Karl Hofmeyr ‘Optimist of the Month’ – August 2017

Karl has improved beyond any expectation since the Youth Nationals in Theewaterskloof in December, qualifying for the World Championship in April in Mossel Bay.

He is a very funny companion who immediately bonded with the rest of the worlds team due to his friendly personality.

He was able to focus on intense training in such a short time due to the fact he has been swimming competitively at high levels for many years and his training ethic is impeccable.

Karl sails for Milnerton Aquatic Club and he is part of a family very involved in aquatic sports. His trip to Thailand will be his first international event.

Latest Oppie News

Optimist Sailing SA Technical Update

At Youth National 2016 a main sheet block system was queried by some parents. It appeared that the system was a 4 block system that could be adjusted to a 3 block system while racing by releasing a toggle allowing the 4th block to drop the floor. The Class Secretary noted this system and we sent it to IODA for a ruling.

The ruling returned to us was that the system, if adjustable during racing, is illegal. Please note the class rules below.

Parents are advised in future that such a system could lead to a protest and disqualification.

A four block system is allowed, however any system that allows it to be changed while racing must be disabled.


Optimist Africans and Worlds 2019 Venue & Age Limit

At a vote at Worlds 2017 in Thailand, the decision was made to hold the Africans 2019 in the Seychelles and Worlds 2019 in Antigua.

The age limit for Optimist sailors was unchanged.


Cape Town Boat Show

South African Sailing invites all competent Optimist Sailors to take part in a showcase at the Cape Town Boat Show. Space is limited!

Dates: Fri 20 – Sun 22 Oct 2017

Venue: V&A Waterfront

Yours in Oppie sailing

André Wollheim

President – Optimist Sailing SA