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African Optimist Championships 2016
In the set of three races held on the first day of individual competition, Lourenço Simão, Angolan National Team, leads the overall standings, having obtained a third place and two seconds. Also the Angolan selection, Osvaldo da Gama is the runner-up, having won two of the races of the day. In third place is Matt Ashwell of South Africa.
Teams in the race field of Luanda, had favorable sea with the wind blowing from the southwest at an average speed of 15 knots.
The official opening of the African Optimist Championship sailing took place on the island of Luanda, with all teams represented. Symbolically, a mixture of waters from 7 countries participating, was deposited in the sea. A symbolic gesture of unity between the African continent.
Ana Paula da Silva Neto, Secretary of State for Sport of the Republic of Angola, used the ceremony to talk about the importance of the event: “Angola is the capital of the African Championship. In addition to increasing the spirit of children, draws the attention of the adults to the sport. It’s a great way to show Angola to Africa and the world. A good way to do diplomacy”.
Nations represented in the competition are Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles and Zimbabwe, with a total of 47 athletes. The Organization of the race is in charge of the Naval Club of Luanda and the Angolan Water Sports Federation.
Report by Clube Naval de Luanda