Captain’s Log 7th April 2017
Cherbourg beckons and fingers are crossed across JOG for good weather – let’s hope so!
I wasn’t planning on another Captain’s Log so soon but some things came out at the committee meeting last night that we think need some commentary.
Firstly as you will probably be aware from our secretary Nick’s email today the committee, after serious discussion, unanimously decided that we need to introduce a midnight Monday cut-off for entries. May I offer some rationale for this.
We have always stated in the NOR that entries close 8 days before the race and there are sound reasons for this - late entries, if accepted, pay an extra 25%. The secretary’s role is not full time and Nick is not Cowes based – we were indeed fortunate that Peter and Sandie were Cowes based and they too found late entries a difficult subject. Comparisons against other clubs only take us so far – most in the Solent are able to call on teams with no shortage of paid officers and much higher membership and race fees. In addition they have online entry platforms that flow through to payment and automated administrative functions – incidentally this is where we are intending to get to and it’s just one area Nick is investigating.
But it’s not just administration, although the hours he and Teresa are putting in would surprise everyone. Sailing can be a dangerous sport and we have a duty of care to competitors and club officers so have to be 100% certain that everyone is entered in line with our documentation. Bear in mind also that Nick has to finish the race work in good time, submit to competitors, the race volunteers and port/club contacts and then travel to the start or to a finish that often will be across the channel.
We also discussed rule observation pre and post start and the need to avoid collisions particularly pre-start – I remember Martin Banfield asking for both rule observation and understanding amongst competitors when he was Captain and would like to echo that today. The Cherbourg return start is very tight for space.
Endorsed ratings were a topic too and of course we admit both endorsed and non-endorsed boat to our races, which is well-supported. The general understanding is that boats that have raced with us for a little while and achieved some success should obtain an endorsed rating – more is within section 9 of the NOR.
Please allow some space and time for gentle evolution and I’m sure the JOG spirit will see us through to new success.
Best wishes and great sailing.