Memories of the Africans gone by

Konstantine Steidle (GER), winner of the Optimist African Championship in 2013.

We have great memories of the Africans held in Langebaan in 2013. In 2022 we will once again welcome Africa and the rest of the World to our shores for another epic event with over 100 competitors expected . We can’t wait!

        • Explore – Experience – Discover South Africa

        • Phonononga – Fumanisa – Amava oMzantsi Africa

        • Verken – Ontdek – Ervaar Suid-Afrika

        • Entdecken – Erkunden – Erleben Sie Südafrika

        • Scopri – Explora – Viva il Sudafrica

        • Descubrir – Explorar – Vivir  Sudáfrica

        • Descubra – Explore – Experimente a África do Sul

        • Ανακαλύψτε – Εξερευνήστε – Απολαύστε τη Νότια Αφρική

      Laura Weegen (GER), 4th overall and 1st Girl at the Optimist African Championship in 2013

Youth Nationals Reminder – Hermanus

Reminder – To be eligible for Africans 2022 selection, you need to participate in the Youth Nationals in Hermanus in December.

RSA results at previous Oppie Africans – 2001 to 2021

African Leaderboard after 17 Events
RSA6 wins
ALG5 wins
ANG3 wins
EGY2 wins
MOZ1 win

 

2001 | Egypt | Alexandria | 47 Competitors
1stSGPCheng Xinru Colin
5thSGPLin Xiaodan Dawn1st Girl
6thRSAChristopher Joubert
8thRSACarla DyerGirl
10thRSAAlexander McClarty
12thRSASean Heydenrych
15thRSAPhillipa BaerGirl
19thRSAGordon Quamby
20thRSAJames Hogg

Event results here

 

 

2003 | South Africa | Port Elizabeth | 54 Competitors
1stUSACam Cullum
2ndRSAAaron Larkens1st African
3rdRSARudy McNeill
4thRSABrent Stirk
6thUSAMorgan Wilson1st Girl
7thRSAJustin Onvlee
8thRSAAlexander McClarity
9thRSASam Waterson
12thRSAPhillipa Baer1st African Girl
13thRSAJames Largier
14thRSARobert Jones
15thRSADaniel Moreau
25thRSARuth SaundersGirl
26thRSAJosh Saunders
27thRSAKaren McClarityGirl
30thRSAJessica HoggGirl

Read more on the event here
Event results here

 

2004 | No Event Held

 

2005 | Where were these held? | 60 Competitors
1stDENKristian Kirketerp
2ndDENLaerke Lokdam1st Girl
3rdEGYAhmed Ragab1st African
9thRSADylan Emmett
11thRSAStefano Marcia
12thRSAClaire Walker1st African Girl
14thRSAMichael Crosland
15thRSASam Hancock
16thRSAEmma WalkerGirl
17thRSADavid Leigh
18thRSATimothy Manley
20thRSANico Marcia
21stRSAAshleigh CroslandGirl
23rdRSAByron Gray
24thRSAScott Behrens
29thRSAThomas Nortier
44thRSAKate JamesGirl

Event results here

 

2006 | Egypt | Alexandria | 44 Competitors
1stSUIAlexandre Massard
2ndEGYAhmed Ragab1st African
3rdRSAAshwynn Daniels
4thRSATimothy Manley
11thNEDCouvent Dewi1st Girl
16thRSAJoshua Stubbs
19thRSAByron Gray
21stRSAPhilip Bendon
27thRSAJenny RobertsonGirl
31stRSAKimberleigh AustinGirl

Event results here

 

2007 | No Event Held

 

Event results here

 

2009 | South Africa | Richard's Bay | 49 Competitors
1st AUSJames Oliver
2ndALGZakaria Khoualed1st African Boy
3rdRSAAlex Lehtinen
4thAUSMilly Bennet1st Girl
6thALGImene Ouneyssa1st African Girl
8thRSAMarcello Marcia
9thRSATiran Long
16thRSAJoshua Woolard
19thRSAHeidi BurgerGirl
20thRSACara StubbsGirl
25thRSAGustav Hugo
26thRSADavid Wilson
28thRSATammy ShawGirl
29thRSATrent Bingham
31stRSAMatthew Gaughran
32ndRSARuben Heard
37thRSAHelen Wertheim-AymesGirl
46thRSAPeter Bendon

Event results here

 

