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SA 470 due in third after three races in Argentina
- Updated: February 24, 2016
It’s been an excellent start to the 470 World Championships for SA’s Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson in Argentina.
While there may still be a way to go, with only three races completed and four days of racing to come, the Cape Town sailors are currently in third position overall, behind New Zealand and Sweden after finishing third, 16th and sixth in the opening races.
That marks their best ever start to a world championships and the pair will be hoping to continue in similar fashion as the week goes on.
‘It feels nice to be up there with the top guys and playing their game,’ Jim told the World Sailing website. ‘The three races have been fantastic and we just need to keep the momentum going and keep building on what we have. We seem to have great speed and are making good calls,’ he added.
‘It’s early days, so we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. This is the first time in six years we have ever had a brand new boat and we spent 10 days preparing it before the worlds,’ explained Hudson, referring to the boat which was funded by the National Lotteries Commission and South African Sailing.
“We definitely have an extra shade of speed that we haven’t had before, which is extremely helpful at a venue like this.’
Racing continues today in Argentina and finishes on Saturday.
Picture courtesy of Mattias Capizzano