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25 November 2020


Webinar Series Episode 2

JOG Webinar Series Episode 2 Sails and Ratings Recording

You can now view the recording of webinar below:

The Live Questions and answers can be seen by downloading the following pdf:

IRC Ratings:  

The IRC process:
How to smoothly get an IRC certificate and short handed certificate
Upcoming IRC rule changes in 2021 on headsails and poles
Pointers to get the best from your IRC rating  

Dr Jason Smithwick (Director of Rating RORC Rating Office @RORC Rating Office)
Jason has a doctorate in Naval Architecture and continued working at Southampton University, as a Principal Engineer & Software Manager. He was Technical and Offshore Director at sailing's international federation, known today as World Sailing.

Making the most of your current sails: 

How to optimise your sails for easier manoeuvres/ shorthanded sailing
Sails to cover a wider range of conditions
Optimising your sails for better ratings

Kevin Sproul (Owner and Technical Director at Ultimate Sails @Ultimate Sails)
Kevin has been in sail making for over 30years. As a sought after tactician and helm, Kevin has been successful nationally and internationally winning multiple World, European and National Championships in One designs such as the Swan 45, Farr 40, Soto 40, J111, Mumm 30, Melges 24 and J80’s

Sail Care and Repairs: 

How to make your sails last longer and Sail repairs

Nicky Octon (Owner @NJO Sails Ltd)

Nicky worked for Doyle’s sails for 14 years before taking over their former loft at Shamrock Quay. NJO sails provides high quality sails and sail repairs.

JOG 2021 Racing Calendar

Kate Cope, JOG Committee and Webinar Host


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24 November 2020


JOG 2021 Notice of Race

The 2021 Junior Offshore Group 2021 notice of race is now published and available for download.

Download here

The program reflects what we have in store for 2021, with an exciting season mix of longer offshore style races alongside favourite destinations along coastal routes.

Now is the time to block your diary and start making plans for this coming JOG season.


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20 November 2020


Stoneways Marine Sponsorship

Stoneways Marine are very pleased to be partnering with JOG to provide race sponsorship and discounted insurance to JOG members. Stoneways Marine is a new specialist yacht insurance broker with exclusive A rated capacity, run by sailors for sailors.

Director and underwriter Will Prest, who has sailed his Sunfast 3200 ‘Hair of the Dog’ in several doublehanded and fully crewed JOG races in previous seasons said that: “We are very excited to be partnering with JOG. We have always admired the Corinthian spirit that underlies JOG, the professionalism with which the races are run and the courtesy that members display towards one and other on the water. This is a huge opportunity for both Stoneways Marine and JOG members who can benefit both from a discounted policy and the knowledge that they are dealing with people who really understand yacht racing. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 Stoneways Marine Insurance Inshore Race Weekend”.  

JOG members can request their discounted quotation by going to the members benefits area of the JOG website or by calling Stoneways Marine on 03333 609 886. 


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19 October 2020


2021 Programme Announcement

The Junior Offshore Group is pleased to announce it's programme of events and sponsors for the 2021 season.

The committee have worked hard to plan a programme to give competitors a level of certainty for 2021 and see the return of both the offshore and inshore series in 2021.

They would also like to thank the sponsors for their continued support, these include One Sails, Gill Marine Clothing, Exposure Lights, NJO Sails, Highfield Honda, Serversys and Osmotech. JOG is also pleased to announce our new sponsor, Stoneways Marine Insurance.

The principal destinations are planned to allow for continuing restrictions due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and border and customs issues post Brexit, unresolved at the time of going to press. The *alternative destinations in red will be utilised subject to clarity nearer the dates but will be substituted with at least four weeks notice to competitors.

The mixed programme will include a longer offshore series ISAF Cat 3 requirement and the shorter inshore series ISAF Cat 4, details will be included in the Sailing Instructions.

All scheduled races will be held with due regard to prevailing circumstances and regulations but may be subject to last minute change where that becomes necessary. JOG will endeavour to provide moderated courses and destinations if prudent or mandated by legislation or guidelines.


