JOG Week

JOG is a yacht club with a difference and steeped in history. Established in 1950 to enable smaller yachts to compete offshore, it organises highly competitive races for IRC rated yachts. Our vibrant yacht club prides itself on its inclusivity and providing organised, competitive yacht racing ensuring long-lasting broad appeal.

JOG runs a full programme every season grouped into an inshore and offshore series. Competitors expect to enjoy a high standard of racing using internationally recognised racing standards. We're a community that shares unique yacht racing experiences and emphasise the social aspect of JOG. We regularly host events and parties after races at ports throughout the evening that deliver live music, exquisite food and reflect on the day's competition.    

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06 February 2019


Need crew for 2019?

We’ve created a dedicated listing with tendrr:


tendrr provides a free CrewMatch service linking boats with crew. You can see who has a spare berth for JOG Races and communicate directly with each other to compete at each race.

How does it work?

Boat Owners: To get started click Find Crew on the JOG page. Register your boat and add the details of your JOG trip. You can specify how many crew you need, what position they must fill and what experience you’re looking for. Your post will then be visible to all sailors on the tendrr platform.

Crew: You can register your availability by clicking on the star icon in the top right-hand corner of the image of the JOG page. You’ll then be notified by email when a new crew request is added to the site. You can search through existing crew requests by clicking on the Find Boats button.

Once you’ve found a suitable match, you can communicate directly with each other using tendrr's messaging system, making it much more straightforward to get out on the water for JOG races.

For any questions, please get in touch with the team direct at


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05 January 2019


Captain's Log Jan 2019

On behalf of JOG may I wish you a very happy new year.

At the AGM, I noted our thanks to Peter Cover as outgoing Captain, to David McGough as outgoing President and to the other committee members and helpers who have done so much for JOG over the last year and beyond. I wish to draw your attention to the dedicated race team in Cowes without whom our races could not take place, I am sure you will join me in thanking them for all of their efforts.

The JOG Dinner was a true JOG evening and well done to our 2 Vice Captains and Peter and Sandie for their huge efforts in organising everything.

We have alot to look forward to in the next season, the NAB Tower race is just under 3 months away, which traditionally draws a large entry for JOG.

Having already taken the step to introduce an interactive website we have learnt alot. Based on our learnings and feedback from members we are taking the opportunity given to us by the Portal Company to streamline our website and to improve the user experience. Examples include; making the race entry process and race results easier for all of us to manage. We will use the current members forum area of the website to publish minutes of meetings in the members only area. Other member benefits will be introduced to the website development, which will improve the overall experience for JOG members.

Martin Banfield is currently working with Nick Barlow to map out and start the transition of the secretarial role. Martin will become the face of JOG as secretary with some dedicated support that we are currently working through with Nick and the other flag officers.

The committee voted last year to make AIS Transponders for Cat 3 races mandatory. The use of AIS transponders is an important safety feature that the club has decided to embrace in terms of best practice and due diligence. Having stood on a finish line in Deauville, St Vaast and Cherbourg for JOG last season, knowing where the fleet is and that it is safe is reasurring, plus I am sure you will all agree is in the best interests of JOG. The change will be reflected in the NOR and SI’s for the season.

We have a full and varied programme in place for 2019, also we are looking to finalise the 70TH anniversary of JOG next season. We intend to have a long race leading into a short regatta in the Solent area.

Your committee will be discussing this at our next meeting at the end of January and we report the outline plan to you via the website.

I look forward to seeing you on the water or at one of our JOG Post Race parties very soon.

Dougie Leacy

JOG Captain


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01 July 2018


JOG News July 2018

The following news items are updates from the June Committee meeting.

New website. The JOG website has now been running since December last year and whilst we have had a lot of positive feedback from Club Members and other clubs, we are acutely aware that some aspects of the site need refining. Rob Hillman has taken in a number of suggestions for improvements from members and a working group will be looking to bundle any changes into a couple of release packages that we can get our developers working on over the winter. 

2018 Programme. Compared to 2016 and 2017 this year has seen an overall increase in racing numbers. The offshore races especially have been well supported. The club has been very lucky to attract good sponsorship and as a result the postrace events have been well funded.

JOG Week:The Club is lucky to have a proactive sponsor, The Portal Company for “The Portal Company JOG week” and excellent support from the RDYC who will be running the racing for the week. Support sponsorship is now in place from Salcombe Brewery, Dean & Readyhoff, Plymouth Yacht Haven, Dartmouth Chandlery and now Chatham Shoes. More details can be viewed on

2019 & 2020 Programme. The 2019 programme is broadly in place and JOG has shared the programme with local clubs. 2020 will be JOG’s 70 anniversary of racing and a special programme for the season is currently being planned 

AIS. Most JOG Cat 3 boats are now equipped with AIS capable of transmitting. RORC have adopted AIS Tx Rx as mandatory in order to compete in their CAT 3 and below races. JOG is out of step with their  recommendation for AIS Tx Rx for all CAT 3 races. It is proposed that JOG will adopt the same standard as RORC in 2019 for CAT 3 races.

RORC NoR etc: Automatic Identification System (AIS) Boats shall carry an AIS Transponder in all Offshore Races. See OSR 3.29.1. Competitors shall ensure that the racing name of the boat is transmitted rather than just the MMSI number. Competitors shall use their best endeavours to ensure that their AIS Transponder is switched on (i.e. transmitting and receiving) at least every 5 minutes during Offshore Races.

The Cost of an AIS installation has come down since they were first introduced and a simple standalone unit can be purchased for a price of £273

2018 AGM and JOG BALL.  The venue for this year’s JOG Ball boasts excellent media facilities.
Safety Tethers. 
Crew should have either 2 separate tethers 1 @ 2m and the other @ 1m length or an integrated 3 point tether with 1 @ 2m strops. The material should have inbuilt strain overload markers.
Sail Numbers. Please ensure that your sail numbers are of a sufficient contrasting colour in order that shore side race officers can spot you. If your vessel cannot be identified it will result in a DNS or DNF. Examples are Blue numbers on Black sails and some of the darker Reds on Black sails are difficult to spot.


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