470 Worlds. Races 4 & 5. Asenathi and Sibu 18th Overall

Asenathi Jim (helming) and Sibu Sizatu on trapeze in action on day 1 of the 470 Men’s Worlds.
pic by Nikos Alevromytis

by Richard Crockett

Race 4 has just finished with Asenathi Jim and Sibu Sizatu finishing 18th in the Blue fleet.

Not as good as their results from yesterday (day 1), the guys are still putting in a great performance.

Roger Hudson shared this with me about their performance yesterday:

“The boys did well yesterday. It was not conditions for a light crew. 13 knots. They had 3 very good starts on the pin end, went left as needed, and got around the 1st mark in the top 10 each time. From there they then hung on impressively against much faster boats. It was one hell of an effort. We have lighter winds forecast for the next few days which would suit them better”.

Race 5, the second race of today, had them finish in 17th place in the Blue fleet – leaving them 18th overall in a fleet of 72 boats.

It appears that from these results that they should be in the gold fleet going into the final races. This means that they get to sail against ALL the top contenders for the title.

Overall a really excellent set of results, and overall position in the fleet, for a new combination who have not sailed together for too long, and who are in their first international event as a sailing combination.

Let’s hope that tomorrow brings the weather they like as well as top class results.