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12 October 2020


2020 AGM Notice

The 70th Annual General Meeting of the Junior Offshore Group will be on Saturday 21st November 2020, starting at 1800 prompt. This will be an online webinar, open to all members. 

Members are required to pre-register in advance using this link. 
Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Full details will be circulated in good time prior to the AGM, including the Agenda, Accounts, normal papers and instructions for voting and asking question at the AGM. 

There are no rotational vacancies for the general Committee or Flag Officers and the current Officers recommend that the standing members are re-elected.  

The names of any further nominations for the Committee, suitably proposed and seconded, and matters for “Any other Business”, in accordance with the Club’s rules, should be in the hands of the Secretary by 1st November 2020 for circulation with the Agenda. 

Martin Banfield JOG Secretary 

12th October 2020 


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23 September 2020


Captain’s Review and update September 2020

Once again, the JOG sailing season has ended all too soon. We seem to have barely started when it’s suddenly all over. However, we finished with a 40 boat entry for the Final Wrap and there is a race report elsewhere on the website.

This has been an extraordinary year. No one could have foreseen the impact of Covid 19 on our world or our sport until it happened and we have done our utmost to give all our members some testing and worthwhile racing, just as soon as we could. Our membership has risen by 17% and we have acquitted ourselves well financially as will be reported at the AGM. I will save some other pleasing statistics for my Captain’s report at that meeting.

It does not need me to remind you of the rules and guidelines, changing at almost the speed of sound, that thwarted all forms of racing for the first half of the year. But JOG led the field with a massive 140 boat entry list for the Lonely Tower and the subsequent “Covid friendly” races were planned and run with care and a great sense of community awareness and social responsibility. Some of our regular racers, quite rightly, stayed away. Vulnerability issues, responsibilities for families and relatives and personal risk assessments all had to be weighed and considered. We too took these factors into account but hope that those that couldn’t race, as well as those that did,  were understanding of the massive effort involved and supportive of the programme we put in place.

Next year, we are planning a full programme and a return of our usual points series. However, there are still angry clouds on the horizon. The pandemic is currently escalating once more, border issues post Brexit, have yet to be finalised and we have seen sudden self-isolation requirements put in place which would make cross Channel racing a fraught experience, even if allowable. The Flag officers and Committee have decided to plan a principal programme of UK coastal and inshore racing, to the normal Cat 3 and 4 requirements, but with some alternative ,traditional, destinations if developing circumstances and rules make it feasible, sensible and within our stated aim of being socially responsible. We will be publishing the programme as soon as we can. Please support it and the club, even if we all want to return to those venues which have beckoned us so warmly in the past.

For your information, Covid restrictions within the marine industry have slowed down the implementation of new rules requiring a mandatory keel inspection. This has been postponed for at least another year whilst the industry defines who exactly is a “competent person”. Nevertheless, JOG still recommends that you follow the requirement at an opportune moment as boats without keels are not great to be on!

Turning to the AGM for later this year, our rules and constitution require us to hold one before Christmas. The date has already been set as Sat 21st Nov. We will be holding a “virtual” meeting on Zoom and Stuart Lawrence, our IT guru, is making the arrangements. The main panel of Chairman, Captain, Treasurer and Secretary will be there to give reports, as usual, and there will be voting and speaking arrangements in place for all those that need to. Pre-registration will be needed to ensure that only members are represented. All the arrangements will be notified, together with the accounts and reports in plenty of time and in accordance with our rules. The confined and unusual nature of the meeting will limit what  can be contributed and discussed but if you have pressing topics that can only be heard at an AGM, please contact the Secretary in plenty of time for inclusion in AOB.

Perhaps, if physical attendance is not required, we may see some more faces attending this meeting! In any case, I am only too willing to hear directly from any of you if you have useful input or concerns for what we are doing.

