Created: 21 Nov 2010 20:31
Updated: 29 Nov 2010 16:35

The Junior Offshore Group (JOG) held their annual prizegiving in Southampton on the 20th November 2010. Club boat Juno entered the series and the majority of Juno's crew attended to pick up some of the silverware. (Full story here). JOG was founded in 1950 to provide offshore racing for yachts that were too small to take part in racing organised by RORC at that time. One of the founding members was Capt John Illingworth.JOG has always had an emphasis on safety, and an extract from the minutes of the second meeting shows they were already trying to ensure they would not encourage dangerous habits -

'Certificates of Raceworthiness - Ship's side life lines not less than 6 per cent of the beam in height must be fitted, and they must be of wire rope on properly fitted stanchions.'

Initially races were cross channel starting from Newhaven but soon moved to Cowes where they have their own start line by Gurnard NCM. These days races are split into two groups and generally speaking each group races on alternate weekends.  The first set of races are inshore passage races, usually between 20 and 30 miles long, and secondly, offshore races, usually across channel of between 75 miles and 165 miles in length. Recently a long race of about 350 miles to La Trinité-sur-Mer has been introduced and is held biannually on alternate years to the Fasnet race. Read the report of Juno's race this year.

JOG Captain Paul Harding said "The Club has continued to enjoy success even in these difficult financial times. Race entries for 2010 saw 105 more entries into our races than in 2009 – a significant increase and a good indicator that offshore racing is a little more robust than Britains economy."

Next year JOG are holding their 60th anniversary regatta in Falmouth with a mix of "round the cans" and short passage races.