JESS Match Cup - Calling all match racing sailors

JESS Match Cup - Calling all match racing sailors

Racing for the JESS Match Cup will be held from Saturday 1 to Monday 3 December 2018. Teams will compete in BW8 yachts at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. The World Sailing Grade 4 event will see an overall winner in the Open, Youth and Women's category. 

Expression of interest is now open and due before 1800 on Wednesday 21 November. 

Follow this link to the event website. 


The JESS programme was a unique annual event which offered young yachtsmen and women the opportunity to not only improve their skills as sailors but to develop their character and leadership qualities. From 1988 until 2016 around 160 young sailors participated in JESS. Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club was proud to continue the original concept which was the brain child of the Coaching Co-ordinator of the time, Huck Scott.

His plan outlined an opportunity for young sailors to embark on a journey that would provide them with not only an enjoyable experience but an environment to develop valuable personal skills and lifelong friends.


“The JESS Experience is demanding on the sailors, clubs, parents and team leaders, but the rewards are rich. The experience for the sailors is a once in a life time event”.


To honour the history in JESS to provide opportunities to young sailors with the sport of sailing as well as celebrating the hosting of the WMRT events in 2017, RFBYC have named the annual open match racing event the JESS Match Cup. The inaugural event was held from 22 to 24 January 2018.


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