Finally, even if you haven’t been able to race, we had engaged Rick Tomlinson, not only to take photos, but also to act as a safety boat during our racing. We owe him an extraordinary vote of thanks and I urge you to visit his website and look at some of the outstanding moments he has captured. I am also sure that he would appreciate your support by buying some.

None of this would have been possible without the hard work of Martin and Ruth and our Race Officers who give so much to JOG. I know you will join me in thanking them for their efforts.

On behalf of the Committee, I wish you all well and please stay safe in the months ahead.


Dougie Leacy Captain


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22 September 2020


Race Report from NJOS

JOG The Final Wrap



Wind 75 Degrees 16 – 25 knots

A classic Solent Course with a navigational puzzle at the end that would decide the results.

The wind was forecast to be a force 5 from the NE dropping slowly through the day and veering to the East by the end of the day. And the tide was a big spring so was always going to be a factor.

Start: West to East
West Ryde Middle (4P): leave to port

East Bramble (41): leave to starboard                     
South Ryde Middle (4Z): leave to port                      
Browndown (5C): leave to starboard                       

South East Ryde Middle (45): leave to starboard

East Bramble (41): leave to port                                
Hamstead Ledge (26): leave to starboard              
East Lepe (3H): leave to starboard                            

Finish: West to East                                                        
Distance approx 23 mls


Starting on a Spring West going tide all starts were well contested but clear the favoured end of the line being at the Gurnard Cardinal end. Some boats starting with reefs and #3 jibs looked a sensible option with the reduced Covid crew numbers.

The first leg was a beat to East Bramble with a passing mark of West Ryde Middle. This gave each fleet a chance to spread out into handicap order before the first top mark. Next was a short run of just over 1 NM spinnakers set the run is deeper than expected due to the tide nearly 50% of the fleet goose winged (again sensible) in the strong wind which wasn’t a massive penalty. The short tidal assisted beat to Browndown was again quick and the short run to SE Ryde Middle led to a power reach of 1.5NM Gentoo the new Sunfast 3300 set a stay sail which enabled her to roll Purple Mist in the class below and pull away from Scream II and NJOS in class 1. Next was the run to Hamstead Ledge the tide was starting to ebb and the run would have tidal assistance. Those closer to the Island shore would benefit as it runs harder earlier here. A few final wraps of the season were spotted on the run down to the mark.

An early drop and smart rounding at Hamstead Ledge would save valuable meters at the turning mark as the tide is now running at a full spring Ebb. This is where the race really started most boats headed to less tide in the shallow water off Beaulieu several boats reported more than 50 tacks up this shore seeking tidal relief. No one was spotted on the putty although on NJOS we did see a 0.3m on the sounder briefly. Several tacking duels were taking place notably the one between the two J109’s Just So and Juke Box where they went on to finish 1st and 3rd. The top 5 boats in class 1 were involved in a great tacking battle (carefully carving through the lower classes) with the eventual winner on the day Tanget Minus 1 taking the early decision to head to Gurnard on the Island side. Avoiding the big tide at Lepe Spit was clearly a good choice (learning point)

A day out racing in fantastic weather with great competition thanks JOG one.


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16 August 2020


Cyclops Marine Sponsor Home Ports Regatta

The Junior Offshore Group announce Cyclope Marine as the title sponsor for The Home Ports Regatta.

Get the edge on the competition at the JOG Home Ports Regatta 2020

Save time on boat set up and hit the fast setting first time every time, with smarttune and smartlink from Cyclops Marine.

smarttune and smartlink are new kids on the block when it comes to wireless load sensors. They bring America’s Cup technology to ordinary sailors and give the edge with repeatable settings which help find and maintain superior speeds. 

Remember your best race? Everything clicked. You were in a different gear than everyone else. You pointed higher off the start line. You were going faster than the competition. The following day you go to repeat it all, and you just can’t find the same gear.

Smarttune by Cyclops Marine Limited

Professional sailors repeatedly appear to find ‘that gear’, yet the weekend sailor has limited control over what kind of day they will have on the water. 

