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Oppie AGM 2021 Postponed to January

Attention all Optimist Parents

We have decided as a committee to take a precautionary stance and move the Annual SA Oppie AGM online. Therefore the SA Optimist AGM is postponed to the first week of January 2022 and be conducted via Zoom. All details will be confirmed shortly.

Thank you for your understanding.\

Kind Regards
The Optimist National Committee

Optimist Sailing SA AGM 2021 – Hermanus Yacht Club


Notice is hereby given of the Optimist Class Association of South Africa 2021 Annual General Meeting is to be held during the 2021 Youth Nationals at the Hermanus Yacht Club, Western Cape.

At a Time and Date to be advertised.

Proposals and nominations received by the 10th December 2021 will be tabled.

Send your President, Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary nominations to Shellee Nel optimistclassSA@gmail.com

2021 SA Sailing Youth Nationals incorporating Optimist Nationals

Good Afternoon

Time is getting short to finalize your travel arrangements for the 2021 SA Sailing Youth Nationals that incorporates the Optimist Class National Championships.

All the information you need is available by following the link to the Hermanus Yacht Club website.


Information around the measurement process and checks will follow.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.



Optimist Class South Africa

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.


083 626 7597

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


2021 Optimist Class Membership Fee’s

Good Morning Sailors and Parents

You will have received your Invoice for Class membership fees for the 2021 season. When making payment please reference your name and invoice number. This invoice is due before the 28th of February 2021 for you to eligible for the renewal fee of only R400. There after you will be removed from the Optimist Class membership database and will have to register with the class at the higher fee of R 500.

Only paid up members of the class are eligible to participate in Optimist Class events and Training clinics. Please pay your dues.

If any of your Optimist friends are not registered with the class. Ask them to do so and they will benefit from the First timer registration fee.

If your child has aged out or moved on to another class please reply to our mail notifying us of their resignation.

If you are in need of financial assistance to pay the class fees please bring it to your Regional Representative’s attention so that an alternative arrangement can be made.

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

Stay Safe and Happy Sailing

Optimist Class South Africa

Shellee Nel
083 626 7597

Amendment to the Selection process

Dear Optimist Parents and Sailors

The Optimist Class Exco have made an amendment to the current Selection policy to facilitate a selection process for the 2021 IODA events.
For the 2021 cycle the following will apply:

“Sailors who have participated in one provincial championship and the class national championship in the past 2 years will be eligible for selection”
“The team for the 2021 World championships will be selected from the current Selection Ranking Ladder as per the current selection document. The 2019 Class Nationals results will build the Selection Ranking ladder.”
“The Team for the African Championships will be selected from the Ranking Ladder as per the policy. The 2019 Class Nationals results will build the Selection Ranking ladder.”

2021 Selection Regatta
The 2021 Optimist Selection regatta will be held in conjunction with the 2021 WC Optimist Class Championships. Venue and Date to be advised.

Expression of interest for selection.
Sailors eligible for selection will be asked to complete the expression of interest. There after they will be required to pay the full deposit for participation by the deadline. Should any of the eligible sailors decline the next sailor on the ladder will be offered the place.

Deadline for the reply will be the 1st of February and the deadline for the deposit will be the 10th of February 2021.

Should you have any questions in this regard, Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Optimist Sailing SA Executive


Download Optimist Class Selection Criteria

Download 2021 Selection Ranking

Background photograph by Matias Capizzano