20 June 2019
Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels announced as sponsor of the JOG Cowes to Weymouth Race
The Junior Offshore Group (JOG) announced today that Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels will be sponsoring their Cowes to Weymouth, Yacht, Race.
Dougie Leacy, JOG Captain, had this to say: ”I look forward to, not only presenting their prizes at the Weymouth Sailing Club on 27th July but welcome their generous two part, sponsorship which will also enable JOG to offer its members preferential accommodation rates for our Annual Dinner and Prize Giving to be held on the 7th December in Southampton. JOG will announce the offer to its members very soon when tickets become available. Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels are a first class Southampton brand and this allies itself well to one of the South Coast’s premier offshore sailing clubs”.
About the Junior Offshore Group
JOG has focused since 1950 on making coastal and offshore racing accessible to Corinthian boats. While taking yacht racing seriously, they value sportsmanship and their community above all else.
JOG run about 16 yacht racing events each season split 50/50 with inshore and offshore races between 30 and 180 miles per race.
JOG is run by and for its members and few sailors haven’t heard of, or competed in, a JOG race.
About Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels
Jurys Inn is part of Leonardo Hotels, the group that includes the landmark Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour.
Jurys Inn hotels are ideally situated in city centres across the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Their hotels provide guests with extremely convenient locations from which to enjoy local attractions and are renowned for their superb customer service and friendly welcome.
20 June 2019
JOG members can now track their JOG miles and hours for completed races. Members can opt to be included in the public leaderboards on the JOG site and automatically be entered for prizes at the end of the season. Simply log in to your MyJOG account, select MyJOG Miles and set a public name of how you would like to be known then select the option to be included on the public leaderboards.
You can also see all your achievements as a crew member or skipper for this and past seasons.
If you’re not a current member, supporting JOG by joining is simple, just click on the Join button on the website. Crew Membership is only £21 per year; this all goes towards supporting JOG, who are a non-profit making organisation run by and for members.
Members’ also benefit from discounts from our partners, including Exposure Lights and a soon to be announced major marine clothing company. You can access our expanding membership benefits here: https://www.jog.org.uk/members-benefits/
21 May 2019
So after a friendly night in Yarmouth catching up with the Joggers it was time for the race home Sunday.
The start line was crowded again and very little wind but we set off close hauled up the Solent to the first mark Quinnell, just beyond Lepe Spit. We didn’t get the best start but we were slightly more south than the rest of the fleet and this was to our advantage as this was where the wind was. As the lead boats sailed into a wind hole on the north shore before Beaulieu , we tacked back south along with Just So and Mzungu and we sailed past the leaders. For a while this position was looking very very good.
With the very last of the tide the fleet started to bunch up around Lepe spit, I’ve never been North of the South Cardinal before... but hey ho it was high water and others were closer in ... and Fortune favours the brave (The last time I said that was on RORC Cervantes and the result was the Spinnaker wrap that crashed us out of the race) . Anyway we sailed over Lepe spit with 1m under the keel... plenty of depth!
Then in a cruel twist that is racing the wind died.... and the tide strengthen.... and so the fleet went back over Lepe spit inside the cardinal. This time we had less than 1m under the keel, and the engine running in neutral just in case. Then some wind appeared so we carried on, again back over Lepe spit.
Our position was not too bad as we now set off upwind to make Prince Consort. Over to Bramble bank, again inside the buoys to get uptide of Prince consort. At this point Mzungu was past us but many boats had gone too far, caught by a wind shift so we were still ok. Also plenty of boats had retired due to the lack of wind so we knew we had already beaten a few.
In the end It was another tack to get round Prince consort which lost us a bit of time but we were headed for the end, tide whisking us along we decided to make the most and even though it was a short distance fly the S2 to the end.... what an error! The wind shifted off ahead of us off Cowes and complete died, so now we have an S2 flapping against the forestay that needed to get snuffed ASAP. The heading was not good enough to get inside the final buoy of the line so ourselves and Nimrod drifted past the line outside the outer mark of Gurnard. This was a disaster! White sails were not enough to make progress against the tide so in a slight SW breeze the S2 went up again so we could claw our way back up tide and cross the line.
