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29 April 2019


Cowes Cherbourg Race Report 2019

This was our second race on new Purple Mist after JOG Nab Tower earlier in April and our first race with her overnight. New Purple Mist is a Sunfast 3200R2 and is a bit faster and feistier than her older sister we were racing on last year.

The start was very calm and with a strong spring tide running the main priority was not to be OCS. We started upwind but soon after the start boats started peeling to zeros and spinnakers. So up went the S2 and we floated on light airs down to the forts. At this point the fleet were bunched together so I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the fleet.

Juliette Off to a strong start

Overtaking Hair of the Dog

Sheevra looking gorgeous

Ahead of the eventual Class 4 and 2H winners All or Nothing

After Bembridge it was all downwind, but which gybe to take many were sailing far west but we decided to try and get south having seen the wind was going to start to die from the North we were trying to head for the stronger winds. As the tide turned East though this meant we were swept East of the rhumb line, however we weren’t too concerned as with light winds we were sure we would be in the West bound tide at the end.

Midnight our position looked good just east of Barfleur, we were 5NM behind Juliette and 1NM behind Hair of the dog when we all gybed for Cherbourg. Under the A5 and the big spring tide were making 10kts SOG with only 15NM to run and 6 hours of west bound tide.... what could possibly go wrong?

Well the thing about sailboats is they need wind to move and in a cruel twist of weather with 2 NM to the line the wind died. Never mind we still had a few hours of west bound tide.... but it was not enough. At 5am we started going backwards and were sat off the east entrance to Cherbourg. I didn’t think the ferries would appreciate a yacht kedged in the entrance, so we basically held station by squeezing every 1/10th of a knot out of the boat with all sorts of creative sail set ups. As we sail double handed and were by now well into our watch system most of this work was single handed.

New Rig for TWA 180° : Poled out Code Zero, Preventer on the Main Finally, at the tide turned and the wind increased we made the finish line, 11:29am just before the race finish deadline of 12noon. We were glad to get the message the party had been delayed so enjoyed a well-earned drink and our Easter egg prize for perseverance. The race home to Cowes was cancelled which for us was not too disappointing. We needed to complete our 300mile qualifying passage for the Azores and back race in June and starting in Cherbourg made for a more interesting course. Saturday afternoon we took full advantage of the westbound tide and headed off down the Alderney race under S2 (14.3kts SOG!!). The sunset over Sark was glorious with the Sahara dust turning the sky red. Then down to the French coast, round the Roches Douvres off Treguier, over to Eddystone and back to Hamble.


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15 April 2019


Congratulations to Ruth and Dougie!

Our congratulations to JOG Captain, Dougie Leacy and Ruth Coll who married on Saturday 13th April. Celebrations will continue in Cherbourg this weekend! Best wishes from all the members. 


- Martin Banfield, JOG Secretary


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09 April 2019


JOG Nab Tower 2019 Photos

We've uploaded some photos taken from the start and finish line, feel free to post and share.



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25 March 2019


Captains Log March 19

The committee met in January where we discussed several areas, the main points are below for you to consider. Once our new website has further updates, I plan, with our secretary, to publish minutes in a secure members area. In the interim, Martin Banfield (JOG Secretary) is happy for anyone to contact him to get a copy of the meeting minutes.

70th Anniversary of JOG (2020) – iconic Offshore Race and Inshore Regatta

It is the 70th anniversary of JOG next year and I am pleased to announce that Tim Octon, Rob Hillman and Nick Barlow have come up with two events that reflect our heritage . Both myself and the secretary would welcome a chance to chat with anyone who may be interested in sponsoring either event. They are as follows:

  • An iconic offshore race of 300 miles from Cowes to Saint Quay Portrieux, starting on July 25th, via the Eddystone and the Minquiers. There will be a shorter course for class 5 and 6 (Via Bembridge Ledge)
  • An inshore regatta over three days in the Solent – this will happen in Sept next year.

Further updates to the website

Many members will now have accessed the new JOG website and experienced the enhancements and new features that were built in partnership with The Portal Company. Moving forward, JOG will be able to take advantage of the new integrated platforms. Traditionally, yacht clubs run a website, membership system, entry system, and results systems, all on separate platforms, making the experience when moving from one section to another clunky and disconnected. These have been combined into one holistic system which will allow greater functionality for skippers, crew and JOG.

One of these exciting features is live results. A self-declaration link will be texted to each boat’s nominated mobile number. This link will provide a simple, mobile-friendly, form to complete as soon after their finish as possible. The live result page on the site will refresh as declarations are made to show the current order of finishers. Finishing places will continue to change as new declarations are submitted until the last boat has finished. Our race officers will be able to register committee finish times, retirements and protests, as they occur, via an iPad or tablet application. These timings will override any declared times recorded by skippers.

We are looking to enhance club benefits for crew members and are planning on implementing an area on “MyJOG” for them to see what races they have raced in, results and trophies achieved and how many day and night hours completed with the JOG fleet. I’m sure you will agree that this will be very useful if you are building miles or want to track your experience. The objective: to increase our social/crew membership numbers off the back of these and further benefits, also in planning.

We are always keen for suggestions on what features we can add or enhance. If you have any suggestions, please email Martin at

5 year Plan for JOG

While there's a lot going on right now in JOG (website enhancements, usual pre-season preparations, etc), it can be easy to get so caught up in the present that we aren't looking to the future. To ensure we're also thinking about the longer term, Jo Farquhar & Martin Banfield are working on a JOG 5 year plan. This isn't a tome, more a set of considerations and recommendations that we'll use to guide our future thinking and ensure we're set up for success. It encompasses areas ranging from building membership numbers to the sailing programme, socials, race officers and JOG administration.

