Project “1947 Optimist Prahm”

The ′′ Classic!” reported in issue 4/2020 about the more than 70 years history of Optis and at the same time a new project around this boat. Earlier this month, a support association was founded, hoping to have the minimum number of 4 replicas of the Prahm from 1947 by the next season.

Mission statement: Everything originates in a history, even and even the Opti with its more than 70 years of development. The purpose of this project is to raise the interest and understanding of Opti-sailors for the interconnections between traditional and modern construction and regatta formats in Opti.

The aim of the project is to regularly conduct competitions with the Opti in its original form as ′′ 1947 Optimist Prahm “. It would be the first regattas of this kind in Europe. So the project could gain national significance. The special challenge is to arrange with the shortcomings of the original construction under competitive conditions.

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Optimist Nationals 2020 – CANCELLED!

Dear Optimist parents and sailors.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, it has been decided to cancel the 2020 Optimist class national championships scheduled for the 4th-8th of January from Zululand Yacht Club in Richard’s Bay.

The class AGM will be held via Zoom in January. Please make sure your contact details with the class is up to date so you don’t miss any important communications.

Please keep your families safe. Regards Shellee and the Optimist Committee.

2020 Optimist Class National Championships

Dates: Monday 4 January to Friday 8 January 2021

Venue: Zululand Yacht Club

Notice of Race: Download

Sailing Instructions: Download


This event is open to Optimist sailors who are members of the Optimist Class Association.

If you have not registered with us before please follow the registration link.

Login with your SA Sailing login and password.

Entry fee is R800 per boat payable to the Optimist Class Association



Registration: 04/01/2021, from 08:00-09:00.

Equipment inspection and event measurement: Spot checks will be carried out on every boat throughout the event until each boat has had a measurement check

Dates of racing:

04/01/2021 Warning Signal of the first race will not be before 09:55

05/01/2021 Warning Signal of the first race will not be before 09:55

06/01/2021 Team Racing scheduled

07/01/2021 Warning Signal of the first race will not be before 09:55

08/01/2021 Warning Signal of the first race will not be before 09:55


The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race is: 09:55

A maximum of 15 races are scheduled.

On the last scheduled day of racing no warning signal will be made after 12:00

Prize giving will be scheduled as soon after the last race as possible.

Camping accommodation can be arranged with ZYC.

Nicola Sadler “Optimist of the Month” – November 2020

Nicola Sadler gets a top ten finish in the Optimist Europeans Girls fleet held in Potoroz, Slovenia.

The Optimist Europeans girl’s fleet consisting of 113 sailors sailed a qualifying series over 3 days. The qualifying series split the girls into 2 fleets. These fleets are re organized each day based on the day’s results.

After 6 races and a combined result the fleet was split into Gold and Silver groups for a 5 race final sailed over 2 days. Bringing the total duration of the regatta to 5 days.  Being late in the year the summer sea breezes were very weak and therefore all the races where in light to super light air. Ranging from 3 -8 knots.

Nicola sailed a relatively consistent event with a qualifying score line of 15, 4, 4, (33), 12, 8. As you can imagine it is easy to find yourself deep down the fleet in the shifty light air conditions.