The sailing got underway at the tenth All African Games yesterday and South African sailors have taken an early advantage topping the leaderboard in three out of five classes on display in Maputo, Mozambique.
The Tunisian sailing team also put in a strong display on the opening day and lead the remaining two fleets.
South Africa's Jessica Deary tops the Women's Laser Radial after three races with a perfect scorecard. The South African finished 34th at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Zadar, Croatia in July and is using her experience to good effect in Maputo to lead compatriot Bridget Clayton by three points.
Youssey Akrout (TUN) also has a perfect scorecard in the Men's Laser Radial. The Tunisian is six points clear of Matthew Shaw (RSA) and Stefano Murcia (RSA) after three races. Murcia was South Africa's Laser Radial Boys representative at the ISAF Youth Worlds and put in an impressive display finishing fifth out of a 49-boat fleet. But he finds himself down in third place on ten points following a second and two fourth place finishes.
In the five-boat 420 class Eben Vivier and Johan Vivier lead the host nations Celso Gonçalves and Estaline Sofiano by a single point after two races. Angola's Gilson Tenazinha and Joao Montenegro are down in third and trail the leaders by three points.
The boy's optimist class boasts the most entries with 18-boats from six nations competing and it is South Africa's David Wilson who leads after two races with double bullets. Algeria's Abdelkhalek Boussouar is in second place on four points followed by Rubin Heard (RSA) in third on seven points.
And in the girls optimist Tunisia's Ines Gmati leads on two points followed by Zimbabwe's Androniki Hiripis and Emma Clark (RSA).
Racing continues today at 10:00 local time in Maputo.