SB20 Worlds – Final Day Disappointment for RSA Team

Roger Hudson, Asenathi Jim and crew in a file pic of the SB20.
Roger Hudson, Asenathi Jim and crew in a file pic of the SB20.

It has been very difficult getting info on this event, which is why nothing was posted on the final day.

It’s sad to report that the RSA Team of Roger Hudson, Asenathi Jim, Alex Burger and Taariq Jacobs dropped out of medal contention on the final day with two really bad races. In the penultimate race the RSA team chose a pin-end start, but were early and had to gybe out, thus struggling to find a lane back and were nearly last at the windward mark. They eventually finished 24th in the first race – a really good recovery.

As they had not had a result outside the top ten all regatta, and their closest rivals had, this ‘discard’ result did not deter them too much as it in fact put them in quite a strong position overall due to their rivals having to carry a score in double figures.

In the final race, while trying to be conservative, they were forced over the line at the pin by an almost out-of-control competitor trying to squeeze into a hole that was simply not big enough. In avoiding a collision Hudson was forced over and received a UFD – U-Flag Disqualification – ending their dreams of a podium finish – and even overall victory.

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