Dar Yacht Club sailor wins Laser Open Championship

07Sep 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dar Yacht Club sailor wins Laser Open Championship

IMAMU Said of the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club has emerged the winner of the annual sailing competition, known as the 'Laser Open', after beating other 38 sailors in the showdown, which took place in the city last weekend.

Sailors compete at this year's Laser Open Championship, which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

Said posted a total of nine points to defeat the 38 players who participated in the tournament organized by Dar Yacht Club and sanctioned by the Tanzania Sailing Association (TSAA).

The competition featured three clubs namely Dar Yacht Club, Msasani, and Kigamboni.

The plan was also to feature clubs from Kenya and Uganda, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the sailors have failed to feature in the competition.

Imamu who competed in the Class 4.7 category scored one point in the first race, second, fourth, fifth, and seventh and later scoring two points in the third race and three points in the sixth stage to clinch the title.

Hamis Mohamed was the second winner in the competition through the 4.7 class of Dar Yacht Club.

The second-placed sailor scored 18 points while the third place went to Halife Mpondi (24 points) of Kigamboni Club through Laser Standard.

Vedastus Alphonse, who garnered 26 points through Laser Radial, settled for fourth place, and the fifth-placed winner was Mussa Mpondi.

Speaking immediately after the competition, Said said that the competition was very tough due to the opposition from other competitors.

He said organizers under Dar Yacht Club honorary secretary, Anna Nyimbo, have done a commendable job to stage and promote the competition.

Said, who has won the title for the third year in a row, noted: "The competition was very exciting and it is a milestone of the game in the country.''

Anna said that they are pleased with the standards of the players of the game, which has come about thanks to intensive training.

"We have been running the training of young sailors for a long time and we have managed to find good players who have also been able to represent the country internationally," Anna revealed.

Philimon Nasari, TSAA Chairman, said their goal is to see younger Tanzanians learn and get a chance to represent the country in international competitions.

"So far there are young people who have competed in international competitions such in Africa and the World. The awareness has been great and we believe we will achieve our goal,'' Nasari stated.