RAGAB Claims African Title For Egypt
African Optimist Championship 2005
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
The recent spread of Optimist sailing in Africa is shown by the presence of sailors from several different African countries on the leaderboard at the conclusion of the 4th International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) African Championship. Four bullets helped Egypt's Ahmed RAGAB to the title of 2005 African Optimist Champion.
While the visiting Danish team took the two top spots, courtesy of Kristian KIRKETERP in the open competition and Laerke LOKDAM in the girls, Ahmed RAGAB of Egypt is the new African champion, a mere nine points away from being outright winner. Algerians Wassim ZIANI and Amine MIDOUM took African silver and bronze.
South Africa entered a large team, and although they missed out on a medal were rewarded with five top ten finishes, including Claire WALKER in eighth who finished as the top African girl.