Wave Train - photograph copyright Hamo Thornycroft
The Weymouth JOG 2008   Back to the main gallery page

In 2008 CSORC competed in the Weymouth JOG (Cowes to Weymouth) on board Treasurer Richard Palmer's J/109.

Practice day

The crew assembles at the new Banana Wharf bar at Port Hamble.

Port Hamble

The day of the race was superb, and an early rise saw us on the water by 07:30, making our way to the start. It was the weekend of the IRC Nationals, as well as the other categories in our race, so there were plenty of other yachts about. Our start, though not quite as planned, saw us inshore across the start line, between Gurnard and the hard stuff, with a healthy tide carrying us on our way. We quickly tacked and over-hauled manyof our competitors, working our way down the Solent in a fickle, light wind. Our northerly line seemed to be paying dividends and we were well up the fleet by time we got to the Needles – in fact, possible the leading J109.

The Start

After clearing the Shingles, our tactics for the eastern leg of the race involved a middling course, not too far in or out, since the tide would be foul soon after our exit from the Solent. We duly worked our way on a beat, towards our destination, passing close to St Albans Head. By this time the fleet was well spread out, with our competitors fairly evenly choosing the inside, middle and seaward courses. The wind strengthened and stabilised, at times to the limit of the #1 genoa we carried for the entire race.

Left: Off the Dorset coast bound for Weymouth.

Right: Arrival in Weymouth harbour.

The fleet closed at Portland and we seemed to be doing quite well, though rather frustratingly our arch rivals on Red Arrow, whose more southerly course was now to their advantage, were now sailing freer and faster towards the finish. But we kept our concentration and rounded the final mark to the finish in 10th place out of 16, with a corrected time of 8hr 10min.
The Trip Back


Our return the following day was a leisurely one, taking in a visit to Lulworth Cove and providing the opportunity to fly the asymmetric for much of the journey.

Lulworth Cove




The Jurassic Coast



Right: When the Long Trick's Over.
Copyright Civil Service Offshore Racing Club 2008