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.
27 July 2020
The Junior Offshore group (JOG) are pleased to announce that entry is now open for the Home Ports Regatta weekend to be held on the 29th and 30th August in the Solent.
The weekend racing will start with a longer course leaving the Cowes start line, heading out to Poole bay and returning to finish outside of Cowes Isle of Wight. Day 2 will be a shorter course around sailing marks in the Solent.
Courses will be modified to suit conditions.
JOG endeavours to promote competitive sailing whilst not encouraging unnecessary risk of COVID 19 transmission.
Just a few of our measures include limiting crew numbers and ensuring competitors can return to their home ports during the 2-day regatta. Competitors can also opt to race using their non-spinnaker rating.
Entry is open to both JOG and non-JOG members for IRC rating boats with a TCC limit of 1.200 and no lower limit providing yachts comply with Category 4 world sailing regulations.
Early entry Fees - until 21st August
Members Entry Fee - £25 Non-Members - £50
Fees increase by 25% after the 21st August and entry closes at 5pm 26th August.
Entries will be limited and are on a first come basis.
19 July 2020
The JOG Great Escape Race offered some brisk conditions and a revised course enabled competitors to finally escape the Solent around the needles Fairway buoy and back to the finish with a few separator marks in between.
Rick Tomlinson was on hand to capture all the best moments of the race with the ebbing tide and opposing wind in the Needles channel creating the perfect setting for some dramatic photography.
Over 80 entries for this race adapted with covid precautions to limit crew numbers proved a great success with all three class winners racing with no more than 4 crew made up of family plus one groups.
Congratulations to Class 1 winners Bellino with Rob Craigie and Deb Fish, who were also 2nd in the Double Handed Class. Not many risked a kite from the fairway buoy to North Head but Bellino certainly weren’t going to allow the 20 knots + wind to stop them. If you haven’t seen Deb’s slot on the double handed webinar, you should watch to see why they are such confident sailors in these conditions. http://youtu.be/eTWP-C5gOoA
Class 2 winners were White Cloud ix, skippered by John Donnelly, sailed with 3 of his family plus one. We are certain that John will be celebrating his family success with this excellent result.
Class 3 winners Eros skippered by rising star Azat Ulutas, part of project Scaramouche who continue to impress with great results. Their second boat Riot should also be applauded for pressing on through the rough seas of the Needles Channel and completing the course in what must have seemed a very small boat in high seas.
Double handed winners Ziggy sailed by Kevin Downer and Timothy Eccles finished in just under 5 hours. Congratulations to them both.
All results can be found at https://www.jog.org.uk/race-results/results/?raceid=c1ec3f32-d036-ea11-a813-000d3a0b6d42
JOG next take to the Solent for the Home Ports Regatta, a weekend of Solent based racing in the August sunshine on 29th and 30th August. (Sunshine not promised!)
14 July 2020
Great to be back racing
With 24 hrs to go to the start of the JOG Lonely Tower Race the two entries from the Scaramouche Sailing Trust Eros and Riot, were at two completely different spectrums of being race ready.
Riot was ready, and the young crew skippered by 15-year-old Jaydon had been out training with the Kai (14) and Tyler (14). For the crew of Eros, Azat, Seun and coach Matt Reid, it was all hands on deck getting the keel and rudder back in place following a lockdown project of hull preparation. A restoration project they have led with support from the marine industry along the way.
Eros and Riot were both on the start line and ready to race on Saturday 11th July, their first race of 2020, with Jon Holt, founder of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust as RIB Support for the young crew of Riot.
Our race onboard Eros – Azat Ulutas
The start was extremely light, however as were the lowest rated boat that was good for us, so we were not worried. With Seun on the helm, we started close of the Gurnard Cardinal, and our strategy was to stay in the strong flooding tide off the start and look for pockets of wind pressure, which Matt and I were keeping an eye out for.
Our strategy changed when we went over the Ryde Middle Sands Bank, although there was significantly less tide with us, there was a lot more breeze, and it paid off.
As we approached the Nab Tower, we wondered if we would be able to hold our kite, almost all the boats only had two sails up. We managed to hold the kite, and even hit 8.1 knots of boat speed, which is pretty incredible for us!
The finish was upwind, and with high morale onboard we kept pushing on, beating boats in our class to the finish line. As the slowest in class, that was a good sign.
We were really pleased to finish 3rd in Class 3 and thank JOG for putting on the race and giving us the opportunity to get back out on the water.
Steep learning curve for Riot – Jaydon Owusu
Our goal was to put our training and new navigational skills into practice in a race situation. This was my first race as skipper and responsible for my crew, although we are all experienced in offshore sailing, this race felt like a big one for the three of us, as Jon would be following in a RIB.
Our strategy was to keep hold of the main pack for as long as we could, watch what those around us were doing and learn as much as we could from this experience. One third of the way into the race and we couldn’t believe it, we were in a great position and close to Eros, who we were secretly hoping we could beat. Redshift, Nick Cherry and Ed Fishwick, who have been great with giving us some tips and sharing their knowledge were also insight. So, we were so pleased to be up near them at this stage.
We then made an error and were a little cautious dropping our kite early as we looked to the boats ahead who seemed to be overpowered. We are still learning to judge the distance on the water in these conditions, and we were actually looking too far ahead rather than at the boats closer to us. Dropping the kite early meant we ended up in a huge wind hole (although I think Mr Holt would rather we did that than be overpowered and get ourselves in to trouble!)
We rounded the Nab Tower and headed back up to Cowes for the finish, whilst we may have been the last boat across the line, we finished, and once our handicap had been applied, we finished 25th.
Thank you JOG for a great race; we are looking forward to the next one already.
Both crews are looking forward to entering The Great Escape on 18th July.
Scaramouche Sailing Trust – Eros and Riot. Scaramouchesailing.org.uk, @ScaramoucheST on your favourite social media channel.