The Round Jamaica Yacht Race 2018, with title sponsors Info Exchange and Toyota Jamaica, started promptly at 12 noon from the Grand Port Royal Hotel on November 30, 2018. The rain which started the day, certainly did not cause a damper on the proceedings. Sponsors, participants, friends and well- wishers came out in support despite the inclement weather and offered a great send off to the teams. The rain cleared up and allowed for a beautiful day for the five boats participating to raise their masts and set off on their journey. Of the five boats, one took a westerly route while the other four opted to start off in an easterly direction. The winner of this year’s non-stop round the island race is the loan entrant from Cayman, Java Knight. The First 47.7 Shoal Draft skippered by David Carmichael and sailed by a crew of nine, ended the tumultuous journey in a time of 55 hours and 24 minutes. This was the first time that a vessel from the Cayman Islands was entering the competition, and the first time that an entrant went in a westerly direction around the island.
Second across the line was Jazz, an Express 37 out of Kingston, skippered by Richard Jackson with a crew of six, crossed the finish line in 65 hours and 45 minutes. In the true spirit of sailing, as unpredictable as the weather, the three other boats participating experienced very unexpected and challenging conditions, including a 40 knot squall off the South Coast, unfortunately causing them not to finish the race. Momentum, the gunboat from Montego Bay, was the first to experience damage to its rudder, the locally built Perseverance, had its rig broken, and the reigning champion from the inaugural race, Breakaway, was demasted off the coast of Old Harbour only 13 miles from the finish line.
Despite these, however, there was no harm to any participants, and a great time
was had by all!
Social media was a buzz this year, with many following the race live on the website, and via the live updates on Facebook. The live tracking provided by Hidden Technology allowed for everyone to be able to track the progress of the boats not only locally but on the international scene. We received messages of support from as far as Canada and France from persons enjoying the journey along with us. Hearty congratulations to Java Knight and Jazz, and well done to Momentum, Perseverance and Breakaway! Looking forward to doing it all again in 2020! The management and planning committee of the RJYR 2018 would like to say many thanks to the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, the JDF Coast Guard, all sponsors, media houses, supporters and the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club for their input to make this year’s race the success it was. We look forward to your continued support and participation for the next race in 2020!
Principal Sponsor: Info Exchange Ltd
Other sponsors include:
Toyota, Jamaica – GOLD SPONSOR
Shields Crime & Security
Hidden Technology Systems International
Pure National Ice
JSD Marketing & Promotional Services Ltd.
Blitz Web Design
Evian -Natural Spring Water
Contact: Mark Shields
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