There are few variables that are directly controllable by the crew, but Four-time Volvo Ocean Race Winner Stu Bannatyne says that “matching forestay tension to the wind and sails is the key to upwind performance.”

So, if a sailor could set their rig up precisely according to the wind and their sails time after time, they would have a massive leg-up on the competition.

The minds at Cyclops have made this a possibility, harnessing the latest technology to create smarttune, a simple-to-install load sensor that accurately measures stay tension in real time, transmitting rig-loads wirelessly to smartphone or boat instruments.

Smarttune installed on a Sunfast 3300

With smarttune you can measure and repeat your fastest settings, control your forestay sag and headsail shape, also your mast bend to manage your mainsail shape as you race for optimal performance in all conditions, on all points of sail.

The load sensor can be swapped in for your existing turn screw in minutes and showing the live rig load on your smartphone seconds later.  

Watch smarttune by Cyclops Marine in action here.

Blur Sailing with smarttune from Cyclops Marine on Vimeo.

Also available in the Smart Range is smartlink

Smartlink by Cyclops Marine Limited

Want to hit the fast loads on any of your rope controls? From sheets to tack lines, vangs to backstays, you could even monitor to your hiking with a toestrap sensor. Repeat the fast settings with smartlink, a sleek, lightweight load sensor that delivers on-board, real time dynamic load measuring. 

As with smarttune, smartlink will wirelessly feed the live load to a mobile application or the boats instruments via NMEA2000 Gateway and cable. 

Cyclops is delighted to be sponsoring the JOG Home Ports Regatta 2020 with Sales Director Tom Pickles and Engineering Internal Will Birch Tomlinson will be competing on board Scream2 and NJOS over the weekend.

Use ‘SMARTJOG’ at checkout and receive FREE installation by a professional rigger with every smarttune purchased from Technical Marine Supplies before 28th August 2020. 

Purchase online here: or email 

Keep up date by following Cyclops Marine on Facebook @cyclopsmarine -


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04 August 2020


2020 Season Update

Crew numbers and programme to the end of the season. The Secretary’s update

JOG has led the way with an emphatically successful return to racing, post the Covid Pandemic lockdown, with two well supported coastal races, both of which having a careful regard to health and safety guidelines. Our stated position has been one of caution for our members and the wider community. Whilst we have all seen the rapidly changing scene with Government guidelines and relaxations we now have significant clarification from the RYA who have sought more detailed responses on our behalf. In the sparse few weeks since our Lonely Tower race, the following paper has been circulated by the RYA. Please take a few minutes to follow the link and have a proper read as it is shedding new light on the opportunities to race with somewhat bigger crews.

In the light of this new guidance, and with due regard to what is clearly happening elsewhere, it has been decided to further relax our restrictions to allow a similar number as adopted by other notable clubs, that is to say a maximum number of 6 on board or 2/3rds of the IRC certificate crew numbers, (rounded down where applicable) whichever is the least. This will be our new mandated position unless there are further changes required by Government agencies or our own sailing authorities.

We do wish to emphasise that these are absolute maximums which may not be appropriate for all. Skippers should have due regard to the guidance provided in the link above as well as personal views on vulnerability, disease transmission and all the associated risks. It is most definitely up to each skipper to manage this and to observe and enforce appropriate social distancing in accordance with this document and common sense. In many cases, a non-family group of 5/6 will be deemed excessive on board although, possibly, easier to accommodate on the bigger vessels.

The new details will apply to the Home Ports Regatta and the remaining races for the season.

We have also amended the remaining Programme as follows:

29/30th Aug.    Home Ports Regatta as published.

5th Sept.          Cowes-Owers-Cowes to replace Poole and back weekend. SI’s will be published soon.

19th Sept          Day Coastal race to replace Cherbourg. SI’s will be published soon.

3/4th Oct          Date to be deleted.

We are sad indeed to lose some well established events but, clearly, the opportunity to plan social gatherings and offshore, overnight, racing has conflicted with the practical needs of keeping everyone safe!

Martin Banfield, JOG Secretary


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