National Crime Agency Regattas
Incorporating the PSUK Offshore championships
Sunday 20th to Friday 25th September, 2020
Racing organised by the Island Sailing Club, Cowes
Update - 03/08/20: Important Latest..
From Ian Goodman:
Griffin Regatta (PSUK Offshore Sailing Championships)
It is with regret but perhaps with some inevitability that we have taken the decision to cancel this year's Griffin Regatta/PSUK sailing championships. As you are aware we have been constantly monitoring the situation and working on changing scenarios to try and make the regatta work in the hope that the relaxing of restrictions would make it possible to put on the event . However, the RYA put out its advice on Friday for racing which stated that if people from different families had to sleep on board then it should be one person per cabin with no one sleeping in the saloon. This effectively meant that only three people could sleep on board with the rest of the crew sleeping ashore. Whilst some crews do choose to sleep ashore anyway, most sleep aboard so we considered this to be unviable for most crews.
This of course was not withstanding other restrictions on the social side of the regatta and the potential for reintroduction of national restrictions or local lockdowns being imposed. The committee felt that it was unrealistic to ask skippers and crew to outlay deposits and payments to charter yachts in such an uncertain climate. We are aware that this is advice rather than rules and that some skippers have crew that are happy to make their own decisions and come sailing anyway. However the reality is that we are all from government departments and to be seen to be ignoring government advice to take part in the regatta may not pass the 'Daily Mail test' (I hate that phrase but you know what I mean). We also considered postponing the event to a date later in the year or early 2021 but other regattas are doing the same so availability is limited and with the current level of uncertainty it was felt best to make a clear decision to cancel and look to next year's event. (Sods law, the weather will probably be perfect racing conditions all week!)
Fairview have been very understanding and supportive of the decision to cancel. Should anyone wish to do a personal charter for the same period Sunday - Thursday, they have offered a charter price of £1100. It is a matter for the skipper as to who is on board. Please contact Fairview directly if you are interested.
We will now turn our attention to the 2021 Griffin Regatta which will again be the end of September 19-24 or 26-1 Oct TBC.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and support over this period and I am sorry we are not able to run the regatta this year but I am sure you understand the reasoning. I hope you manage to get some sailing in this year and I look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 regatta.
Update - 16/06/20:
From Ian Goodman:
It's been over two months since the last Regatta update and in early April we thought or hoped that by September things would be back to normal and the Regatta would go ahead as planned. However, we are now in mid-June and the situation is still not clear enough to know whether it will be possible to hold the Regatta or not but I thought it was probably time to get in touch and update you as to where we are.
As you are aware, restrictions are slowly lifting and it is now possible to sail with family and charters are taking place, albeit not many. Most marinas are still shut to visitors or have very restricted facilities. We await further news over the coming weeks of the reopening of hospitality venues and possible reducing of the social distancing measures. But right now it is impossible to predict what the situation will be in September. What is clear is that social distancing on a yacht for four days is pretty difficult if not impossible under current rules. I have been in touch with Fairview and we have agreed that we will hold off making any decisions for another month and review the situation in mid July when hopefully we will have a better idea of the likely situation in September. Fairview will continue to hold the racing fleet for us and are not asking for any deposits but by mid July we are going to have to make a call on whether it is viable to go ahead or not.
Griffin SC committee have been constantly reviewing the possibilities (over Saturday night Zoom chats which may or may not have involved a beer or two) and there may be measures we can take if we do go ahead, to limit contact between crews; no socials, limit crews to five per boat so single person cabins and two in the main cabin etc, which won't be quite the same but at least we would get racing. However, these are just ideas for now and safety has to be our first priority.
It would now be helpful for me to have some feedback from yourselves. You probably have crew that want to know what is happening and possibly crew that may be unsure whether to come even if restrictions allow us to go ahead. I'm sure you have concerns yourself so it would be very helpful to get a feel of your thoughts and ideas. I'm not asking for any decisions or firm commitments but I would like to get your views. So please come back to me in the next week or so.
Update - 03/05/20: Important latest re NoR..
From Ian Goodman:
I want to update you on the current thinking for the Griffin Regatta in September. As you are all very well aware, marinas are currently closed, sports events cancelled and anything that was due to happen this side of July is not going ahead. I'm sure like me, many of you are sitting at home adapting to a new way of working and longing for the days when you were on deck in a force 6 with the rain lashing down and realizing that was far preferable to being stuck indoor for weeks on end with the family!
Anyway, it is what it is, so to update you on our thinking for the Regatta.
