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4 July 2006, 12:08 pm
Action Underway In Egypt
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Optimist African Championship 2006
Alexandria, Egypt

Three races were held on the opening day of the fifth Optimist African Championship in Alexandria, Egypt. Eleven countries are represented in Egypt where an even start sees eight of them represented by a sailor in the top ten.
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Winds are generally good if shifty but at the start of the first race a sudden lull led to a third of the fleet being DNS for failing to cross the line within the time limit.

The early lead belongs to Ashwynn DANIELS of South Africa with a consistent 2,4,1 start, but behind him just eleven points separate the next seven sailors. These include Antoine GERARD of Mauritius and Peter VAN OS of Tanzania - both representing fleets which are less than three years old.

Amongst the girls Mariem ZRIBI of Tunisia has taken a strong lead among the African sailors and is competing with a visiting Dutch sailor for the open girls prize.

More for details and the full line up of Optimist events for 2006 and beyond look at the IODA Calendar - www.optiworld.org/ioda-06calendar.html.

Robert WILKES (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Opis are in action in Egypt:© Marine Photography
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