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Optimist African Championships

The final race of the IODA African Championship saw little change with the first three overnight finishing 1-2-3.

The open winner is thus Colin Cheng (Singapore) with the three Algerians Abdallah Lalaoui, Abdelhamid Ziani and Tayab Bourai taking the African prizes. Among the girls Carla Dyer (South Africa) maintained her lead but Rachel Crux of Zimbabwe moved into silver medal place ahead of Phillipa Bear (RSA) and Egyptian Dina Ramadan.

This first African Optimist Championship was an unqualified success. Seven African countries took part with 40 sailors (+ 7 guests) and six of them had at least one sailor in the top 12. The seventh, newcomers Seychelles, managed to get a sailor in the top half of the fleet.

In recent years IODA has financed coach training in many of these countries and the African Championship has now established a worthwhile target for their pupils.

Thanks are due to the enthusiasts in Egypt for originating the idea and seeing it through, to the three volunteers sent by IODA to help, and to the International Jury. The future for sailing in Africa is much the brighter
for their efforts.

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