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!