Cape Town sailors Asenathi Jim and Roger Hudson have once again punched above their weight at the 470 World Championships being sailed in Barceolona, Spain, writes Mark Etheridge.
The championships is the final qualifying event for the London Olympics later this year.
Monday saw three races being sailed and the Royal Cape Yacht Club duo and recorded results of 13th, fourth and seventh in the three races sailed.
The duo are currently racing in the red fleet as the 95 boats are divided into three fleets for the initial stages of the event.
Of the unqualified Olympic contenders, Russia are 13th overall while South Africa’s good results on Monday saw them move up from 28th to 19th spot.
Their fourth place in race three on Tuesday was particularly pleasing for the South Africans who sport No10 on their main sail. Said Jim on the official race website:┬áÔÇ£We had a great start, we thought we were over, but other boats went back and the flag went down, so we knew we were clear. We then just put our heads down and hammered the boat and made some good calls upwind. At a 470 World Championships to round the top mark first was a good moment for us and a first.ÔÇØ
Should they show the same form on Tuesday, a critical day of the championships, the duo should find themselves part of the gold fleet for the next stages of the competition when the boats get re-assigned.
South Africa now have 34 points after four races while world champions Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page of Australia have four.