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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