470 Worlds – It’s a Wrap

Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu in amongst the best 470 sailors in the world.
pic by International 470 Class Association / Nikos Alevromytis

by Richard Crockett

Our local RSA guys were not able to sustain their good early event results on the final day, and slumped to 27th overall, with 25; 22 & 34th position results on the final day.

Their dreams of a top 20 result were not realised, but a lot of good has come from this event – especially when one realises that Asenathi Jim, and in particular crewman Sibu Sizatu was competing at this level for the first time.

They made the Gold Fleet cut-off, and had some really good starts – two vital ingredients for success. Plus they had loads of big fleet experience.

Being a lightweight combination the wind on the final day was probably not really to their liking, being in the 12 – 14 knot range.

Overall they were in the top half of a tough international fleet with competitors from 32 nations, so the future must surely be bright for these two young up-and-coming Black sailors who are undoubtedly the most exciting dinghy racing pairing since readmission.

Well done guys – and keep the flag flying high.

Regrettably the RSA women of Tammy Holden and Lea Smit did not fare well at all, finishing last in their class. But at least they have experience what is required to compete with the very best in the world.

RESULTS – Men 470 men Final overall-men (2)

Results – Women Women 470 Final overall-women (2)