Police Sport UK Sailing Section Meetings held during 2017
Minutes of the PSUK Offshore Consultative Meeting 2017.
Minutes of the PSUK Dinghy Consultative Meeting 2017.
Minutes of the PSUK Sailing Section AGM 2017.
PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships
Thursday, 15th June, 2017
PSUK Dinghy Sailing Championships
28th June 2017 10:15am - 10:40am
The meeting was held prior to the two day event commencing as the wind was light and racing was delayed. It was an opportune moment to get interested parties together and was chaired by Nick Mason (NM) from the Met (Rtd) on behalf on John Oldham (PSUK Sec) who was unable to attend due to operational reasons.
Length of event
Police Sport UK
Sailing Section AGM
Monday 2nd October 2017 10:30 am
NPCC HQ Victoria
1. Welcome - Sara Thornton – Chief Constable NPCC (Chair)
Attendance – John Oldham (Met) Secretary,
Dial In – Marie Bond ( West Mids) , Laura Davidson (Scotland), Jon Bancroft (Devon and Cornwall), David Old (Lancs), Richard Sivers ( web site) Owen Poplett (Sussex)
2. Apologies for Absence: Noel Lightfoot, Barbara Bradley, Richard Bates, Nick Mason
3. Minutes from 2016 AGM and 2017 Consultative meetings:
Minutes read and agreed by Richard Sivers and John Oldham.
All actions completed and matters raised are covered in the sections below.
4. Urgent Matters: None notified
5. Election of Officers:
Chairperson: CC Sara Thornton (NPCC)
Secretary – DCI John Oldham (Met)
Treasurer - Mr Nick Shaw (Nott’s)
All proposed and with none contested by Dick Sivers and Marie Bond
John Oldham raised the issue of a letter from Rashi Masih from the Indian Punjab police who wished to enter PSUK offshores. He requested assistance to enter the UK and assistance with a crew. He was informed that his entry into the UK was not within PSUK gift and should be negotiated through his high Commission. It was advised that he should be entering the World police sailing championships- details passed to him.
7. Treasurers Report covering 2016 / 17
Mr Nick Shaw provided and a report as follows:
The grant award from National PSUK was reduced from £3225 to £2225. Therefore, the awards made by the sailing section were reduced accordingly.
The closing bank balance at 31 Dec 2016 was £239.91
Actual expenditure 2017 was as below:
Winner dinghies 2016:
RYA affiliation (due to be paid Dec 2017)
Total expenditure: in the bank for next year.
8. National Dinghy Championships 2017 - Report By Dick Sivers
This event took place on 27th to 29th June at Stokes Bay Sailing Club. The Single-hander Day attracted just 7 boats which was below average of recent years.
The two-day Dinghy Championship attracted 16 boats; 6 of which were from one Force (Avon and Somerset). Numbers were an improvement on the previous year. Racing took place on the first of the two days but racing was abandoned on the second day due to no wind. The series of races was therefore not completed and for the first time in the history of the event, there was no result declared.
In all, 6 Forces were represented in the championships,
9. National Offshore Championships 2017.
A very successful event was held on the Clyde in Scotland by Police Scotland with organiser Laura Davidson. She was formally thanked at the meeting. I full debrief in available on the website.
10. PSUK Dinghy Events held 2017 – report by Dick Sivers
Met Police Dinghy
Open Dinghy Regatta
Avon & Somerset
Constabulary Open Police Regatta
10a PSUK Dinghy events proposed for 2018
The record of attendance at police dinghy regattas would indicate that they are becoming less likely to attract travelling competitors.
We lost another popular regatta this year – Dorset - as their secretary retired with no-one else taking up the reins. Avon & Somerset Sailing Section should continue to hold their annual regatta at Chew with Sussex and the Met being possible for 2018. At time of writing, there is no sign of any other Police dinghy regatta taking place next year.
Results of the events held & any reports received are viewable on the police sailing website.
11. PSUK National Dinghy Championship 2018
Discussion on proposed event to be hosted in 2018. The two contenders were possibly West Mids and Hampshire. Hampshire being the more available force due to West mids sailing club suffering from lack of staff. The meeting proposed that next year the championship was a two day event only incorporating all classes of dinghy.
Action: to John Oldham to ask Hampshire.
12. British Police Representation 2017
Reports from the teams representing the police sailing nationally both in offshore and dinghy events
a. Dinghy - Francis Gifford and Simon Hawks
b. Offshore Nick Mason (Met). – Coppers Cup in Croatia
Details on website.
13. PSUK Metropolitan Police Offshore Championships 2017
This event was not held in 2017
14. PSUK Offshore Championships 2018
The proposal post some discussion was to ask the NCA to join with their regatta which is normally last week in September using the Fairview fleet out of the Hamble in the Solent.
Action for John Oldham to approach the organisers.
15. Scottish Police North Brits 2018
It is unlikely that this event will be held in 2018 Laura Davidson is moving to Devon and Cornwall and no other has stepped up to organise.
16. Awards of Excellence
Action to John Oldham to discuss with PSUK as to the criteria for awarding this prize - a possible being Fran Gifford.
17. Proposed budget and expenditure for 2018
Following some discussion the following projected expenditure was agreed.
Offshore 2018 – no funds due to amalgamation with NCA
Offshore 2017 winner: to be awarded to the Met boat winning in Scotland for competing in the World Police sailing championships (Nick Mason)
Winner dinghies 2017: nil due to lack of winner.
Total projected expenditure:
Treasurer to apply for the full amount as next year’s grant but again expect it to be reduced considerably; therefore, the above figures, with the exception of the RYA grant, are not able to be confirmed until the actual grant amount is received then reduced proportionally.
18. Date of Next Meeting - Awaits but will be October 2018
Jon Bancroft stated that Devon and Cornwall ran a very successful sailing event last weekend in Brixham utilising local skippers who needed crew. He intends to develop the idea further into a bigger event. Discussion ensured and insurance issues were raised which need to be overcome.