15 November 2018 – There was joy for South Africa as RSA Magic claimed victory at the Fareast 28R World Championship in China recently.
The South African sailors emerged victorious out of 26 teams from 14 countries competing in the prestigious event.
“It was a fantastic opportunity,” said two-time Olympian Roger Hudson, who skippered the boat along with Malcom Hall.
“The championship was in a beautiful place in Lake Fuxian in south west China – a very tricky sailing venue and we certainly managed to get the hang of the place during the four/five days we had to prepare before the event.”
Heading into the fourth and final day of racing, the Cape Town team were already on top, having claimed four race wins and earning themselves a six-point advantage. The talented team took a second place in the first race of the day and then wrapped up a memorable overall win with victory in the final race of the event.
“It went really well for us. We didn’t go there expecting to win,” admitted Hudson.
“We took most of our Cape 31 team to the event in order to spend some time gelling as a team and to gain some experience in a similar boat. And it turned out it went really well for us.
“It was a fantastic event – really well-organised. We were invited by the organisers, through Royal Cape Yacht Club, to compete and they took really good care of us in terms of flying us over there and putting us in a great hotel and keeping the costs really low for us as a team,” he added.
“Our team comprised of Malcolm Hall – who’s the owner of our Cape 31 Magic – and myself, [fellow Olympian] Asenathi Jim, Alex Burger, Alex Ham and Calvin Gibbs, so a very strong team and we had a great time.
“We really enjoyed it and it was a great chance to get to know the Fareast 28 and obviously to come away with the win was a little bit beyond our expectations, but we were really pleased.
“It’s very exciting for our team who are basically a bunch of dinghy sailors, coming from that side of sailing, and we’re trying to learn and hopefully master the small keelboat sailing in the Cape 31 and some other classes. So for us it was a fantastic step in the right direction.”
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