16 July 2021
Our recent consultation with our members resulted in a strong consensus towards proceeding with our plans to race to Guernsey at the end of August.
Our core focus for this event will be to make certain that it is fully inclusive for our younger sailors who may not have had the opportunity to meet the vaccine requirement for leaving the pontoon to enter St Peter Port.
We will be introducing additional arrangements to address some of the current limiting factors resulting from Covid measures in the Channel Islands. We are also mindful that some of these may change as we move closer towards the date of the event and we hope for further relaxations.
For boats that have no crew eligible to leave the pontoon area and enter St Peter Port, our sponsor will provide provision packs including refreshments and meals. JOG will provide these boats with assistance for any extra provisions where requested.
For boats with just some crew that are ineligible to enter St Peter Port, we will again provide provisions for those individuals not permitted to leave the pontoon area, including food and drinks.
For boats without suitable toilets, we will arrange some volunteer boats to make their heads available to you.
Although we have provisional arrangements for a formal social gathering and welcome on Sunday morning at the Yacht Club, we may re-locate this depending on circumstances “on the day”. This will be moved to the pontoon area if our younger crew would otherwise be excluded.
We will be in touch with entrants nearer to the event to get numbers and any dietary requirements. More details regarding the volunteer boats and contacts for provisions will also be provided.
The above measures require more planning and you can do your bit to help JOG and its younger crew by making your race entry as early as possible to help ensure that this a great event for our first foray across the Channel in two seasons!
Martin Banfield, JOG Secretary
05 July 2021
Henri Lloyd has come on board as our official clothing partner. Not only will all JOG members get a 10% voucher code for their full range, found at www.henrilloyd.com, but we have some great new JOG kit coming soon as well. They are also offering repairs for any old Henri Lloyd kit you may have to ensure clothing stays in use for as long as possible.
Henri Lloyd has also become one of the major supporters of our new youth programme, Generation JOG so look out for some fantastic prizes coming soon in the season.
Find out more details about the voucher code here
07 June 2021
Offshore yacht racing club, JOG, launches youth programme to bridge the gap between youth dinghy sailing and offshore keelboat racing
JOG (Junior Offshore Group) have launched a new youth programme entitled ‘Generation JOG’, https://jog.org.uk/generation-jog , which aims to support and promote the next generation of sailors, with a view to bridging the gap between youth dinghy sailing and offshore keelboat racing. It is geared towards those aged 25 years old and under who are either new or existing members.
Generation JOG will roll out the programme using a number of initiatives including giving preferential listings on JOG connect, the JOG crew finder site, https://www.jog.org.uk/crew-finder , introducing a new Generation JOG class for all those boats with program members on board, regular Zoom meetups with the occasional guest appearance from a prominent sailor and free JOG membership for the first 18 months.
With finances being one of the main obstacles to sailing of younger generations, the program has been supported by some of JOG’s sponsors. Generous amounts of kit given will be awarded throughout the season based on JOG Generation member’s achievements. Crewsaver is the first sponsor to come onboard and have given life jackets and gloves to be handed out throughout the rest of this year.
Commenting on the importance of the Generation JOG launch, Stuart Lawrence, Vice Captain of JOG said, “The future of our club and many clubs out there lies in the hands of the up and coming generations. We want to make sure we are offering the easiest, possible route to participation for those younger than us and help our club flourish in decades to come.”
If you are 25 years old and under or you know of anyone that is, you can register and sign up at https://myjog.jog.org.uk/sign-in .
For more information please contact:
Alexis Eyre, +44 (0) 7881 104 616, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Junior Offshore Group (JOG)
JOG is a yacht club with a difference. What makes JOG different is known amongst the members at “the spirit of JOG”, it is an outlook and an attitude that captures and combines serious seamanship with a chivalrous but competitive edge and lots of joie de vivre.
Since 1950, they have been focused on making coastal and offshore racing accessible to small boat owners by keeping entry fees modest. Whilst they take racing seriously, they value sportsmanship and community above all else. They encourage supporting each other by swapping sailing yarns and tips inside JOG enabling them to perform to their best standard which produces a competitive but friendly yacht racing environment.
20 April 2021
Crewsaver has come on board to officially sponsor the JOG Lymington to Cowes, taking place on Sunday 19th September 2021. Make sure you reserve your spot.
Crewsaver is a world leading designer and manufacturer of lifejackets and sailing equipment and works closely with the RNLI and with the Military and Emergency Services. Not only is Crewsaver a fantastic brand to have onboard but most importantly it reminds us of the importance of staying safe whilst racing.
