SOUTH AFRICA'S 420 TEAMS BATTLE IT OUT AT FIRST EVENT OF SOUTHERN CHARTER CLASSIC SERIES
The first event of South Africa's annual Southern Charter Classic Series kicked off over the weekend of 8-9 September at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club, just south-east of Cape Town.
The lake sailing threw up a real mix of conditions, but superb race strategy and performance from the pair of Duane Petertsen/Fayaad Shaik saw them take out 6 of the 7 race wins. Their 6th place in race 2 was discarded, giving them the opening event win by a 9 point advantage. Second to Amir Yaghya/Shane Joseph, who picked up the only other race win, and third to Musa Shongwe/Seun Africa.
Featuring a mix of boats, the Southern Charter Classic Series continues on 2018-2019 Southern Charter Classics - Event 2 at Theewater Sports Club on 1-2 December, concluding with Event 3 at Hermanus Yacht Club on 9-10 February 2019. Before then, the 2018 South African 420 National Championships takes place back at Zeekoevlei Yacht Club on 21-24 September 2018.
There is a resurgence of 420 Sailing in South Africa, encouraged very much by the success of the nation's sailors on the Olympic stage, particuarly Asenathi Jim/Roger Hudson of Team Race Ahead who competed in the 470 Men event at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.