Dorset Police Sailing Section
Despite there being some notable absences, 15 boats was a slight increase on the entries of recent years. The reliable and meticulous John Yonwin was again our Race Officer. He was confronted with wind variations throughout the day for the three races completed using 'Olympic' courses - triangle/sausage. The regatta also experienced a new class for police sailing - the K1, a single-hander with a jib and a keel heavier than the dinghy; the likelihood of capsizing therefore being somewhat remote.
Race One. Not an easy start to the day for the Race Officer with the wind veering 110˚ during the countdown. After a re-start, boats got away in light and variable wind. The light conditions were not likely to suit all, particularly the Blaze, the RS400 and the Osprey. However, Hawkes in the K1 found conditions acceptable and with his usual skill kept in sight of faster rated boats to win on corrected time. Alistair & Moira Glen in their Merlin Rocket were second, just 4 seconds behind and Nick Mason with his new Phantom, third. With a welcomed return to police regattas David Thomson came an excellent fourth in conditions which hardly suited the Laser.
Race Two was held back-to-back. The wind strengthened and this time the Glens got well ahead pursued by Ian Ingram in the RS400 and the Gillespies' Osprey. Behind them came Mason and Hawkes. Andy Williams in the Blaze found conditions much more favourable and Thomson was again the leading Laser. The race was won by Glen with the K1 second and Mason, third. With the increase in wind, the odd capsize was liable to occur and the Fireball managed to stir up the bottom of the harbour, losing their burgee in the process.
Race Three after lunch. The odd dark cloud came over making for changes in wind strength. Ian Ingram with crew Marie Bond got to grips with the conditions in their RS400 and gave the Merlin a good run for their money. The conditions created further capsizes with Thomson surprised to find himself standing up in water at almost waist height and for others it was crucial to quickly recover and avoid sticking the mast in the mud. Mason produced his best result of the day to win the race on corrected time with Hawkes second and the Merlin third.
It had been an enjoyable day's sailing, not least due to the once again, wonderful service provided by Poole Yacht Club. For once, the three races had been won by three different helms. There had been new faces on the police sailing scene and one hopes that they will continue to support police regattas. All in all, another successful regatta held by Dorset Police and we look forward to their hosting the PSUK Dinghy Championships in 2013.
Organiser: Rob Gillespie, Dorset Police Sailing
"The Dorset Trophy"
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Dorset Police Sailing Section hosted the
Police Sport UK National Dinghy & Laser Championships in 2007
13/14/15 June, 2007 at Poole Y.C.
This event replaced Dorset Police' Annual Dinghy Regatta
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Dorset hosted the PAA National Police Offshore Championships in May, 2002. A report, results and pictures can be viewed on the National Police Offshore Championships page.