Winners of each class will receive a Crewsaver Crewfit+ 180N Pro lifejacket on the day, ideal for JOG racing.
We will be running a competition with the chance of winning a Crewfit+ 180N Pro later this year so keep your eyes peeled on JOG’s social media accounts.
13 April 2021
Crew limits: As Covid relaxations continue to evolve, we are pleased to say that we are removing the special restrictions on crew numbers for the upcoming races. The standard limits will apply as defined in the annual Notice of Race, to which you should refer if in any doubt. Nonetheless, individual skippers may wish to exercise their own discretion, everyone should continue to follow national guidelines and advice from the RYA. JOG also encourages the use of the free lateral flow tests which are easily and readily available https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests Whilst these won’t guarantee protection, they are an additional tool to help avoid the risk of transmission.
Amendments to the Sailing Instructions are now available online at https://www.jog.org.uk/programme/programme-2021
The Salcombe Gin, Sopranino Race: (Cowes - Owers – Cowes, Sat 1st May)
This race incorporates a classic JOG course out to Owers, starting and finishing in Cowes, to allow all competitors the opportunity to return to their home port. The course will be a satisfying change to something with a more “offshore” nature. Entries are open and the weather will be brilliant, of course! As a bonus, our excellent sponsors, Salcombe Gin, will be providing bottles of Salcombe Gin Start Point (or Rosé Sainte Marie), in addition to the most generous gin hamper, already awarded to our lucky caption winner on our social media earlier this month.
Highfield Honda Home Ports weekend: Is setup for two days of excellent racing from Cowes. Entries are welcome for both, or single, days to suit and the results all count towards the annual points series.
The Sailing Instructions are in the Programme alongside the race dates. Rick Tomlinson will be accompanying the fleet to get some more excellent photos of JOG boats in action.
General News: By the end of May Bank Holiday, restrictions allowing, the Roadmap will permit gatherings of up to 30 people outside and we can, at long last, look forward to a destination race.
We will be hosted by Portland marina, and hope that as many of you as possible will help to make this a really good classic JOG weekend. We can’t hold a massive party but interaction between boats will be permissible and our sponsors, Exposure Lights, will make sure that we have prizes and refreshments available for distribution. The SI’s will be on the website soon.
And finally, thanks to everyone for your support. We can’t wait for the first get together!
05 April 2021
After seemingly endless months of the winter and Covid uncertainty, JOG finally got off to a brilliant season opener with the One Sails Lonely Tower race followed by the Easter Sunday Great Escape Inshore Challenge. JOG led the way with by far the largest Solent races since last year and the first large race post the latest lockdown, with near 80 boats on Good Friday, whilst complying with the continuing Pandemic guidelines. And what events! Great racing, great weather and a great turnout. It is certain that all our competitors enjoyed themselves and it goes without saying that we are doing our utmost to provide the best experience we can. JOG has a Committee and Flag Officers that strive for perfection but settle for excellence and, as Captain, I thank them for their endeavours. Our new members area and website is the result of immeasurable hours of work and the foreshortened launch resulted in a couple of glitches but a much simplified and improved experience with incredible live results for everyone to see them rolling in. By the way, we have had incredible support from the hidden, but essential, nameless background developers who have burnt the midnight oil to get it all up and running. However, the bottom line is that we provide friendly, economic and exciting racing for some of the best sailors around and it’s all down to our members. Long may JOG prosper and our thanks to our sponsors for helping to make it happen. If you have any doubts, look at our, ever improving, members benefits to see how you can get the best from a very modest membership subscription.
In light of the latest government announcement on free covid lateral tests for all, we are continually reviewing our crew number limits for our next set of races and may provide updated guidance on this in the near future.
Please have a look at our upcoming programme and get your entries in. The season may still be limited by restrictions and problems but we will continue to provide the best racing we can achieve.
We have some destination racing planned and booked if the Roadmap dates will accommodate it and we will keep everyone informed as things continue to evolve and change.
Rick Tomlinson zoomed around the course on Good Friday and there are some really great photos on his website if you want to have a look: https://7957.tifmember.com/p/rick-tomlinson/C385148310/jog-lonely-tower-2021
I, for one, can’t wait for the Salcombe Gin, Sopranino race as we start the next May Bank Holiday.
As always if you need anything please just contact us. We are here for our members.
Dougie Leacy, Captain
10 March 2021
You can now veiw the recording of the JOG Webinar Series Episode 3
· Tips to improve your routing strategy both manual routing and with different software (Eg Expedition and Simsail).
· How to get the best weather and tidal inputs to your routing.
The following documents are available from this webinar:
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.