Finally we made it and placed 4th out of 7 in 2H so not too bad. I’m now anxiously waiting the updated seasons points as after 3 races I think I might be second in the inshore series... which is a bit of a result given my sum total ever of round the cans races is only 5.
21 May 2019
Compared to AZAB (2400 miles) a race to Yarmouth from Cowes (20miles) should be a doddle. However to make any race boats go you need wind and today there was very little about this morning.
The first attempt to start JOG class 4 was aborted as too many boats were OCS ( =over the line) we were a little way back so on the restart it gave us a chance to get closer. Even closer with such a strong tide it took us, and many others , 4 minutes and lots of tacks to get over the line. First mark was east knoll so we headed off straight over the top of Bramble bank ...this is ok as it was high tide.
Round the first mark we had a good swop to the code zero and thought we were doing ok until a J105 came past. Just before the mark our friends on Azygos had overtaken us ...neither of us know where their wind came from.
Then it was a long leg down to Newton creek, initially the boats that stayed north like Mzungu looked like they had more wind but then the wind dropped for all of us and the better course was the south side with the tide taking us to the mark. By this time we felt a long way back but we beat Mzungu to the mark. Then we were in luck , a lot of the lead boats had been swept past the next mark on the tide. We zoomed across on the code zero and nearly made the mark but the wind died and it was too close , I turned downwind but then lost speed so joined the pile of boats trying to gybe there way round the mark . This was really frustrating as we had the chance to sweep by the fleet. Third time lucky we made it.
The it was 2 tacks to round the last mark and we were finished I was delighted to be 3rd out of 11 in doubled handed class and 11/16 in class 4 though only 5 minutes of 6th place Same again tomorrow as we race home.
08 May 2019
Well, that was very interesting!
We are still learning about Sapphire and the differences between a design originating in the 60’s and one from the late 90’s. After the excitement of Friday night we can truthfully say that what was testing on Sapphire would have been truly frightening on Ariane. The assertion that you can still have directional control down the face of a breaking wave, and that you can hit speeds of 15 knots just under a double reefed main and no headsail would have been met with sarcastic laughter from Ariane’s crew this time last year. To reinforce the difference between the two designs, throughout the night Seb was able to keep the on-watch crew supplied with hot drinks and snacks, even whilst your correspondent was driving (a man known far and wide for his incompetence at helming downwind); that would have been impossible a year ago.
With winds forecast to veer from the west to north-east after the start, possibly rising to force 4, we planned accordingly. Choosing the small spinnaker was dictated by the likelihood of the heavier winds being at night and deciding not to ship anything smaller than a no.2 (apart from storm sails of course) by the expectation that anything smaller wouldn’t be needed – how wrong can you be?
We had one of our best starts ever, crossing the line a close second to Virago and we stayed at the head of the fleet some way past Bembridge Ledge, but as the wind veered and the sea became unpleasantly knobbly we failed to gybe early enough. When at last we gybed it took five minutes and a couple of wraps, so dropped the spinny put in one reef and put up the Code 0 which took us through the growing breeze until about 3 a.m. when the sheet decided it was drop time and released itself. It must have been prescient, because almost immediately the wind added a couple of forces and left us having to sail bareheaded, having no sensibly sized headsails on board. Quite soon a second reef was needed, but our speed didn’t drop, quite the reverse, our highest speed and longest surfs were recorded under this rig.
Like many boats we suffered some damage; in our case splits to a couple of the mainsail’s panels and loss of the main’s luff tape, but fortunately no damage to the 28 day rib-eye steaks that our new fridge has allowed us to carry as survival rations. We would not have chosen to in those wind speeds in the dark and rain, but having done so, we have gained confidence in the ability of Sapphire to look after us when things get tough – a great result in its own right.
29 April 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.
15 April 2019
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
09 April 2019
25 March 2019
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.
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:
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 https://www.jog.org.uk/live-results/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.