Dedicated Africans 2022 Pages


For the latest news on anything and everything to do with the Optimist African Championship 2022, visit these pages on this site.

2021 Optimist African Championship CANCELLED

IODA has been informed by the organizers of the 2021 African Championship that was to be held in Alexandria, Egypt from September 3rd to 10th, that due to the lack of time and the inability to provide the required charter boats for the championship at the present time, they will not be able to organize the event this year.

The past 18 months have been extraordinary and the pandemic still continues today, so planning any IODA Championship continues to be very challenging. 

IODA respects their decision and looks forward to coming to Alexandria, Egypt again in the future.

NEWS FLASH. South Africa wins bid to host the Africans in 2022


African Optimist Championships, Club Mykonos 2013

At the recent IODA AGM held in Riva, Italy, South Africa’s bid to host the African Optimist Championships in 2022 was accepted.

The event will be held at Club Mykonos, Langebaan from the 24th of September to the 1st of October 2022.

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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!

Sean Kavanagh ‘Optimist of the Month’ – September 2019

Sean Kavanagh had a strong showing at the 2019 African’s held in the Seychelles. He finished 4th overall, was first under 12, won two races, never finished worse than 8th. He turned 11 years old in August and weighing in at 36kg did very well in strong wind conditions, to compete with a strong Angolan team filled with 14 and 15 year old sailors, weighing in at 50-60kgs.


African Optimist Championships 2019 - Seychelles