If he is not planning a 470 campaign, out on trapeze on a 470 or encouraging other promising South African youth in the class, Roger Hudson is on an SB20 at the World Championships. From here he and Asenathi prepare to qualify the country for a Men’s 470 Olympic slot.
Just last week he coached Asenathi Jim and Alex Burger to a Gold Fleet finish in the European 470 Champs.
This week, he together with Asenathi Jim, Alex Burger and Taariq Jacobs started preparations for the SB20 Worlds on Lake Garda.
Yesterday the event kicked off in demanding conditions, with 92 boats on the start line. Rising to the top of the leaderboard on a difficult first day was Ian Ainslie, sailing the Italian ‘Protect Tapes’ team who took a fourth in the first race before going on to win the next two, leaving them with just 6 points overnight.
In second overall is the South African ‘Race Ahead Spirit of Cape Town’ team, skippered by Roger Hudson, who put in a consistent third and fourth, before also taking a third race win in their fleet.
Well done so far guys, keep it up and bring home the gold!