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470 Junior Worlds

4th August 2013 We decided at London 2012 to launch an u-21 470 campaign for 2013, the idea being to give us a near term goal to focus on at the start of the Rio 2016 campaign, to develop 470 racing skills in South Africa and also to start the process of identifying and developing [...]

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All set at the Junior Worlds…

29 July 2013 All set here in La Rochelle for the first races of the Junior (u-21) 470 World Championships today. We decided to compete for this event just over a year ago at the London 2012 Olympics. With the help of SA Sailing who invested in six 470′s for the overall SA 470 project, [...]

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La Rochelle Pre Worlds Prep

22 July 2013 We’re in La Rochelle, France preparing for the upcoming u-21 and Open 470 World Championships. The past 10 days here have gone well and we’re feeling good as a team. We’ve taken possession of our new Mackay 470 – she looks great and is running very smoothly so far. Asenathi & Sibu [...]

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Meet Sibu Sizatu

7 July 2013 Sibu Sizatu has been selected by RaceAhead as Asenathi Jim’s team mate for the 2013 Junior (u-21) World and European Championships in France and Wales respectively. Sibu is 21 years old and learned to sail (like Asenathi) at the Izivunguvungu school in Simonstown. He is 180 cm tall and weighs 71kg. Sibu [...]

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2013 European 470 Championship

17 June 2013 After a strong opening 2 days of qualifying at the European Championships in Italy the RaceAhead 470 team of Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson managed to secure Gold Fleet qualification by placing 20th out of 69. Under the new Olympic class scoring system the team then carried their 20th as the first [...]

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2016 Campaign Update

29 May 2013 In terms of our 2016 campaign, things are progressing well and we were very happy (and a bit surprised) to have broken into the top 10 in the world rankings recently, one of the medium term goals of the project.  We know we’re going to have to perform particularly well to maintain [...]

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Team of the Year – WC Sports Awards

06 March 2013 The RaceAhead Team was delighted to win the Team of the Year Award at the Western Cape Sports Awards ceremony at the Lord Charles Hotel recently. We sincerely appreciate the recognition and this gives us added encouragement to push hard with the final part of our summer training in Cape Town as [...]

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SB20 World Champions

21 December 2012 RaceAhead’s Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson have just become sailing world champions following yesterday’s photo finish in the final race of the SB20 world championship in Hamilton Island, Australia. After a successful and satisfying 2012 the boys are looking forward to some relaxation over the Christmas break before getting back to training [...]

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SB20 World Championships

17 December 2012 Following the 470 Sail Melbourne event in early December, Roger & Asenathi linked up with Great British sailor Geoff Carveth for the 2012 SB20 World Championships at the idyllic Hamilton Island off the coast of Queensland Australia. Geoff is a UK sailing legend having won their champions of champions event, The Endeavor [...]

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Sail Melbourne World Cup 2012

8 December 2012 Good news from Melbourne – we had a tough medal race but got it in the end, finishing 2nd overall. The wind came from the desert in the North today and it was very hot, very dry and very windy. And of course very full of flies. We had to be within [...]

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2016 Campaign Underway

27 Nov 2012 The RaceAhead London 2012 Olympic 470 Sailing Team of Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson have launched their 2016 campaign. Following a 2-month break from 470 sailing after London 2012, the team started training in Simonstown with 4 young SA sailors who have produced good results at recent Youth World Championships. Asenathi & [...]

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2012 WP Sports Team of the Year

23 Nov 2012 RaceAhead’s 470 Olympic sailing Team of Asenathi Jim & Roger Hudson won the WP Sports Council Sports Team of the Year award at the annual ceremony in Cape Town last night. Asenathi Jim: “I’m very happy and honoured to win an award like this. We work extremely hard and it is nice [...]

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Township to Olympics in 18 Months

3 October 2012 The Story So Far… London 2012 Olympic sailors Asenathi Jim (20) and Roger Hudson (34) deeply surprised the Olympic sailing world by qualifying for the Olympic Games in very special circumstances. At the end of 2010 Asenathi Jim was 18 years old and he was struggling with life. Living in a township [...]

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Dreams Come True

16 August 2012 We’ve had the most amazing experience competing at London 2012. We’re extremely pleased to have achieved our first goal of qualifying for London 2012 and we gave the event everything we have and enjoyed every moment of it. We’re now looking forward taking the project forward and to working towards our goals [...]

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D-Day: Odds & Outcomes

1 August 2012 I remember watching World War 2 films when I was a kid and thinking how do they do it, those brave soldiers landing on the beach at Normandy facing a monstrous barrage of bullets and the slimmest of chances of making it up the beach alive. What must it be like to [...]

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Sail for Gold Regatta 2012

9 June 2012 We had a good opening race at Sail for Gold this year, leading in light breeze after the first hour with the World Champion Aussies chasing us. We came to the final gate mark, a couple of hundred meters to the finish still leading but neck and neck with the Aussies and [...]

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Delta Lloyd Regatta 2012

24 May 2012 Interesting regatta for us at Delta Lloyd this year. We managed to win the first race, but unfortunately were OCS. Then again we sailed a good medal race to finish 2nd but again were were OCS. Still served as a good light wind training event and it felt good to get back [...]

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Barcelona 470 World Championships

19 May 2012 We are totally elated, having secured Olympic qualification at the 470 World Championships in Barcelona by making the Gold Fleet cut (top 32 teams out of 95 entries). We stared the regatta with a solid 10th on day 1 but it was day 2 that really set us up. We got a [...]

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Dreams, Extremes & In-betweens

11 May 2012 We’re just a couple of days away from the start of the 470 Worlds Championships here in Barcelona and we’re taking it pretty easy at this stage. The boat is safely tucked under its cover and primed for the competition and our 10 days of training here are complete. We arrived in [...]

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Perfect Pyrenees

30 April 2012 On the way back from Hyeres to Barcelona, we stopped off for a couple of days rest in the Pyrenees Mountains. We stayed in a little town called Axat and went exploring…saw the surrounding villages,took a few hikes in the mountains and generally chilled out. What an amazing place to relax. All [...]

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