August 2018 ‘Raymarine’ Sailor of the Month – Roger Hudson

The Royal Cape Yacht Club Team with Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim holding the trophy.
L-R. William Crockett; Roger Hudson; Asenathi Jim; Joweal Klaase; Alex Burger; Benji Daniel & Rivaldo Arendse.
pic by Richard Crockett/SAILING Mag Blog

The month in which the Lipton Cup is sailed always highlights some interesting characters and even more important, some incredible performances.

It’s hardly surprising then that Roger Hudson is the one to be singled out as he skippered the RCYC team to a Lipton victory on ‘foreign’ waters by winning 4 of the 5 races.

While this was an emphatic win, it simply does not tell the whole story.

Hudson is the kind of sailor who takes nothing at face value, asking questions, evaluating and most importantly of all by selecting top crew who are happy to put time and effort into the campaign on the water where it all counts.

His crew prepared their boat well, spent time in Cape Town training, testing sails and sail configurations, and ultimately honing their on-board manoeuvres to perfection. This was the slickest team on the water.

What few realised is that they played the starts safely knowing that an OCS would immediately put them out of the running, so they hung back, positioned themselves well, and proceeded to sail through the fleet on the first leg to be handily placed in the top 3 at the weather mark in every race, from where they would pull ahead – winning 4 races back-to-back.

Finally, they gave a masterclass of a performance in light wind sailing in the final race when they led the fleet by some 6 minutes at one stage.

Hudson was the mastermind of this campaign and its victory, which is why he has been singled out for this award. But he was backed-up my the incredibly talented crew of Asenathi Jim (helmsman); Joweal Klaase; Alex Burger; Rivaldo Arendse and Benji Daniel, with William Crockett as Manager.

2019 Sailors of the Month

FebruaryDale Kushner
MarchMike Hayton
AprilMalcolm Hall
MayPaul Lagesse
JulySean Kavanagh
AugustAndrew Tarboton
SeptemberMike Hayton & David Rae
OctoberCampbell Alexander & Dave Herridge
NovemberMarkus Progli & Richard Hutton-Squire
DecemberMatt Ashwell and Rivaldo Arendse

Roll of Honour – Sailors of the Year

2019Mike Hayton
2018Tina Plattner
2017Alex Burger & Benji Daniel
2016Rob van Rooyen
2015Stefano Marcia
2014Blaine Dodds
2013Asenathi Jim
2012Roger Hudson
2011Stefano Marcia
2010Asenathi Jim
2009Taariq Jacobs
2008David Hudson
2007Dominique Provoyeur
2006Craig Millar
2005Shaun Ferry
2004Justin Onvlee
2003Dominique Provoyeur
2002Golden Mgedza
2001John Eloff