UK National Police Offshore Sailing Championships
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The PSUK National Offshore Sailing Championships, 2018



The PSUK National Offshore Sailing Championships 2018

Sunday 23rd to Friday 28th September 2018

The Solent

Racing organised by the Island Sailing Club, Cowes

1.                      RULES

1.1.                The Regatta will be governed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Racing Rules of Sailing 2017–2020, 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 NCA.

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

2.4.                As the number of boats available to charter is limited, entries will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis determined by payment of the charter deposit. The completed entry form and entry fee is to be completed by the 31st July 2018.

3.                      ENTRY

3.1.                The entry fee for the 2018 Regatta is £550 per crew. The entry fee will include race fees, social functions on Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings (subject to sufficient entries) and prizes.

3.2.                The entry fee and payment must be received by 31st July 2018. 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)

3.3.                The completed entry form should be either posted to Ian Goodman, PO Box 8000, London SE11 5EN or emailed to the regatta office on

4.                      SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

4.1.                The Sailing Instructions will be 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 on Monday 24th September.

6.2.                Registration and yacht allocation will take place at Fairview Sailing, Port Hamble from 17:00 on Sunday 23th September 2018.

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 office for a fixed period at an agreed price of £1499.00, which includes fuel, berthing, and racing insurance. Wet weather gear is also available to hire from Fairview. Skippers are to contact Fairview Sailing directly and refer to the NCA Regatta when chartering their yacht.

8.                      SCORING AND DISCARDS

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

8.2.                3 races are required to be completed to constitute a series.

8.3.                When 4 or fewer races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.

8.4.                If 5 or more races are completed, each boat’s series score shall be the total of all its scores less its worst score.

8.5.                RRS 44.1 shall apply.

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 Official Notice Board inside the Lower Marquee of the Island Sailing Club, and on the Island Sailing Club’s website:

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 2017-2020) 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 4: Decision to Race.

13.2.           Rule 4 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 £2,000,000 sterling against third party claims. This may be provided under individual charter agreements with Fairview Sailing.

13.3.           The organising committee, the organising agencies and their Boards, the Island Sailing Club and Fairview Sailing Ltd are providing this series only on the understanding that the committee, the agencies, the Club, and Fairview Sailing Ltd and their representatives 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.









23rd Sept

Welcome, registration and yacht allocation


0230 4.6m

1455 4.6m

Social: hot buffet at Port Hamble



24th Sept

Practice session


0309 4.5m

1430 4.5m

Practice race


Skipper’s briefing


Social: curry at ISC



25th Sept

RACE 1 – Inshore race


0345 4.3m

1603 4.3m

RACE 2 – Inshore race

ASAP after finish of Race 1

RACE 3 – Inshore race

ASAP after finish of Race 2


26th Sept

RACE 4 – Inshore race


0423 4.1m

1642 4.1m

RACE 5 – Inshore race

ASAP after finish of Race 4

RACE 6 – Inshore race

ASAP after finish of Race 5


27th Sept

RACE 7 – Inshore race


0508 3.9m

1730 3.9m

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



28th Sept

Passage back to Hamble


0606 3.7m

1831 3.7m


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



Update 24/11/17: Circulation from the PSUK Sailing Secretary

Dear all,

We decided at the last PSUK Sailing AGM to approach the National Crime Agency to incorporate the 2018 PSUK Sailing Championships within their event.

The NCA regatta is usually run in September, this year was the 10th anniversary. The format is with it starting on a Sunday evening and finishing Friday afternoon. They understand that this can create problems with annual leave, but feel it provides a more overall enjoyable event with time for those who do not often sail to hone or learn skills through the five days.

The event uses the Hamble based Fairview boats as they have found that the Sunsail boats are a little too responsive, quick and perhaps more intimidating for some of our novice sailors.

The event is currently also restricted to law enforcement “community” therefore it fits nicely with what the PSUK general committee will support as a PSUK sponsored event.

In previous years the event also had foreign competitors join in, such as the Dutch.

They have also had interest from the American Embassy, Irish Embassy and CPS, so they are likely to be invited again next year.

The suggested format of the week is to meet in Banana Wharf in the Hamble on Sunday evening. In previous years the event has used the restaurant there to provide a hot buffet meal which is included in the price. This year they are exploring using the RAF club, also in the Hamble.

Monday morning is used for skippers to teach and crew to become familiar with each other on the water. In the afternoon they run a practice race, with usually a simple course to give people an idea of the start, mark roundings and the finish line at Cowes which we all know varies considerably with the tides and winds. The fleet normally moor in Cowes Yacht Haven for the week.

A full skippers briefing is usually then held around 5pm at the Island Sailing Club who run the Race Committee for the event and do an excellent job. Skippers are invited to view the Race box to give them an idea of the start / finish lines. The NCA have also considered allocating pairs (numbers permitting) to provide another angle and give perhaps those very new to have a chance to reach a podium for a Pairs Trophy.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the main racing days. The format is discussed at the Skippers briefing on whether to run short throughout or substitute long races. It usually depends on the weather and the view is the more races you have, the more the table changes. The longer races however are double points.

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are normally self catering social evenings where crews are encouraged to mix.

On Thursday evening is the Regatta dinner and prize giving which is held in the Island Sailing Club. This usually starts around 6.30pm for 7pm, with boats turning up in their team colours.

For those that wish to race, there is the option of a last race back to Cowes on the Friday. The committee try to get the boats back by 12 noon.

Fairview offer the event an excellent service and send a rib over each evening to Cowes to deal with any boat issues.

Overall the cost is usually about £265 per head for the week. That includes, the three meals (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), charter fees, fuel and mooring.

At present they have reserved 15 yachts with Fairview, but they can accommodate 18 for 2018

The intention is for the event to be held the 23rd to 28th September 2018 .

For more specific enquiries Chris can be contacted on mobile 07887 826637 or

Please send me your thoughts about this and indication of interest.

John Oldham
PSUK Sailing Secretary




View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships 2017.




National Offshore Championships 2016
This event will not be run in 2016 however the highest placed UK yacht from the World Police Championships will be funded to race for UK policing in 2017.

A skippers' meeting held during the 2015 International Copper’s Cup Regatta in Croatia discussed the 2016 World Police Offshore Sailing Championships. Franjo, the Coppers Cup organiser, said his committee were willing to hold the event. A skippers vote confirmed that the preference was for the Croatia venue.

See the 14th Police World Sailing Championships, 2016 for the results.



View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships 2015.



View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore & Police World Sailing Championships 2014.



View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships 2013.



View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships 2012.



View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships 2011.



View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships 2010.

View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships 2009.

View the report and results of the PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships 2008.


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National Offshore regatta results only can also be viewed via the 'Stats' Section