It is the ‘313 Days to go’ week ! The excitement is building with the Optimist sailors !  The 2022 African Championship organising committee is hard at work!  We still have some sponsorship opportunities available, and request your assistance! If you have contacts or know of companies’ who may be interested please could you contact one of the committee members!

NEW OPTIMIST BOATS! After the African Championships there will be ‘one regatta old’ charter boats available to purchase. As per IODA regulations, these charter boats are new boats imported into the country for the Championship from a reputable Optimist builder. After the regatta these are available for purchase at greatly reduced prices. This is a great opportunity to build our local fleet. It has been nearly 10 years since the last influx of new optimists into the South African Optimist sailing community and not to be missed. In addition if anyone is willing to purchase more than one and resell at a further date, this will bolster the quality of our local fleet and would be fantastic!

Please contact Alistair on 084 012 9177 or for queries or further information. 

Together lets make the 2022 Africans Championships a World Class Event!

Kind Regards

The 2022 Africans Championship Committee

Meet Keagan Nel

Keagan will be competing this year at the Youth World Sailing Championships in Oman.

Keagan started his competitive sailing career at the age of 9yrs. Coming from a sailing family he grabbed every opportunity that came his way. He competed in his first Continental Championships in Algeria at 11yrs in the Optimist class.

Thereafter he represented South Africa at Continental and World Championships in Angola 2017 and Cyprus 2018. Keagan moved off the Junior boat to the Laser Radial Youth Class. As well as sailing on many other types of boats whenever possible.

He had a successful campaign over the past two years, collecting podium finishes in the Dart 18 Class Single and Double Handed, the Laser Radial Class, and the Youth Nationals. Finishing off the season as the highest-ranked sailor in his division.

The combination of these achievements resulted in him being selected for the South African Team to go to the World Sailing 2021 Youth World Championship being hosted in Oman from the 11th to the 18th of December.

He will be participating in the boys’ ILCA 6 class. The Youth Worlds is the pinnacle of a Youth sailors’ career with a 60 boat fleet from all over the world and is used as a feeder event for youth going into the Olympic cycle.

Keagan is very proud to have been re-awarded his Youth Provincial Colours and received the award for the Northern Region Youth Sailor of the Year and Dinghy Discipline sailor of the Year.