JOG Secretary Peter Chartres has announced his intention to retire next spring from the role he has held for almost 20 years.
Speaking of his decision Peter said “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve both JOG as a club, and the JOG racers, for almost two decades. They are an amazing bunch of committed and talented sailors. I’ve had a lot of fun, great adventures and made many good friends along the way. I am now looking forward to being able to explore other projects, travel, & take summer holidays which have been a little tricky to fit in around the race calendar. I won’t be vanishing completely, and will regularly be on the start line to wave at everyone as part of the race team.”
The club are truly grateful for the loyalty and commitment Peter has put into ensuring the smooth running of JOG, which, as one of the most successful offshore and coastal racing clubs in the UK, runs around 17 races a year. JOG has a thriving racing community across classes 3,4,5 & 6, and a reputation for not only being a truly competitive racing club but also a welcoming and sociable community, enjoying their post-race gatherings in host ports.
Finding a successor for Peter was never going to be an easy task, but the JOG Flag Officers and Committee are delighted to announce that taking over the reins of Club Secretary will be Nick Barlow, who as outgoing Captain and long time JOG racer is perfectly positioned to maintain JOG’s ethos of Corinthian racing and provide continuity working with Peter to ensure a smooth handover.
JOG President David McGough said “For the role of Secretary we need someone who understands JOG, our values, and how we function. I'm delighted to endorse Nick's appointment. Peter, and his wife Sandie, have epitomised JOG, making the right decisions about the racing in difficult circumstances, ensuring JOG values are upheld and giving diplomatic guidance to the members and the committees over the years. Peter and Sandie have always gone above & beyond to ensure our members have a great experience when racing, both in race organisation and management. They have shown a dedication which has made JOG what it is today. When I think of JOG, I think of Peter at the end of a race, providing the most incredible welcome for all entrants even when he has been up all night. He's there from the first arrivals to the last, and will always ensure any new participants are introduced to the community. We are very sad to see him retire but delighted that he will still be on hand as one of our race officers, and to support the new Secretary, Nick Barlow. We hope he enjoys having more free time and thank him for his long service.”
JOG Captain & future Secretary Nick Barlow says “It’s a great honour to be able to continue to serve JOG, and join a long list of highly respected members of the sailing community who have previously held the role. There are a lot of people who love and respect Peter, so these are big boots to fill, but I know I will have his full support to ensure a smooth transition into the 2017 racing season.”The 2017 JOG season starts on Saturday 1st April 2017 with the ever popular Nab Tower race. Perfect for blowing away winter cobwebs. Entry Forms will be available from mid February