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.