Coppers' Cup 2015

The first International Copper’s Cup Regatta was organised by a group of Interpol sailing enthusiasts from Holland in 1989 when they invited employees from European law enforcement authorities to take part.
From those small beginnings the bi-annual event held on the Ijsselmeer, Netherlands each year, has gone from strength to strength attracting over twenty four crews sailing Bavaria yachts of varying lengths in handicap racing.
Investigation Team. Below is his account of Dorset's participation in this years event.

Copper’s Cup moves to Croatia.

At the 2013 regatta it was announced that the Netherlands would step down as organisers and Franjo, a member of the Slovenian team, volunteered to host the 2015 regatta in Croatia on the Adriatic.

On the 19th September 2015 twenty four crews arrived at Marina Hramina, Murter Island, Croatia ready to compete at the new venue. The charter of Bavaria 46 footers had been arranged for the weeks racing. There were teams from Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Norway, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, PSNI, Garda Siochana, UK Waterguard, Lancashire and Dorset.



Six races were held during the week, some longer races around several of the numerous islands and some windward leeward courses. Racing was well organised with good windward starting legs, a high speed rib was on hand to position and move inflatable marks. A lay day gave crews the opportunity to explore further afield when participants took their yachts to a distant island for an overnight stay and a meal at a restaurant on the island. Onshore social events and meals were arranged for several of the evenings during the week allowing crews to socialise.



Andy Welch at the helm of the Dorset yacht


At the end of the regatta one of the Swedish teams were the winners and the runners-up were one of the Netherlands teams. The Slovenian organising committee made an excellent job of their first Coppers Cup and are all set to hold the next one in 2017.


The Dorset Police team L to R:
Stuart Regler, Andy Welch, Bryan Tucker, Malcolm Palmer, Tim Whittle and Paul Smith.


A skippers' meeting held during the week discussed the 2016 World Police Offshore Sailing Championships. Germany stated they were willing to stage the event but warned it would have to be at a colder time of year outside the expensive charter summer months. 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. (Keep an eye out on this website for details, Franjo is arranging for the charter of twenty Beneteau First 35’s with spinnakers and the proposed date is 10th to 17th September, 2016.

Bryan Tucker
Dorset

The Dorset Team
Bryan Tucker - Skipper
Andy Welch - Helm
Malcolm Palmer - Tactician / mainsheet
Stuart Regler - Genoa trimmer
Paul Smith     - ditto -
Tim Whittle   - ditto -

Overall Results

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 24, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank BowNumber HelmName Team   Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st 18 Palle Lundborg Vikings SWE 1.0 1.0 (7.0) 3.0 3.0 15.0 8.0
2nd 1 Tom Sikkens Amsterdam NED 2.0 10.0 1.0 2.0 (11.0) 26.0 15.0
3rd 21 Bjorn Eirik Olsen Wish NOR 13.0 (20.0) 2.0 1.0 1.0 37.0 17.0
4th 24 Mitja Vehovec SPSTeam   SLO 3.0 2.0 10.0 (16.0) 2.0 33.0 17.0
5th 11 Roger Schumacher Luzerne Police SUI (9.0) 5.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 30.0 21.0
6th 12 Philip Quinn PSNI 1 IRL 5.0 6.0 3.0 9.0 (10.0) 33.0 23.0
7th 23 Macera Salvatore Skipper in Black ITA 6.0 (18.0) 6.0 7.0 4.0 41.0 23.0
8th 20 Garry Bowers Waterguard GBR 4.0 9.0 5.0 11.0 (15.0) 44.0 29.0
9th 4 Bert Jan van Ekris De Eerste Slag NED 8.0 3.0 9.0 10.0 (14.0) 44.0 30.0
10th 7 Leendert Borstlap Flying Dutchman NED 10.0 (11.0) 8.0 5.0 9.0 43.0 32.0
11th 13 David Anderson PSNI 2 IRL (23.0) 7.0 11.0 12.0 6.0 59.0 36.0
12th 19 Ove Lundgren Volvo SWE 7.0 4.0 (21.0) 13.0 13.0 58.0 37.0
13th 10 Rolf Hunds Landrats GER 16.0 12.0 13.0 (18.0) 5.0 64.0 46.0
14th 6   Düsel-Duck-Police GER 15.0 (21.0) 12.0 6.0 18.0 72.0 51.0
15th 5 Bryan Tucker Dorset GBR (21.0) 15.0 17.0 19.0 7.0 79.0 58.0
16th 16 Rolf Lange Schleswig-Holstein GER 17.0 8.0 (19.0) 14.0 19.0 77.0 58.0
17th 25 Pat Lordan An Garda Siochana IRL 18.0 17.0 18.0 8.0 (21.0) 82.0 61.0
18th 8 Dave Hayes Lancon GBR 12.0 (19.0) 15.0 17.0 17.0 80.0 61.0
19th 15 Garth Henry 30 DONE IRL 14.0 13.0 20.0 (21.0) 16.0 84.0 63.0
20th 17 James Thorogood The Griffins GBR 11.0 16.0 22.0 16.6 RDG (24.0) 89.6 65.6
21st 3 Inge Solberg A-Tec NOR 20.0 (23.0) 14.0 15.0 22.0 94.0 71.0
22nd 27 Jose Manuel Castro Garcia Piko Norte ESP 22.0 24.0 16.0 (25.0 dsq) 12.0 99.0 74.0
23rd 22 Guy Hornbeck Europol EU 19.0 14.0 (23.0) 20.0 23.0 99.0 76.0
24th 26 Justin Shave - Paul Stripp Hong Kong HKG 24.0 22.0 (25.0 dsq) 22.0 20.0 113.0 88.0

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Pictures from this year's regatta can be downloaded from:-  http://we.tl/l3ryPQnRQC

! The pictures (plus an mp4 movie file) are in a zipfile - containing over 3Gb of data - you'll need fast broadband - but well worth viewing.