RenRe Junior Gold Cup – Bermuda


The RenRe Junior Gold Cup was created as a boutique world class youth regatta in Bermuda for local sailors to have the opportunity to sail with some of the world’s best on their home waters , a “mini world championship ” where only one competitor from each country participates. Matt’s finish amongst the best sailors in the world is truly commendable. Well done Matt !!

For more details on the event click here

Application for Coach or Manager’s position for the 2018 Optimist World and Africans Championship Team SA

Dear Sir / Madam,

Applicants are sought for the above position for the SA Optimist Team attending the 2018 World Championships in Limassol, Cyprus over 27th August – 6th September and the 2018 African Optimist Championship during dates to be confirmed but expected to be between November 20th and December 6th.

To apply, please fill in the application form marking your preference for which position and which event. Please also note the Policy & Guidelines section of the document and tick that you have done so on at the bottom of the application form. The Notice of Race is also attached for your perusal.

Application Form
Policy & Guidelines
Notice of Race

If you feel you have the experience and are able to contribute to a successful World Championship Tour as either coach or manager we’d like to hear from you. If you are short on the minimum qualifications, we can help you get up to speed on that prior to the tour(s).

Applications to be emailed to myself – AND cc’d (NB!) to Shellee Nel at by no later than Wednesday 16th May 2018. Please use the same above heading in the subject line.


Cal Tomlinson
President Optimist Sailing SA
+27 790 377 352 (c)
+27 21 790 8876 (h)

NR Awards Dinner

Dear Optimist and Youth

Please join us for the NR Awards Dinner. We will be recognising the achievements of all the youth in our region that participated in the Youth Nationals as well as the Class Provincials.

Make your Nominations for NR Yachtsman of the Year by email to

Sailing SA sailing training centre
Victoria Lake Club



Calling ALL Optimist sailors in the Western Cape in good standing with the Class.

As Western Cape Optimist Chairman,  I am delighted to share with you information about the QINGDAO CULTURAL AND SPORTS EXCHANGE PROGRAM. Please read the invitation letter giving details of this great opportunity.

If you are  interested – please follow the instructions below

  • Download the editable PDF or EXCEL submission form – and complete the information requested.  (You should save the document on your computer before completing it)
  • If you are unable to add a photo of yourself on either of the documents send the completed form along with a photo separately.
  • Send to by the 17 May 2018

Please note – this a Western Cape Government (Department of Sport and Culture) and SAS Western Cape Program and as such their decision on the team make up is final.

Oppie News – Autumn 2018

It’s been a busy first quarter with Class Provincials in the WC and KZN and Interschools in all the regions keeping our sailors on their toes. For those of you who haven’t had time to read all the emails herewith some of the results:

WC Optimist Provincials:
1st Matt Ashwell
2nd Jared Tyler
3rd Jude Stanley

KZN Optimist Provincials– Results are on the website and Facebook page.
1st Matt Ashwell
2nd Keagan Nel
3rd Chiara Fruet

The Optimist Selection event was run in conjunction with the KZN event. We had 14 sailors participate for the 10 spots that are available. 5 sailors will attend the World Championships and if possible 10 sailors including 3 girls will attend the African Championships. The conditions varied with something for everyone and the weekend ended with a blow for the heavier sailors.

1st Keagan Nel
2nd Matt Ashwell
3rd Chiara Fruet

Full Results:
2018 Optimist Selections Regatta Final
2018 Selection Final Ranking

The Selection event and the Nationals each count for 50% of the ranking and the top sailors in the ranking are as follows: Matt Ashwell, Keagan Nel, Jude Stanley, Chiara Fruet, Karl Hofmyer, Ingrid Holm, Oscar Duys, Bryan Carstens, Rohan Chidley, Lena Holm. Congratulations to all of them for the continuous commitment to the process. With the team balanced to include sailors from both WC and NR, the team’s preparation can go full steam ahead. Details of the training will be published in each region.

Upcoming events to watch out for:

NR Optimist Provincials – 1st & 2nd September 2018

SAS Youth Nationals – NR – Stilbaai Yacht Club on the Vaal 15th -19th December 2018. Details of accommodation etc will be posted on the Youth Nationals website.

Any boats For Sale or training news please post on the Optimist SA Facebook page. Post an ad on the Optimist SA website.


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Optimist Sailing South Africa