by Richard Crockett
Asenathi Jim is undoubtedly giving his crew, Elsje Dijkstra, a very real taste of what top flight competition is all about as after a disappointing day 2, they bounced back with 2 results just outside the top 10 – and climbed up 3 places on the overall leader board. This was especially good due to the prevailing conditions.
Their 11th and 12th are just the kind of results they are wanting and which will give them confidence, as will their rise in rankings to 23rd overall.
Regrettably the team of Michaela Robinson and Sibu Sizatu dropped 3 places putting them in 64th place.
The breeze was around 19-21 knots, gusting up to 25 knots when racing got underway. As the afternoon unfolded, the breeze decreased, before returning to a challenging 20 knots. The sea was lumpy, with the top reach the most thrilling part of the race track as teams steamed down to the gybe mark. A few capsize and broken rudder casualties were the only consequences of a fantastic race day.
Now that 6 races have been completed the Open fleet of 77 teams will be split into gold and silver fleets for the final 6 races, which means that Asenathi Jim & Elsje Dijkstra will be racing in the Gold fleet from now.