Going into the second day of the 2016 470 African Championships being sailed out of the Oceana Powerboat Club in Granger Bay, Cape Town, a mere two points separate the top two teams from South Africa – Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson on 15 points are being chased by Sibusiso Sizatu and Alex Burger on 17 points.
Tensions will be high today as their will be just one Medal Race today at 13h00 – a short 25 minute race – with competitors earning double points, so sailing will be hard and fast amongst the top two.
After yesterday’s racing Angola qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics – marking the first time that Angola will compete in the 470 Men sailing category since 1992.
Today’s Prize Giving & Closing will take place at 17h00 at the Oceana Power Boat Club, Granger Bay.
On the fourth day of racing (16 January 2016) the South African Olympic team of Asenathi Jim/Roger Hudson 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