National Crime Agency Regattas


Incorporating the PSUK Offshore championships

Sunday 19th to Friday 24th September, 2021

The Solent

Racing organised by the Island Sailing Club, Cowes


1.                 RULES

1.1.       The Event will be governed by World Sailing (Previously ISAF) Racing Rules

of Sailing 2021–2024, this Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions. In the event of conflict the Sailing Instructions shall prevail.

1.2.       The Organising Authority is the Island Sailing Club. The Organising

Committee is comprised of officers of the Griffin Sailing Club.

1.3.       Competitors will be expected to comply with any current Covid

rules/guidance in force at the time of the event.

2.                   ELIGIBILITY

2.1.       The Regatta is for NCA crews and, on an invitational basis at the discretion

of the organising committee, to invite individual agencies working in the broad law enforcement community to enter a crew.

2.2.       The crew’s complement will predominantly consist of staff currently

employed by or retired from the agency they represent. Each crew, including the skipper, will have a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8, although this may be lifted at the Committee’s absolute discretion. All crew members must adhere to the rules and regulations of the sailing club/association of the agency they represent.

2.3.       Mixed crews are permitted providing all crew members comply with eligibility

criteria 2.1 & 2.2

3.          ENTRY

3.1.        As the number of boats available to charter is limited and to ensure a fair

allocation to all participating agencies, entries will be allocated by the Griffin Regatta Committee. Initial Expression Of Interest to enter the regatta should be sent by email to by 2nd April 2021. Skippers will be contacted by the Griffin Regatta Committee with confirmation of entry on or before 16th April and Fairview Sailing will be informed of skipper allocation. Charter of the yacht will be between Fairview Sailing and the skipper.

3.2.        The entry fee for the 2021 Regatta is £570 per crew. The entry fee will

include race fees and social functions on Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings (subject to sufficient entries) and prizes.

3.3.        The entry fee and payment must be received by 30th June 2021. Payment

can either be:

·       By cheque made out to ‘SSSC Sailing’ and sent to Ian Goodman, PO Box 8000, London SE11 5EN; or

·       By bank transfer to ‘SSSC Sailing’, Account No: 72034697, Sort Code: 40-07-13. ref Reg (skippers name)

3.4.        The completed entry form should be either posted to Ian Goodman, PO Box

8000, London SE11 5EN or emailed to the regatta office on

3.5.        The Griffin Regatta Committee reserve the right to cancel the entry of any

skipper who’s entry fee is not received by 30th June 2021 and reallocate the entry to any skipper on the reserve list regardless of any charter fees that may have been paid to Fairview Sailing.


4.1. The Sailing Instructions will be sent out by the regatta committee to the skippers of participating crews and will be available on the Island Sailing Club website prior to the event.

5.                 RACING AREA

5.1.        Racing will be conducted in the Solent, extending west to the Needles and

Christchurch Bay, and to the east to the Nab Tower and Hayling Bay. Competitors will ensure they carry accurate charts or other suitable navigation equipment for this area.

5.2.        All yachts shall berth at Cowes Yacht Haven from Monday evening to Friday

morning. A group booking has been made and the cost included in the charter fee.

6.                 PROGRAMME

6.1.        The provisional regatta programme is attached as Annex A. This may be

changed via consultation with skippers either before the event or at the skippers briefing with the race officer on Monday 20th September 2021.

6.2.        Registration and yacht allocation will take place at Fairview Sailing, Port

Hamble from 17:00 on Sunday 19th September 2021

6.3.        All racing will be dependent on weather and tide conditions at the time of the

regatta. The organising committee and the Island Sailing Club reserve the right to reschedule, alter or cancel races should conditions dictate this to be appropriate.

7.                 CLASS

7.1.        This is a one design, single fleet regatta. All crews will compete in Beneteau

37s chartered from Fairview Sailing in Port Hamble. A number of yachts have been reserved by the regatta committee for a fixed period at an agreed price of £1699.00, which includes berthing, racing insurance, cruising chute and regatta maintenance support from Fairview. Wet weather gear is also available to hire from Fairview. Once entry has been accepted and confirmed by the Griffin Regatta Committee, skippers are to contact Fairview Sailing directly and refer to the Griffin Regatta when chartering their yacht.

