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 the Medal race.
The wind had, all week, been quite variable, with the final day perhaps being the most challenging day when it came to predicting what would happen to the wind speed and direction. It was very shifty with holes and no wind at times. Plus, the wind was expected to bend to the left because of the land, but the wind always kept going to the right.
The Medal Race saw Hudson & Jim finish 9th in another light, tough race which one competitors said was “an easy race to become frustrated with as it was very shifty and variable”.
Hudson and Jim will not move on to their next event satisfied with their performance, as those striving for excellence never are. They opened the event by winning race 1 – and closed the fleet racing part in 21st spot. Of the 10 race they finished 6 races in the top 10 – so now need to get more consistent results in every race and event. They will be satisfied with making the medal race as this is one of their goals – to be in the medal race in each event.
Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson
1; 9; OCS; 10; OCS; 6; 3; 4; 14; 21