I have been in discussion with both Fairview and The Island Sailing Club over the last week. Many regattas are cancelled or postponed including The IDOR however, with the Griffin regatta still 6 months away we are hoping that we will be back to some sort of normality by then, whatever that looks like, and we are still intending to run the regatta at this time. This will of course be subject to review in a few months time but fingers crossed.
There is however, one important impact of the current COVID 19 situation that is impacting on the regatta. As you may be aware the Round The Island Race which was scheduled for late May, has been postponed until 26th September. This is the biggest event in the ISC calendar and is now scheduled for the Saturday after our regatta finishes. This has significant impact in a number of ways. ISC become very busy towards the end of the week in preparation. Fairview have all their fleet chartered out for this and the Cowes marinas start to fill up with foreign and non local yachts from mid week onward.
Neither ISC or Fairview have asked us to move our regatta as both are very keen that we go ahead as planned and in reality all dates in September - October are now full but after discussions with both and with continued good will to accommodate everyone's changed circumstance, we have come to a tentative agreement. Our current thinking is to run the regatta on the original week but to shorten it by a day. We will still join the boats on Sunday 20th evening as normal and meet for a social. Monday will no longer be a practice day and there will be no practice race. We will likely be doing a passage race from Southampton water to ISC finish line started by Fairview at around mid day. There will then be a second inshore race starting and finishing at ISC line. All Monday races will be scoring races. Tues - Wed will likely be 3 races per day. The regatta dinner and prizes will be on Wednesday evening at ISC. Yachts to be returned to Fairview by mid day Thursday 24th. The charter costs for the yachts will be reduced accordingly but the entry fee will likely remain unchanged as almost all the costs are the same.
None of the above is set in stone and as the situation develops over the next few months we will continue to review. I have yet to give Fairview the entries of which we currently have 13 with a few more still to confirm. I know a couple of crews were doing other things this year but if those plans have changed then there is still availability. If you have any questions about the regatta then please get in touch with me. I will give Fairview the entries in a week or so's time.
Have as good a weekend as you can and let's hope that we get afloat in the not too distant future.
Update - 05/02/20: See Notice of Race below...
NOTICE OF RACE
GRIFFIN INVITATIONAL REGATTA
Incorporating the PSUK Offshore Championships
Sunday 20th to
Racing organised by the Island Sailing Club, Cowes
1.1. The Regatta will be governed by World Sailing (Previously 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.
Organising Authority is the Island Sailing Club. The Organising
Committee is comprised of officers of the Griffin Sailing Club.
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
3.1. As the number of boats available to charter is limited and to ensure a fair allocation to all participating agencies, entries will be allocated by the Griffin Regatta Committee. Initial Expression Of Interest to enter the regatta should be sent by email to email@example.com by 28th February 2020. Skippers will be contacted by the Griffin Regatta Committee with confirmation of entry on or before 8th March and Fairview Sailing will be informed of skipper allocation. Charter of the yacht will be between Fairview Sailing and the skipper.
3.2. The entry fee for the 2020 Regatta is £570 per crew. The entry fee will include race fees and social functions on Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings (subject to sufficient entries) and prizes.
3.3. The entry fee and payment must be received by 1stJune 2020. 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)
4. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
4.1. The Sailing Instructions will be sent out by the regatta committee to the skippers of participating crews and will be available on the Island Sailing Club website www.islandsc.org.uk/event/griffin-sc-regatta-group 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.
6.1. 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 21st September 2020.
6.2. Registration and yacht allocation will take place at Fairview Sailing, Port Hamble from 17:00 on Sunday 20th September 2020
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.
7.1. 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 committee for a fixed period at an agreed price of £1649.00, which includes fuel, berthing, and racing insurance. Wet weather gear is also available to hire from Fairview. Once entry has been accepted and confirmed by the Griffin Regatta Committee, skippers are to contact Fairview Sailing directly and refer to the Griffin Regatta when chartering their yacht.
7.2. Allocation of Yachts to skippers for the regatta will be by random allocation by Fairview Sailing. Specific request for yacht allocation by skippers to Fairview is not permitted.
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.
9.1. 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 online Official Notice Board: www.islandsc.org.uk/racing/onb
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.
10.1. 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 www.rya.org.uk/racing/charter
12. ISLAND SAILING CLUB FACILITIES
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 £3,000,000 sterling against third party claims. This may be provided under individual charter agreements with Fairview Sailing.
13.3. The regatta committee, the organising agencies and their Boards, the Island Sailing Club and Fairview Sailing Ltd are providing this series only on the understanding that theybear 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.
ANNEX A: PROVISIONAL REGATTA PROGRAMME (may be subject to change)
For further information contact the
or via the Regatta Office on
Details from the NCA Invitational Regatta 2019.
Details from the NCA Invitational Regatta 2018.