470 Worlds – RSA’s Tough & Disappointing Day

Roger Hudson on Trapeze and Asenathi Jim at the helm during training off Cape Town.

Roger Hudson on Trapeze and Asenathi Jim at the helm during training off Cape Town.

by Richard Crockett

After a really good day on Wednesday when our RSA team of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson led the World Championship overall after winning race 5, Thursday was a tough day amongst some really tough competitors.

Having said that, just don’t ever believe that our guys are not, mentally and physically up to it. They are as tough as teak and have the mental capacity, strength and stamina to outsmart their opposition where it counts – on the water.

During the tow out to the course on Wednesday a tow rope became snared under their boat, damaging the slot gasket resulting in them spending most of the night before Thursdays race repairing it. Jim partially attributed their performance to exhaustion, saying, “We were here until late last night fixing our slot gasket, and here early this morning, I am just exhausted.” And their results showed this with a 22; 22 and 28 – pushing them down to 9th overall.

They will bounce back, of that there is no doubt, so watch this space!

Taking advantage of the morning breeze, the Race Committee got teams off early on race day 4 at the 470 Worlds to complete three races. It was a long day with around 8 hours spent out on the water.

Just two more races now remain to decide the top ten teams who will advance to Saturday’s Medal Race. Those at the front of the pack look hard to unseat, but for the teams in the lower half of the top ten leader board, anything could happen today.

470 Men – Results after 8 Races
1. Paul Snow-Hansen/Daniel Willcox (NZL 2) – 37 pts
2. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO 83) – 39 pts
3. Mathew Belcher/William Ryan (AUS 11) – 48 pts
4. Sofian Bouvet/Jérémie Mion (FRA 27) – 55 pts
5. Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergström (SWE 349) – 56 pts
6. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis (GRE 1) – 69 pts
7. Onán Barreiros Rodríguez/Juan Curbelo Cabrera (ESP 9) – 69 pts
8. Gabrio Zandona/Andrea Trani (ITA 2) – 74 pts
9. Asenathi Jim/Roger Hudson (RSA 1) – 81 pts
10. Stu McNay/David Hughes (USA 1 ) – 84 pts.470.org

Individual Results so far for Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson
3; 16; 6; 11; 1; 22; 22; 28