OLYMPIANS BACK AT THE TOP ON RACE DAY 416 Jan 2016
After the fourth day of racing at the 470 African Championships in Cape Town, the South African Olympic team of Asenathi Jim/Roger Hudson have claimed back pole position.
The team have been sparring with their training partners Sibusiso Sizatu/Alex Burger each day of the Championships, as the lead and the yellow jerseys have swapped hands.
A windward-leeward course was set, and two back to back races were to be completed. In contrast to the previous days, a lack of wind caused a postponement to the opening race of the day, and the Race Officer opted to relocate the course further offshore. A ninety minute wait and race 9 got underway in an easterly breeze of 14-15 knots. Asenathi Jim/Roger Hudson (RSA1) took a convincing win over Sibusiso Sizatu/Alex Burger (RSA11), with Ricky Robinson/Brennan Robinson (RSA8) in third.
Nerves and pushing forwards on the start line for race 10 meant a general recall, and the restart under black flag saw a clean start. The win again went to Asenathi Jim/ Roger Hudson (RSA1), with a swap in finishing order behind seeing Ricky Robinson/Brennan Robinson (RSA8) count a second place and Sibusiso Sizatu/ Alex Burger (RSA11) in third.
After Saturday’s racing, and 10 fleet races, the top 3 teams overall are:
Asenathi Jim/Roger Hudson (RSA 1) – 15 pts
Sibusiso Sizatu/Alex Burger (RSA 11) – 17 pts
Brevan Thompson/Alexander Ham (RSA 12) – 27 pts
The Medal Race is scheduled to start at 1300 on Sunday 17 January.
Photographs of today’s racing courtesy of Championship photographer Trevor Wilkins are available at:
Results - http://2016africans.470.org/uploaded_files/Document_2859_20160114192543_en.pdf
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