Angola are proud hosts

African Optimist Championships 2016

In the set of three races held on the first day of individual competition, Lourenço Simão, Angolan National Team, leads the overall standings, having obtained a third place and two seconds. Also the Angolan selection, Osvaldo da Gama is the runner-up, having won two of the races of the day. In third place is Matt Ashwell of South Africa.

Teams in the race field of Luanda, had favorable sea with the wind blowing from the southwest at an average speed of 15 knots.


The official opening of the African Optimist Championship sailing took place on the island of Luanda, with all teams represented. Symbolically, a mixture of waters from 7 countries participating, was deposited in the sea. A symbolic gesture of unity between the African continent.


Ana Paula da Silva Neto, Secretary of State for Sport of the Republic of Angola, used the ceremony to talk about the importance of the event: “Angola is the capital of the African Championship. In addition to increasing the spirit of children, draws the attention of the adults to the sport. It’s a great way to show Angola to Africa and the world. A good way to do diplomacy”.


Nations represented in the competition are Angola, Mozambique, Algeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles and Zimbabwe, with a total of 47 athletes. The Organization of the race is in charge of the Naval Club of Luanda and the Angolan Water Sports Federation.

Report by Clube Naval de Luanda

ANG snatch back lead

After 3 races in good breeze, Angola take back the lead from South Africa who move down to 3rd overall after Day 1 of the African Optimist Championships being sailed out of Luanda.

Racing continues today. Follow live updates from the water here

Overall Day 1 results after protest hearings here

Africans here we come

Western Cape members of Team RSA left for Luanda, Angola on Wednesday to compete in the Optimist African Championships.

Matt Ashwell, Tristan Tomlinson & Chiara Fruet flew with their team coach Claire Walker.

They are going to meet up with their team mates from the Nothern Region in Luanda – Keegan Nell, Duncan Hawksworth, Helen Jansen van Vuuren and Alex Wiederhold.

Good luck guys & girls!

Wishing you a wonderful regatta and safe travels!

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