by Richard Crockett
“We are delighted to have hosted the inaugural Cape Town Classic – as spontaneously named by the group of competing sailors!” said Roger Hudson.
Obviously this piqued my interest so I had to find out more … .
Quite simply it is the first ‘international Olympic 470 event’ ever held here in South African waters. It comprised 8 races in winds ranging from 6 to 30 knots.
Following two weeks of intensive 470 training involving teams from Canada, Sweden and South African, including 10 young South African sailors, the camp was wrapped up with an actual regatta off Granger Bay, beneath the majestic Table Mountain and right in the City of Cape Town.
The racing was won by Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson, followed by the Swedish team of Carl-Frederick Fock & Marcus Dackhammer, with Canadians Jacob & Graeme Saunders third.
“We are starting small with this, but we would love to see it GROW!” said Hudson. “To all those around the world – feel free to come and join us next time here in South Africa!”
Philip Baum, President of SAS (South African Sailing) was more forthright in his wishes: “The photographs bring this training event to life and put a Big Stake in the ground laying claim to Granger Bay being a preferred global off season sail training centre. From humble origins come great traditions!” he said.
1 RSA Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson
2 SWE Carl-Frederick Fock & Marcus Dackhammer
3 CAN Jacob Saunders & Graeme Saunders
4 RSA Brevan Thompson & Alex Burger
5 RSA Taariq Jacobs & Josh Rubenstien
6 RSA Jason Gray & Dan Spratley
Hudson also thanked the many sponsors who helped make this happen. They are:
Southern Charter Wealth Management; Synergy Income Fund; OpenBox Software; SA Sailing; SASCOC; MACSTEEL; Musto; Southern Ropes; MACS Shipping.