JOG Young Member Representative

I have co-opted Hannah Muskett onto the JOG Committee to look at how we attract the next generation of sailors to JOG. This will supplement the work in the 5 year plan, but also allow us to grow our links into university sailing where we already have strong relationships. Hannah is currently working on a range of options which the committee will discuss next month at our meeting.

JOG Secretariat

Nick Barlow and Martin Banfield are working hard behind the scenes to complete Nick’s handover. This is no mean feat with the setting up of the new website, race entries, administration issues, liason with Port and Harbour Authorities, a whole season of Sailing Instructions and day to day matters, all of which need managing. Nick will step away officially from the secretarial role after the Nab Tower race. We wish him well in “retirement” and thank him for everything he has done. Nick will continue to contribute his experience to the club by looking at some merchandising options for JOG with Hannah and the planning of the 70th Anniversary.

Please be mindful that the team are dealing with a large number of queries related to all the changes and will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible.


I can’t help but mention Brexit with our first race to Cherbourg not far away. We are keeping an eye on what this might mean to us a club – not just for Cherbourg but in the long-term. Martin will communicate via the usual channels if there is any major news or change to current procedures. There is nothing concrete at the moment, but we are watching this and will inform if need be.

As you can see, these are exciting times with new innovations, celebrations to plan and much going on! I am blessed to have a hardworking committee and a team of Flag Officers that support JOG and myself as Captain. The committee will have some vacancies later this year, please speak with me or Martin if you are interested in joining the committee. We can’t promise accommodating everyone but welcome fresh input.

I look forward to seeing you either after the NAB Tower race or in Cherbourg at Easter. Our race team will be in Cherbourg to greet you as well. Have a great couple of races.

Fair winds

Dougie Leacy


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21 March 2019


JOG is saddened to record the loss of Keith Gibbs

JOG is saddened to record the death of Keith Gibbs, well known to us from sailing “Change of Course” in numerous races over many years. Details of the funeral arrangements are shown below. Our sympathy from his many JOG friends, Officers and Committee are extended to his family. We will miss him.


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27 February 2019


Young Member Representative

H. Muskett

Hello! I am Hannah Muskett and I am delighted to be a part of forming the future of JOG and creating a greater platform for the voices of young people within the club. I’ve been a part of JOG racing since 2016, coming from a background of national and international dinghy racing. I started sailing in Lymington at the age of 5 and racing from the age of 7, all the way from Oppies to Lasers and 29ers. Then the time came to choose between racing and university and university won. But this was no great issue, as the people I met and the sailing I was now exposed to were both fantastic. I was then shown the wonderful world of JOG! Easing in with the Nab Tower race I experienced the great standard of racing that JOG is known for – but that was it for 2016, as I didn’t know who to go to be able to do more of this exciting (and sometimes boozy) racing. Thankfully a year later a University friend told me to come do a JOG race with someone I’d never met – and it was the Nab Tower again, though this time even better. From there we started to pull in more and more university sailors and suddenly I was racing in thrilling coastal and offshore events with friends, whether they be 20 or 60 years old.

Now you may have noticed that JOG is changing, from our new website last year and an automatic results system at JOG Week, to a new and very much improved website this year. I think we can all well and truly say JOG is changing to meet our member’s needs (or as Dougie (our Captain) might say “keeping up with the kids”). Though it is not just about making sure JOG is great now, it is about future-proofing our collective interests and goals, so that they work as the club evolves.

With this in mind I have very kindly been asked to hop aboard and help navigate the club with regards to what our younger and future members would like. Whether this includes an easier platform to find a boat to sail on, helping skippers find crew, running events that people from all ages want to attend, or just someone to talk to – I’m happy to say that I’m here to help for all this and more.

So if you have any ideas or questions please do get in touch at

See you on the water!

Hannah Muskett


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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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05 October 2018


Cowes Lymington Cowes Race Reports 2018

JOG Lymington – Cowes 30th September – Spectrum

Sunday morning offered less sunshine than Saturday, however there were promising breaths of wind. The race officer sensibly opted for the red flag course which would have us zig-zagging up the western Solent back to Cowes.

Similarly to Saturday there was big tide washing over the start line, and with a downwind start everybody still seemed to be heading uptide and away from the line with one minute to go. Spectrum made a good start, only a few seconds off the line, though we were promptly rolled by the Laser 28’s who seem uncatchable downwind! Both rounding Salt Mead several minutes ahead of us, perhaps this was not the weekend to have 7 on an Impala.

From Salt Mead we headed upwind to Dick Johnson, opting to stick on port until we reached the shallower water on the other edge of the channel. Blazer and Moondog both seemed to tack onto starboard mid channel, battling the tide pushing them east, some keen navigation and choosing to tack up in shallower water saw us round Dick Johnson in the lead, shortly followed by Blazer. The kite shot up around the mark, accelerating us into the lead back downwind to Gurnard Ledge, from where it appeared we may be able to fetch over to Quinnell. We were lifted well and making the mark with all 7 crew on the high side, before being knocked back, only a supposed back eddy outside the Beaulieu River could make this a one tack leg, however a fishing boat sat at anchor just off the mark disagreed with the eddy from the tidal atlas. A short starboard tack popped us around the mark and onto the final downwind leg of the course, for a west to east finish on the JOG line. Both Blazer and Moondog made gains heading towards the finish, however it was too little too late as we looked set to be the first boat to finish over the water. We completed another close inspection of Gurnard, just missing out on ‘line honours’ by two seconds to Quokka 9 from class 5. A big thank you to the JOG committee from all the crew of Spectrum for organising an excellent weekend, in sometimes challenging conditions.


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