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Team RSA Magic claimed victory at the Fareast 28R World Championship in China, where they were competing against 26 teams from 14 countries.

The championships came to an end after four days of racing at the Fuxian Lake, where waters provided some challenging conditions during 11 races.

‘It was a fantastic opportunity,’ said two-time Olympian Roger Hudson, who skippered the boat along with Malcolm Hall.

‘The championship was in a beautiful place in Lake Fuxian, 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-based team were already on top, having claimed four race wins and earning themselves a six-point advantage. The talented team took a second-place spot 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,’ Hudson admitted. ‘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 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 was comprised of Malcolm Hall, the owner of our Cape 31 Magic and myself, fellow Olympian Asenathi Jim, Alex Burger, Alex Ham and Calvin Gibbs, we had a very strong team and 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. 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.’

Photo: Team RSA Magic, supplied by Fareast28R World Championships


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