7.2.        Allocation of Yachts to skippers for the regatta will be by random allocation

by Fairview Sailing. Specific request for yacht allocation by skippers to Fairview is not permitted.


8.                 SCORING AND DISCARDS

8.1.       Scoring will use the Low Points System as described in RRS Appendix A

8.2.       Maximum of 9 races are scheduled

8.3.       3 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.

8.4.       When 4 or fewer races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be

the total of her race scores.

8.5.       If 5 or more races are completed, each boat’s series score shall be the total

of all its scores less its worst score.

9.                 COMMUNICATION

9.1.       Prior to the regatta, information will be emailed to competitors via the

skipper’s registered email address.

9.2. During the regatta, Notices to Competitors will be displayed on the online Official Notice Board:

9.3.       During racing, and for course information, communication with competitors

will be made on VHF Channel 37A (M). Prior to the starting signals, course information will be communicated by mobile text message to one UK mobile phone number per boat, provided on the entry form.

10.              PRIZES

10.1.     Prizes shall be awarded for first, second and third placed crews. Further

prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the committee.

11.              RYA CHARTER

11.1.     Competitors should note that the Island Sailing Club has implemented the

RYA Racing Charter and that, when entering, competitors will be required to undertake to sail in compliance with the Charter, which can be found at the front of the RYA rule book (Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024) or at


12.1. The Committee and Members of the Island Sailing Club hope that skippers, crews and families of competing yachts will consider themselves temporary members of the ISC for the duration of the event and make full use of the Club’s facilities.

13.              RISK STATEMENT

13.1.      Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk, and are

reminded of RSS Rule 3: Decision to Race.

13.2.      Rule 3 of the Racing Rules of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s

decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.” Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

(a)      They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves, their crew and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

(b)      They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their crew, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

(c)       They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

(d)      Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

(e)      The provision of a race management team, patrol boats and other officials and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

(f)        The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;

(g)      It is their responsibility to familiarise themselves with any risks specific to this venue or this event drawn to their attention in any rules and information produced for the venue or event and to attend any safety briefing held for the event; and

(h)      Their boat is adequately insured, with cover of at least £3,000,000 sterling against third party claims. This may be provided under individual charter agreements with Fairview Sailing.

13.3.     The regatta committee, the organising agencies and their Boards, the Island

Sailing Club and Fairview Sailing Ltd are providing this series only on the understanding that they bear no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or inconvenience to yachts, equipment or persons howsoever arising directly or indirectly from the rules, policies, courses or ruling during the Regatta and its related activities. The skippers of participating yachts must ensure that their crew are made aware of these conditions.







19th Sept

Welcome, registration and yacht allocation

Skippers briefing



1131                4.6m

Social: hot buffet at Port Hamble


20th Sept

Yacht handover & Practice session

08:00 - 12:00

1205                4.7m

RACE 1 - Passage race


Skipper’s briefing ISC


Social: curry at ISC


21st Sept

RACE 2 Inshore race


1238                4.7m

RACE 3 Inshore race

ASAP after finish
of Race 2

RACE 4 Inshore race

ASAP after finish
of Race 3

Wednesday 22nd Sept

RACE 5 Inshore race


1315                4.7m

RACE 6 Inshore long race

ASAP after finish
of Race 5

23rd Sept

RACE 7 Inshore race


1353                4.7m

RACE 8 Inshore race

ASAP after finish
of Race 7

RACE 9 Inshore race

ASAP after finish
of Race 8

Social: Prize-giving dinner at ISC


24th Sept

Passage back to Hamble


1428                4.6m





For further information contact the Organiser, Ian Goodman
or via the Regatta Office on




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Details from the NCA Invitational Regatta 2019.




Details from the NCA Invitational Regatta 2018.