Police Sport UK Sailing Section Meetings held during 2018


Police Sport UK Sailing Section AGM 2018


The AGM of the Police Sport UK Sailing Section took place on Friday 9th November 2018 based at NPCC HQ., Victoria Street by way of a telephone conference.

Forces taking part included Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Sussex, Northamptonshire, PSNI and the Metropolitan Police.

The Section’s Elected Officers remain the same as previously with John Oldham (Met) as secretary. The chair post will be carried over to DAC Matt Twist (Met) in the New Year.

The Treasurer’s Report for the sailing season 2018 was provided by Nick Shaw.

Expenditures included:

RYA affiliation

Web fees

An award for the Offshore winner in 2017 to represent PSUK during the 2018 season.

The PSUK Offshore championship 2018 took place as a combined event with the NCA's annual regatta. The event was run at a loss and an award will now go to the organisers to compensate for the loss.

Dinghy championship organisers 2018 (Hampshire) made no claim for financial support

The award for the winner of the Dinghy Nationals 2017 to represent PSUK during the 2018 season was not awarded this year.

The report indicated a small closing balance.

National Dinghy Championships 2018
In the absence of a report from Hampshire, the secretary described the two-day event held at Netley Sailing Club.

The courses were all triangle-sausage type courses and the racing well run by the sailing club. Turn out was low however.

The event was won by Frances Gifford.

There was an informal consultative meeting and it was tentatively agreed for Avon and Somerset to run the event next year at Chew Valley Lake.

Other Dinghy Events held in 2018
Besides the PSUK Championships, there was only one other dinghy event held – the Avon & Somerset Constabulary Open Police Regatta

Held on the 7th June 2018 with eleven competitors. The event comprised mainly of Avon and Somerset boats with only two (Hants and Met) visiting sailors. The event was won by David Thompson (Met)

National Offshore Championships 2018.
The event, considered a success with an oversubscribed fleet of boats from Fairview. Racing, took place in the Solent and managed through the Island Sailing Club. The meals and social were also based at the ISC. Competitors enjoyed the relaxed racing style. The only disappointment was the light winds. Andrew Buchanan won the PSUK shield.

Other Offshore Events held 2018
Besides the combined NCA/PSUK Offshore Championships, there were no other offshore regattas held.

British Police Representation 2018
Reports from the teams representing the police sailing nationally both in offshore and dinghy events:

a. Dinghy – not awarded this year

b. Offshore - report from Nick Mason (Met). – World Police Sailing Championships in Croatia. See Report on website.

PSUK National Dinghy Championship 2019
Avon and Somerset have been approached to run the event at Chew Valley – (Subsequent to the meeting, a proposal from Avon is for the 12/13 June 2019 – see website for further details in due course)

PSUK Offshore Championships 2019
The NCA will run the Police offshore event within their championships as per this year.

Awards of Excellence 2019
Fran Gifford fits the criteria by having won three consecutive PSUK championships. An application will be presented to the PSUK committee for consideration.

Proposed budget and expenditure for 2019
RYA affiliation
Web fees
2019 Offshore championship organisers
2019 Dinghies championship organisers

PSNI drew attention to the Royal Cork Championships in 2020 as a possible event police forces might be interested in.

The Coppers Cup will again be in Croatia around the 23rd Sept and Dick Sivers will post details on the website once he gets them from Franjo the organiser. Note this will clash with the NCA offshore event.

Date of Next Meeting – Date awaits, but planned for October 2019 in London


Formal minutes of the meeting can be obtained on request to admin@policesailing.uk