2010 | Kenya | Killifi | 69 Competitors
1stSRBLuka Tosic
2ndALGImane Sahraoui1st African Girl
3rdTANTarick Nielsen1st African Boy
10thRSATristan Rogotzki
20thRSAJoshua Woolard
35thRSADane Collingridge
38thRSACarla StubbsGirl
40thRSARyan Barnardo
44thRSAMoya MoorcroftGirl
46thRSAMatthew Gaughran

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2014 | Morocco | Agadir | 73 Competitors
1stMOZDiogo Sanches
4thRSAArin Long
8thMOZDeisy Nhaquile1st Girl
19thRSAKai Leslie
26thRSALawrence Wilson
29thRSADaniel Benji
36thRSAGreg Hoyle
44thRSAAmber De DeckerGirl
46thRSACalum Gaughran
52ndRSALiam Fennessy
64thRSASophie HoltusGirl

Event results here

 

2015 | Algeria | Oran | 72 Competitors
1stALGMokhtari Hichem
14thMOZDeisy Nhaquile1st Girl
15thRSAJemima Baum2nd Girl
28thRSAMatt Ashwell
34thRSADuncan Hawksworth
49thRSAKeagan Nel

Event results here

 

2016 | Angola | Clube Navalde Luanda | 47 Competitors
1stANGOsvaldo Da Gama
8thMOZDenise Parruqe1st Girl
11thRSAChiara Fruet2nd Girl
25thRSATristan Tomlinson
31stRSAKeagan Nel
36thRSADuncan Hawksworth
40thRSAHelen van VuurenGirl
44thRSAAlexander Wiederhold
Team Racing
1stANG
2ndALG
3rdMOZ
6thRSA

Read more on the event here
Event results here

 

2017 | Egypt | Alexandria | 49 Competitors
1stANGGraciano Novaes
11thEGYShahd El Shref1st Girl
17thRSABryan Carstens
26thRSARoss Mackinnon
30thRSAChiara FruetGirl
32ndRSATristan Tomlinson
47thRSAHelen van VuurenGirl

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Event results here

 

2018 | Mozambique | Clube Maritimo | 66 Competitors
1stRSAMatt Ashwell
2ndMOZDenise Parruque1st Girl
15thRSAJude Stanely
18thRSAIngrid HolmGirl
23rdRSAKarl Hofmeyr
24thRSASean Kavanagh
26thRSARohan Chidley
30thRSAChiara FruetGirl
33rdRSALena HolmGirl
38thRSAOscar Duys
Team Racing
1stMOZ
2ndANG
3rdRSA

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Event results here

 

2019 | Seychelles | 42 Competitors
1stANGRonancio Paulo
4thRSASean Kavanagh
12thANGAline Lourenco1st Girl
28thRSAConnor McLoughlin
29thRSADean Carstens
36thRSAAdrian Rautenbach
39thRSAOlivia PurchaseGirl

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Event results here

 

African Leaderboard after 17 Events
RSA6 wins
ALG5 wins
ANG3 wins
EGY2 wins
MOZ1 win

Call Back The Past – Oppie Africans 2010 – Kilifi, Kenya

The Chase Bank sponsored 8th Optimist African Championship, held at Mnarani Club, Kilifi, Kenya is the largest to date.

A total of 69 sailors are participating, including 62 from 12 African countries. While local sailors may use their own boats 60 charter boats are being provided by Zou Marine and it is expected that these will be sold on to enlarge African fleets in several countries.

Mozambique, who are of course hosts to next year’s All Africa Games, are the only first-time entry but Egypt, Seychelles and Reunion (FRA) have swelled the fleet after absence last year.

The Opening ceremony was a wonderful occasion with participants arriving on a traditional dhou. It was the social event of the year in Kilifi and there were many Kilifi residents in attendance. There was a parade of the 18 nations behind a Kenyan drummer and a flag raising ceremony. This was followed by the traditional Africans mixing of the waters ceremony on the beach.

The first day of racing 2 August, was excellent and 3 good races were completed. The winds increased throughout the day from 7 to 8 knots in the first race to 10 to 13 knots in the last race. The starts were competitive with a number of OCS’s being recorded. It was wonderful to see the largest fleet of Optimists at an African Championship, racing in such beautiful surroundings.

Algeria has taken the individual championship as well as the girls’ gold for the last two years but there were six nations in the top ten last year so some close racing is expected.

Each morning there is a rule 42 talk from Zofia Truchanowicz, ISAF Rule 42 Advisor, who will be working with coaches, sailors and race officials throughout the Championship as part of ISAF’s ongoing education program.

There are three races planned most days with the Optimist Team Racing African Championship scheduled for 4 August. This will begin with a short clinic for the competitors given by Chris Atkins, the Chief Umpire for the team racing.