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Jangada Takes Overall Victory

Season Champions Jangada
Season Champions Jangada – 📸 James Tomlinson / RORC

With trophies dating back to the last century the RORC Season’s Points Championship is an integral part of yacht racing history – 2022 was no exception. More than 4,000 sailors from around the world, racing on 394 different yachts, took part in the 2022 RORC Season’s Points Championship. The world’s largest offshore racing series included 16 action packed races and was rounded off with the Cherbourg Race in September. 

The season started out with the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Transatlantic Race and Caribbean 600, a welcome return to international offshore racing following the pandemic. Teams from all over the world travelled around competing before returning to the UK for the rest of the season. As well as the many shorter offshore races based in and around the Solent and the Channel, teams also took on the Round Ireland Race and the new Baltic Sea Race as a warm up for the mammoth Round Britain and Ireland Race. 

Caribbean 600 Race Start
Caribbean 600 Race Start – 📸 RORC / Tim Wright

North Sails clients have once again had a very successful season. All of the top ten boats in the IRC Overall results were powered by North Sails. North Sails also rounded out the podiums in IRC Zero, IRC One and IRC Two. 

Long standing North Sails customer Richard Palmer won the series overall on his JPK 1010 Jangada having been aiming for the coveted RORC Jazz Trophy for several years now. Rounding off the season with the overall win in the Round Britain and Ireland Race, Richards comprehensive campaign the year could not have gone much better for Jangada. Richard Palmer and his co-skippers competed in 12 of the 16 races including the Transatlantic Race, Caribbean 600 and Round Britain and Ireland Race. As well as their epic RBIR win, some of their best results included double handed wins in the Rolex Middle Sea Race and the RORC Caribbean 600. Over the season Jangada and her full suite of North Sails covered over 7000 nautical miles this year – some serious miles!

Other notable North Sails IRC Overall wins include:

  • James Neville’s Cervante’s Race and Myth of Malham victory on HH42 Ino XXX.
  • Christopher Agace took the De Guingand Bowl Race overall on his 3300 Atomic.
  • The Morgan Cup was won overall by 3300 Chilli Pepper owned by Jim and Ellie Driver.
  • Laurent Charmy won the Round Ireland Race onboard his J111 SL ENERGIES Groupe Fastwave.
  • La Trinite Cowes Race was won by Erin de Turckheim’s Teasing Machine.
  • Niklas Zennstrom won the Channel Race on the new Ran CF-520.
  • Mike Moxley rounded up the season winning the final race, the Cherbourg Race, onboard HOD 35 Malice.

Congratulations to all the North Sails customers on an awesome season, the teams will receive their awards at the Royal Ocean Racing Club ‘Oscars’ in November in London. The 2023 RORC Season’s Points Championship starts at the end of the month with the 43rd edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race starting from Grand Harbour, Malta.

1st Jangada – North

2nd Diablo – Partial

3rd Bellino – North

4th Tigris – North

5th Chilli Pepper – North

6th Jujitsu British Soldier – Partial

7th Sea Bear – North

8th Jago – None

9th Cora – North

10th Mojo Rising – North

Channel Race Winners Ran
Channel Race Winners Ran – 📸 Rick Tomlinson / RORC
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