470 Worlds – RSA 11th Overall

by Richard Crockett A very disappointing second half of the world championship regatta saw the RSA pairing of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson drop to 11th place overall – and miss the cut for that very vital medal race. The 470 Men’s fleet was put on notice that South Africa’s 470 sailors are well and truly in the hunt for glory when Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson’s scorching performance on day 3 saw them take the series lead. The pair ... Read More »

470 Worlds – RSA’s Tough & Disappointing Day

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 ... Read More »

South Africa Scores First Ever 470 World Championship Race Win

By Richard Crockett They’ve done it! Brilliant news is that our RSA pairing of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson have won the 5th race of the 470 World Champs. PLUS they now lead the 40-strong fleet at the top of the leader board after 5 races. A win at a World Championship is a pretty special achievement, and even more so for the recently crowned 470 African Champions, Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson, as it marks their first ever World’s ... Read More »

470 Worlds – Hudson & Jim Steam Into 3rd Overall

Another light start to the day, with 2 knots the only breeze sniffing around the race track at the scheduled start time of 1400 hours. Postponements ashore saw teams relaxing around the venue and generally chilling in this very beautiful location at Club Nautico San Isidro. Patience from the Race Committee and teams, as everyone waited for an opening in the weather, which eventually delivered around 1745 hours. Racing got underway in the late afternoon in an 8-9 knot easterly ... Read More »

470 Worlds – Argentina. Solid Start for Hudson & Jim

by Richard Crockett The opening day of racing at the 470 World Championships in San Isidro, Argentina was initially dogged by light wind, and just 2 races were sailed. Getting on the scoresheet early on is important as it sets the tone and gives some margin of safety net. For some the opening day couldn’t have been better, for others the game plan didn’t quite unfold as intended. In a light and shifty breeze and a hard to read race ... Read More »

RSA 470 Olympic Team Taking on the World

Our South African Olympic team of Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim are preparing for the 470 World Championship which begin on Saturday 20 February. Ranked 20th in the World in the 470 class, this event is key preparation for this pairing as they build up to the Olympic Games in Rio in August. The worlds will be raced on the waters off Club Nautico in San Isidro, a province just north of Buenos Aires. Whilst the biggest focus in 2016 ... Read More »

World Sailing Cup Miami – Yoyo’s for RSA’s Hudson & Jim

by Richard Crockett The final 3 races saw Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson in contention for a spot in the Medal Race, and started off the penultimate day with a 4th – a solid result in this fleet. It looked as if they were putting their two OCS (on course side) results behind them, but that was not to be. A 14 and a 21 in the final two races saw them slip a place overall, yet still qualify for ... Read More »

Sailing World Cup Miami – RSA’s Hudson & Jim 3rd

by Richard Crockett Torrential rainfall and a chill in the air did not affect the RSA team of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson who dashed into 3rd place in race 7, obviously revelling in the conditions which reminded them of their winter training back home off Cape Town. Sailors were made to wait for racing on Thursday as torrential downpours killed off the breeze and produced large quantities of surface water. When the breeze materialised it enabled the sailors to ... Read More »

Sailing World Cup Miami – Two OCS Starts for RSA Duo

Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson are seasoned international campaigners who know exactly what it takes to win races and finish on the podium. They also know that two OCS (on course side) results in race 3 and race 5 have significantly hurt their chances in an event they started off so well when they won race 1. But that’s yacht racing – and top sailors will tell you that if you are not OCS at least once in 10 starts ... Read More »

Sailing World Cup Miami – Hudson & Jim Plagued by Light Winds

by Richard Crockett After a stunning opening first race which the RSA pairing of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson won, day two ended up a frustrating affair with ultra-light winds and results the two ‘Japies’ would be annoyed about. It was all about the pressure – wind pressure that is as racing took place in conditions which were on the edge of being unsailable. With so little pressure one has to pay attention and stay focussed ALL the time. It ... Read More »

Vasco da Gama Race 2016 – 10th Entry Received

Jasper van der Westhuizen has entered ‘Izimoya II’ a Wayward 37 in the monohull rally class. He has been sailing since the ‘70s where he started in Port Elizabeth on the Zwartkops river in a Sprog. His law practice took him to Pretoria where the lack of wind compared to what he was used to in Port Elizabeth, saw him lose interest in sailing. But once bitten with the sailing bug, it’s hard to ever lose interest, so he came ... Read More »

Sailing World Cup Miami – RSA Pairing Win Race 1

by Richard Crockett Having spent the southern hemisphere summer training like demons possessed off Cape Town, and training a squad of up-and-coming youngsters, Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudsons determination and training has begun to pay off handsomely as they won the first race of the Sailing World Cup in Miami. These two guys are so determined, while Hudson is grooming Asenathi and a yet to be selected crew for serious contention in the 2020 Olympics, one simply has to be ... Read More »

470 African Champs – Angola Win Rio Olympic Place. RSA Win Overall

The 470 African Championship was a ground-breaking moment for sailing in Africa, as the event marked the first ever 470 African Championships and first Continental Olympic Qualification Event. Eleven races and five days of competition saw Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson crowned the inaugural 470 African Champions and Angola claim it’s place on the starting line at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Jim & Hudson jostled for the Championship title with team mates Sibusiso Sizatu & Alex Burger, who ... Read More »

Lipton Cup 2016 – Letter from Trustees

Lipton Cup 2016 Please see the letter from the Chairman of the Lipton Trustees. The trustees would like all responses by the end of February in order to confirm any intentions or changes to the class of boat for future events in March. Click to read the letter: Lipton Cup Class of boat 2016 Read More »

Vasco da Gama Race – Mileage & Experience Opportunities aboard JML Rotary Scout

Mileage Building Opportunities between March and May. JML Rotary Scout have some opportunities for skippers and crew wanting to do some mile building aboard their 39’ Tosca ‘Rotary Scout’ from March to May this year as we are taking her up to Durban to participate in the Vasco da Gama Race from Durban to Port Elizabeth in April. Below are the intended date ranges for each leg to allow for some flexibility to take advantage of weather windows. The dates ... Read More »