05 January 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.