Optimist of the Month

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.

Results

African Optimist Championships 2019 - Seychelles

 

Ian Walker ‘Optimist of the Month’ – August 2019

Ian was outstanding at the Optimist World Championship in Antigua in July, finishing in 5th place overall from a fleet of 255. To my knowledge this is the best finish by a South African Optimist Sailor at Worlds.

Overall Results

South Africa's Ian Walker - World Optimist Championships 2019
Ian welcomed home by fans, friends and family.
South Africa's Ian Walker - 5th at the World Optimist Championships 2019
South Africa’s Ian Walker – 5th at the World Optimist Championships 2019

Ross MacKinnon & Alex Falcon ‘Optimist’s of the Month’ – November 2018

Ross & Alex, winners of the 420 Nationals 2018

Ross and Alex both learnt to sail on Optimists. They sailed in all the Western Cape and National Championships over the past few years. Alex represented South Africa at the Optimist Worlds and African Championships and Ross at the African Championships last year. At the start of this year they started training on the 420 together. Their goal for the year was to win the u17 section of the 420 Nationals. They exceeded this by winning the overall title. They will be sailing in the Youth Nationals at the Vaal Dam next month.

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