Police Sport UK Offshore Sailing
A report from Nick Mason on the
This year the PSUK Sailing Championships were incorporated into the
National Crime Agency Regatta from 23rd to 27th September and hosted by
the Island Sailing Club at Cowes.
18 boats competed in the event of which 7 from the MPS, Leicestershire,
Hampshire, Cleveland, Cambridge , Devon & Cornwall and Sussex
Constabularies were eligible for the PSUK Championship.
The competitors were based at West Cowes Marina on the Isle of Wight and
sailed a matched fleet of Oceanis 37’ yachts chartered from Fairview
Marina on the Hamble River.
A practice race was scheduled for the Monday but strong winds put paid
to that. A further 8 races were scheduled for the week and the event
actually got off to a start on the Tuesday with 2 races in strong winds
and rain. The MPSC team achieved a 3rd and 1st place.
Dark skies for the Racing Fleet
The Wednesday morning bought more high winds with 2 races scheduled. The
Race Committee did well to get one race in but due to the wind
conditions the second race of the day was abandoned with the MPSC crew
finishing in 4th place in the only race of the day.
The highlight of the Wednesday evening was a different form of sailing.
Neil Peters (aka ‘Stick Daring’), a friend of the MPSC Skipper Nick
Mason arrived in Cowes late in the evening on his 14’ Laser Sailing
Dinghy, an ex-Ministry of Defence boat. Neil was 2 days from home
following a circum-navigation of the United Kingdom, an immense feat
given the size of his boat and the severe weather conditions everyone
had been experiencing.
Neil Peters on his Laser Dinghy
The Thursday morning bought further dreadful conditions with high winds
and driving rain. Three races were scheduled for the day but again,
because of the conditions, only one race was achieved with the MPSC boat
finishing in 7th place.
Given the conditions, there was no racing on the Friday so the final
standings were as follows:-
Those yachts highlighted in blue
denote competitors in this year's PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships
For 2020 Nick Mason's team are looking forward to
supporting The Police World Sailing Championships based in Croatia - an
event they have won previously.