Records and Statistics

This section is based mainly on the statistics of Police Regattas
recorded over many years by Len Gooch.

Police National Dinghy Sailing Championships
During the 70's a number of forces were running their own regattas and inviting other forces to take part. Requests were made to the Police Athletic Association to have sailing recognised as a PAA event.

A main criteria for recognition was reliant on the number of forces nationally who were prepared to support sailing. In 1973/74, the Metropolitan Police held two National Dinghy Competitions to prove that sailing justified PAA recognition and the first PAA competition was held at Hayling Island in 1975 followed by the 1st PAA National Championship at Sunderland in 1976.

The Championship is a handicap event for most classes of mono-hulled dinghy and open to serving and retired Police personnel.

Police National Laser & Single-handed Championships

including the previously named Police National Laser Championship
By the end of the 70's, it was apparent that the largest class competing in police regattas was the Laser Dinghy. In 1979 the first National Laser competition was held under the banner of the British Police Laser Sailing Association.

Originally held as a separate event at the end of the sailing year, the Laser Championship has now been incorporated to run alongside the National Dinghy Sailing Championships.

From 2013 this event becomes the 'Police National Laser & Single-handed Championship'.

National Dinghy Trophies & Previous Winners

The National Police Dinghy Championships commenced in the mid 70's. Over the following years a number of trophies have been donated to the competition by various Forces.

Police National Offshore Sailing Championships
Little of the previous history of the National Police Offshore Regattas is known

National Offshore Trophies & Previous Winners
Over the following years a number of trophies have been donated to the competition by various Forces.


Hampshire Police Regattas Known records start in 1973. This annual regatta has lapsed in recent years.
Dorset Police Dinghy Regattas The Dorset regatta has once more been established on the Police Sailing calendar.
Metropolitan Police Offshore Regattas
Metropolitan Police Dinghy Regattas The Metropolitan Police Sailing Club has been a leading light in promoting Police Sailing for many years. They were responsible for running the early national police regattas prior to the sport being recognised by the Police Athletic Association.
Northamptonshire Police
Open Regattas
The Northants Police Sailing Section started in the mid-70's and their first regatta took place at the Middle Nene Sailing Club, Thrapston. The occasion was marked by a picture on the front of the 'Police Review'.
The Open regattas lapsed after 1982 and the Open regattas were replaced with local Force regattas created to encourage police sailing.
In 2006 Northants once more organised an open Regatta; the first for over 20 years.
Sussex Police Regattas The Sussex Police Sailing Section has been going strong for many years.

Originally starting to hold Open Police regattas in the early 70's at Birdham, Chichester Harbour, the Sussex Regatta is currently held during the local Sea Week at Bexhill, East Sussex.

  Kent Dinghy Regattas Venues used for the Kent Regattas include Dover Harbour, Herne Bay and the River Medway.

This once popular dinghy regatta has not been held since 1993.

West Midlands Dinghy Regattas  
Avon & Somerset Regattas  
Cheshire Constabulary Regatta Cheshire has held dinghy regattas since 1991 but despite a couple of lapses in the 2000's, they continued to hold regattas at Winsford Flash.

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