre for the fifth year, a fleet of Bosun dinghies all one design were made available to the competitors to take part in the challenge. The morning started warm and dry, sea smooth and no wind. Things weren’t looking too good. However the competitors arrived, the equipment was ready to go and all we were looking for was a little bit of wind.

At about 10.30 the scheduled time for the first race, the wind started to fill from the NorthEast. At this point the boats took to the water after a briefing from the Race Officer Clive COLLIER, and made their way to the start line off Millbay Docks. With the boats jostling for position on the start, the gun was fired and the fleet made their way to the first mark which was a buoy at North West Drakes Island to be followed by a port hand rounding to a wing mark off Drakes Island to return to the line.

Liam & Sue McGrathWith the tide ebbing throughout the race, the tactics were interesting in such light winds. The winners of race 1 were Liam & Sue McGrath, in second place Bob Bennell and Chris Rooney, and in third, John Carter and Scott Rothney.

Race two had a similar course to race one, the wind having infilled a little bit more raising to force 3, the same course, raced over two rounds. Several misdemeanours and mishaps were evidenced in this race which were the subject of special notes at the eventual prizegiving but the eventual winners of race two were Liam and Sue McGrath, second Chris Batten and Pete Bennet, and third Matt Boyling and Simon Roberts.

Due to the continued light winds, after race two the boats returned to the Camber for Lunch, all having to pass under the bow lines of the PONT AVEON, moored in Milbay docks.

Race 3 and 4 both started after lunch, a change in course and tide did nothing to interupt the winning crew of Liam and Sue McGrath, who took line honours again in both races, it was a battle for second and thhird spots which would determine the overall positions.

In race 3, second were Becky Le Cheminant, and Ollie Le Cheminant, and third Dave Pickles and Roger Hocking. Race 4 second were Dave Pickles and Roger Hocking, and third, Russ and Katy Mogridge.

That concluded the racing for the day. Competitors came ashore, tidied up their kits and gathered for the prizegiving.

An interesting situation with the points overall. One race was discarded so it was the best of three races to count, the clear winners being Liam and Sue McGrath of HQ, second overall, Dave Pickles and Roger Hocking, Plymouth BCU, and Third overall, Bob Bennell and Chris Rooney, Plymouth BCU.

Thanks are expressed to the Royal Navy Royal Marines Sail Training Centre again for the use of their fantastic facilities by Devon & Cornwall Constabulary staff. The prizegiving was conducted by race officer as Mr Ray LAWRY was unfortunately not available due to a D & C offshore sailing team taking part in the Metropolitan Police Offshore sailing Championships, with dates clashing.




Final Position

Liam McGrath

Sue McGrath



Dave Pickles

Roger Hocking



Bob Bennell

Chris Rooney



Chris Batten

Chris Bennett



Becky Le Cheminant

Ollie Le Cheminant



Dave Forty

Steve Panter



Paul Clarke

Malcolm Hitchins



Russ Mogridge

Katy Mogridge



John Carter

Scott Rothney



Matt Boyling

Simon Roberts



Martin Orpe

Paul Higgs



Jay Dorman

Steve White



Harry Burrell

Steve Foale



Stuart Ellis

Dave Apps



The season has now drawn to a close for 2005 with planning well in hand for the season 2006.

Anyone wishing to join the section please contact DC 3679 Julie TURNER of Plymouth BCU.

Devon & Cornwall Constabulary
Sailing Section

Details of previous D&C regattas