JOG is a yacht club with a difference and steeped in history. Established in 1950 to enable smaller yachts to compete offshore, it organises highly competitive races for IRC rated yachts. Our vibrant yacht club prides itself on its inclusivity and providing organised, competitive yacht racing ensuring long-lasting broad appeal.
JOG runs a full programme every season grouped into an inshore and offshore series. Competitors expect to enjoy a high standard of racing using internationally recognised racing standards. We're a community that shares unique yacht racing experiences and emphasise the social aspect of JOG. We regularly host events and parties after races at ports throughout the evening that deliver live music, exquisite food and reflect on the day's competition.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
27 February 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on the water!