26 February 2021
Racing Update from the Captain, 26th February 2021
The, much heralded, Roadmap out of Lockdown has been announced and the JOG Flag Officers and Committee members have considered it in some detail. A degree of interpretation is needed, of course, and we have always stated that we would preserve social responsibility whilst doing our best to achieve a sensible racing programme.
The good news is that we can see some real progress with the roll out of the vaccinations and there are some dates to work around, albeit that there are caveats which could cause dates to slip. For this reason, we will not be making any announcements on the latter part of the season, post the end of May, whilst we see how things develop. Like last year when the changes were coming thick and fast, we expect that there will be further commentary and advice which may influence our plans.
We have published an amended programme on the website. Suffice it to say that the One Sails Lonely Tower race is postponed from the 20th March as we do not see any latitude to allow us to race at all. It is re-scheduled for Friday 2nd April (Good Friday) followed by a further race on Easter Sunday.
Similarly, the Roadmap does not give scope for overnight stays on board for non-family groups until at least 17th May so, regrettably, we are staging only Inshore day races until then to allow you to return to your home port as appropriate. Our Easter destination to Eastbourne and the early May Bank Holiday venues have been exchanged as you will see in the new programme.
Race entry will be available on our website from 8th March, by which times our slick new amendments to the systems will be in place.
We will be publishing new Sailing Instructions soon and will be putting a crew limitation in place of a maximum of 6, irrespective of family group considerations, for the early season racing until 21st June at the earliest, pending any further Governmental instructions or guidance from the RYA or external sources.
Please have a good look at the SI’s when they appear for any other particular requirements such as we introduced last year to avoid the unnecessary call out of the Emergency Services. However, at this stage, we are planning to resume our more normal check list requirements with no additions.
With the changes to the Cat 3 races, we are also amending the Notice of Race to change the Series Points requirements. The Inshore Series will have a higher number of races and the Offshore Series a smaller number so we have changed the number of discards. The detail is in the amended NoR.
For those of you who are struggling to get to work on your boats with a variety of Yard restrictions in place, the date changes will at least give a little more elbow room and we hope that we will see as many of you as possible out on the water. If you are “arm chair sailing”, we at least have some new member’s benefits to console you!
As ever, the Secretary and myself are happy to hear from you if you need more guidance or information and I wish everyone well.
07 February 2021
The sharp eyed of our members will have noticed that the Programme and Notice of Race have been updated and modified with the two May Bank Holiday UK destinations swapped around. This has been done to allow us the longest possible time to accommodate the option to race across Channel at the end of May if this becomes feasible. The Committee have been talking at length about the new season and we will continue to monitor the Covid pandemic requirements as well as the, post Brexit, border issues in France, the roll out of their own vaccination programme and quarantine requirements and the practical issues of clearing in and out of foreign ports. All this requires a crystal ball and we can only apply our best judgement and keep watching all the developments as they unfold.
For the moment, we are still hoping that the first race, the One Sails Lonely Tower, will be able to go ahead. We will keep you all notified. It may be that we will need to put in place some further safety measures, as we did last year, but, again, we will notify through the WhatsApp groups and in the News section as normal.
Our website is in the process of a major update, all going on in the background. Whilst there will not be much obvious change to the content, it will accommodate the latest thinking on the needs for the next few years. It will be faster, more flexible and allow the introduction of a new race officer’s platform for processing results. This does mean that races will not be “on sale” for a few more weeks but we are also waiting to see how any continuing restrictions affect our ability to get out on the water.
For those who have credits from last year, don’t forget that you will find the vouchers at the “checkout” when race entries start to be taken. The JOG shop is open if you want to use any credit on polo shirts or new burgees and battle flags instead. Any un-redeemed balance will still be there until the end of the season.
I’m pleased to report that the regular band of race box volunteers are itching to get back with newly vaccinated protection (we hope) to keep everyone safe. In the meantime, I hope everyone is managing to cope with the health and economic difficulties and I wish you all well, with my fingers firmly crossed for March 20th.
07 February 2021
Salcombe Gin, distilled & crafted by Salcombe Distilling Co. (SDCo.), has come on board to officially sponsor the JOG Sopranino Race which will be taking place over the first May Bank Holiday weekend in 2021. It will start on Friday 30th April, so make sure you reserve your spot.
They will be handing out parcels to every participating boat as they arrive into Dartmouth, come day or night, and will also have some spectacular prizes lined up for those that win.
In the meantime, they are offering all JOG members an exclusive 15% discount off Salcombe Gin products (excludes vouchers, staycations, experiences and botanical prints) which you will find on the membership benefit page.
Finally, we will be running a competition with them offering you the chance to win a luxury Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’ Hamper, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media page and emails for details on how to enter.
If for any reason we cannot go to Dartmouth, the event will still go ahead but will be altered to cater for any COVID-related considerations. The JOG committee will continue to keep you updated on the matter.
14 January 2021
Longstanding member Tony Short sadly passed away on 30th December. Tony had been racing International 14’s when Julian Cochrane introduced him to keelboats in the early 80s. He soon after bought an H Boat, Zadig, that he raced in JOG from 1984, also competing with her as far afield as Scandinavia. He owned a further H Boat Hesperus and then moved on, in 1997, to Aquila a Dehler 28 which he campaigned until 2006 when he sold her to George Gerwitz, another JOG stalwart.
Tony kept sailing on Aquila with George until 2014, when he retired from racing aged 84. By then, not only had he acquitted himself admirably in racing but his longstanding support for JOG had resulted in the Committee of 2009 recognising his contribution and made him an Honorary Member.
Tony retired to the family run pub in Kirk Ireton, The Barley Mow Inn.
25 November 2020
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: https://jog.org.uk/jog-news/jog-news-article/SailsandRatingsQA.pdf
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
20 November 2020
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.
19 October 2020
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.
12 October 2020
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. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o7vaFpiBSx23uJRbCHC2_w
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
23 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 https://www.rick-tomlinson.com 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