African Optimist Championships 2021 – Alexandria Egypt

The IODA Executive Committee has approved the bid from EGY to host the 2021 African Championship.  Unfortunately, TAN withdrew as the host a few months ago due to COVID 19.

The 2021 African Championship will now take place at the Montazah Water Sports, in Alexandria, Egypt from September 3 to 10th.

This Championship has been hosted 3 times at the same venue, the last in 2017, whereby 49 sailors from 10 countries from Africa and the region took part.

The event is in the capable hands of Abdelhamid Morsi, who was the Chair of the Organizing Committee at the 2017 Championship and who is back in the same role in 2021. He has the experience and commitment to ensure that the event will be a success.

Due to the late approval of the venue, the Event Microsite and NOR are currently being worked on by the Regatta Committee.

Keep an eye on the IODA Website, Facebook and/or Instagram for any news or announcements.

Looking forward to seeing our Optimist sailors in Alexandria, EGY in September!

Optimist Worlds 2021 – Riva del Garda

After a year of forced stop and the postponement of the Optimist World Championship due to the pandemic, Riva del Garda is confirmed as location of the 2021 edition of the Optimist Worlds. The hosting venue, Fraglia Vela Riva, together with all the members of the organizing committee, are ready to reorganize the event that will bring in the water the best young sailors of the World, from June 30th to July  10th, 2021.

The highlight event of the Optimist season returns to Riva del Garda after eight years: in 2013, in fact, the athlete from Singapore Loh Jia Yi, born in 1998, became World Champion on Lake Garda in a fleet of 259 young sailors.

The event of Riva del Garda will be determine who will follow in the golden books the three-times World Champion Marco Gradoni, athlete from the Tognazzi Marine Village, already winner of the World Title in Pattaya (2017), Limassol (2018) and Antigua (2019), becoming the first to complete a enterprise of the kind.

The new global situation places the organizers in front of new challenges, but there is no lack of enthusiasm in the words of the President of Fraglia Vela Riva, Alfredo Vivaldelli: “As Fraglia Vela Riva we are very happy that IODA and the Turkish Sailing Federation, assignee of the 2021 World Championship, have worked together to ensure that this prestigious event, which as we know was scheduled for 2020, could actually take place on Garda Lake. As Organizing Committee we are aware of the importance of the event and of the difficulties that the well-known health emergency brings with it, but we are equally aware that we have the human resources, the experience and the structures necessary to guarantee everyone fun and competitive spirit in a safe and secure environment”.

The event will start on June 30th, 2021, and will end on the 10th  of July, including qualifications, team races and finals.

The 2021 Optimist World Championship is organized by Fraglia Vela Riva, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Garda Trentino and AICO – Italian Optimist Class Association.

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Optimist Class AGM 2020 – Agenda & Zoom Link

Notice is hereby given of the Optimist Class Association of South Africa

Annual General Meeting 2020

to be held via Zoom 22 February 2021 @ 6:30pm. Zoom Link

Proposals and nominations received by the 8th February 2021 will be tabled.

Nominations and Proposals for the Agenda

Dear Members

Please submit your Nominations for the following positions on the committee:

President, Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.

The deadline for these nominations and the items to be included in the Agenda is the 8th of February 2021.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.


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Download Minutes 2019 AGM


  • Notice to convene the meeting
  • Welcome and Apologies
  • Confirmation of the minutes of the 2019 AGM – 2019 AGM Minutes
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • 2020 World’s report
  • 2020 European’s Report
  • 2020 African’s report

Election of the 2021 Office bearer’s:

  • President
  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Regional reps introduced

Regional reports – NR, KZN, EC, WC


  • 2021 IODA World Championships
  • 2021 IODA African Championships


MAC, Zeekoevlei or George Lakes?


Good evening from the WC Optimist Committee.

We are busy planning the WC Champs 24-27 of April. We are gridlocked regarding the venue. Therefore we request your vote. We have to decide if we want an away regatta or host it here in Cape Town. George Lakes Yacht Club is the away option and are happy to host us. ZVYC and MAC have both offered to host the “home” regatta. Each registered Oppi SA member has one vote. Voting closes Monday, 15.02.2021 at 23.59.

So please reply with either GLYC for the away venue or MAC or ZVYC for the home venue.

Again: you need to be a registered member of the Optimist Class in order to vote. If you have not registered with the class we will post a link on this group.

Yours in sailing

Lars Kessel
Chairman WCOA

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