RORC STARS

Yachts & Yachting|May 2020

RORC STARS
RUPERT HOLMES reports on the first two events of the RORC 2020 season and speaks to Trevor Middleton, owner of last year’s winner Black Sheep
RUPERT HOLMES

While there has to be some doubt as to just how much of the RORC 2020 season will take place, the first two races – the RORC Transatlantic and the Caribbean 600 – have already produced stunning sailing for more than 70 yachts.

Once again, a doublehanded boat is well placed in the early stages of the Season’s Points Championship. Richard Palmer’s JPK10.10 Jangada, with Jeremy Waitt and your scribe alternating as coskippers, narrowly missed winning the title in 2018, taking the runner-up slot just 11.5 points behind British Soldier.

This year, Palmer and Waitt finished the Transatlantic Race in 17 days. It was a performance that saw Jangada take overall victory on corrected time, ahead of significantly larger yachts, including the Wally 100 Dark Shadow and the VOR65 Childhood 1, sailed by Bouwe Bekking.

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