The NSSA Archives

This site hosts a historical record of the National School Sailing Association.
It will always be under development with new items added as they become available. Documents are facsimiles, they are scanned using an OCR programme, the PDF is then edited in a DTP programme and the final PDF produced. Some errors are introduced in this process and some are in the original document.

In the late 1950's sailing was reaching the masses. Schools were building boats as part of woodwork lessons and enthusiasts were taking children sailing.George Patterson from Essex and Terry White in Northampton independently wrote suggesting some sort of organisation for schools might be a good idea. On January 6th a meeting was held in Caxton Hall London for interested parties  (See TES Report).

From this a group was formed to consider how such an organisation might be formed, the group met at the RYA Headquarters, then in Victoria Street London and with the help of Martin Beale of the RYA, Mervin Palmer - The Chief Education Officer for Hastings and Harry Cross.

A constitution, terms of reference etc were drawn up and the first formal meeting of the NSSA Committee took place on 11th Feb 1961. The first Annual General Meeting was held on 19th of January 1962 at Friends House, opposite Euston Station

Regattas sprang from informal gatherings of sailors at Grendon Hall in Northamptonshire.


NSSA Officials
 Year 
 President  Chairman  Secretary  Treasurer  Regatta
 1962   Mervin Palmer CEO Hastings   
 Harry Cross
Terry White
Pitsford
Northants
 1963    " "
  "  Northants
Pitsford
 1964    "  "   "  Essex
Burnham on Crouch
 1965
handbook
   " "
  "  Chase, Staffs
 1966    " "
 "  Brancaster Norfolk
 1967    "  "  "  Berwick on Tweed
 1968           Bob Parker
 CEO Somerset
"
 "  Whitstable, Kent
 1969    "  "  "  Wakefield
 1970  F. Lincoln Ralphs M.Sc., Ph.D. LL.B
 " "
 "  Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk
 1971    "    " Portsmouth, Hants
 1972    "    " Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
 1973    "    " Grafham, Cambs
 1974    Michael Henley CEO Northants
   "  Plymouth, Devon
 1975    "    " Derwent, County Durham
 1976     "    "  Drought, No regatta
 1977     "    " Queen Mary, London
 1978     "    " Cumbria
 1979     "    " Rutland, Leics.
 1980     "    " Ogston, Derbs
 1981    John Evans CEO Derbs
   " DownsSC, Deal, Kent 
 1982   "
   "  Pitsford, Northants
 1983   "
   "  Brightlingsea, Essex
 1984 Sir Owen Aisher
"
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Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
 1985 "
"
   " Grafham, Cambs
 1986 "
 " D.G. Sykes
 "  Farmoor, Oxon
 1987  " "
"
 "  Calshot, Hants
 1988 "
 " "
 "  Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
 1989 "
"
"
Brian K Jolly Dip.Ed.  
Rutland, Leics
 1990
Keith Anderson B.A. Dip.Ed. 
Martyn Styles
Brian K Jolly Dip.Ed. 
Brightlingsea, Essex
 1991 " Keith Anderson B.A. Dip.Ed.
 Martyn Styles
Brian K Jolly Dip.Ed.
Plymouth
 1992    Michael Edwards
   Deal, Kent
 1993         Grafham, Cambs
 1994    Michael Edwards
 Nigel Vick
David Williamson
Redcar, Teeside
 1995   "
 "   Calshot, Hants
 1996    " "
  Weymouth
 1997    "  "   Grafham, Cambs
 1998   " Tony March   Datchet Water, Berks
 1999   "
"
   Deal, Kent
 2000   "
"
 Barbara Darling Plymouth, Devon
 2001    
Alan Kaye
"
"
Derwent
 2002    Michael Dennison
Anna Blannin "
Grafham, Cambs
 2003    "
"
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Weymouth, Dorset
 2004  Jim Saltonstall
    "
 Bridlington, Yorkshire
 2005  "     "
Grafham, Cambs
 2006  "      " Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
 2007 "
    "
Plymouth
 2008  "     "
 Carsington, Derbyshire
 2009 "
 
      Bridlington Yorkshire
 2010 "
    John Dowd
Datchet Water
 2011  Helen Denton
Melanie Ellis 
John Dowd
 Grafham, Cambs
 2012 Vacant
 Helen Denton
"
John Dowd
 WPNSA, Weymouth
 2013 Vacant  James Conway   Bassenthwaite, Cimbria
 2014  "  "  " Deal, Kent
 2015 Iain Percy   "  Nigel Vick  " Rutland Leics 
 2016  " Ellie Gaddes  Norfolk -Yarmouth & Gorelstone
 2017    Steven Lloyd Grafham, Cambs