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Optimist

The Optimist is the premier dinghy for under 16's in the world. Sailed in over 100 countries by over 150,000 young people, the Optimist is, quite simply, the dinghy in which the young people of the world learn to sail.

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Show news Hong Kong Race Week day 2
Highfield sisters' sibling rivalry intensifies
Posted on 23 Feb
Registration opens for Optimist U.S. Nationals
To be held July 13-22 at Pensacola Yacht Club
Posted on 22 Feb
Hong Kong Race Week day 1
248 sailors from 12 countries competing in the sixth edition
Posted on 22 Feb
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta overall
A challenging final day on Marlborough Sounds
Posted on 19 Feb
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta final summary
Just two points separate the top two boats
Posted on 19 Feb
Crown Series Bellerive Regatta dinghy update
Just three points separate the top three 29er skiffs after four races
Posted on 18 Feb
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta day 2
Three more races sailed for all the fleets in Picton
Posted on 17 Feb
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta day 1
Over 140 young sailors taking part in Picton
Posted on 16 Feb
International Optimist Regatta registration open
Caribbean event kicks off with equally not-to-miss TOTE Maritime Clinic
Posted on 9 Feb
InterIslander Optimist Challenge preview
Queen Charlotte YC looking forward to hosting the event this month
Posted on 5 Feb
The experts share their most loved moments
Talking to the Gill Race Team members
Posted on 4 Feb
Scandinavian victory at Monaco Optimist Team Race
64 contestants divided into 16 teams from 16 nations put on a show in the main harbour
Posted on 14 Jan
Boat and board boost
For up and coming North East talent
Posted on 12 Jan
Monaco Optimist Team Race preview
A regatta without borders
Posted on 10 Jan
Boat awarded to committed mid-Wales sailor
Thanks to the JMST and RYA OnBoard
Posted on 9 Jan
Suntouched Sailboats confirm new UK dealer
For Devoti D-Zero & Devoti D-Optimist
Posted on 8 Jan
Winners are grinners at Sail Sydney
Among the other winners was Jack Ferguson, who claimed the Laser 4.7 class
Posted on 17 Dec 2017
IOR, Clinic & Team Race set for June 11-17, 2018
The Caribbean's largest and longest international regatta
Posted on 16 Dec 2017
Invited Classes shine at Sail Sydney 2017
Invited Classes at Sail Sydney 2017
Posted on 16 Dec 2017
Opti-Saturday at Sail Sydney 2017
More than 120 Optimist sailors will get their first taste of Sail Sydney 2017 today
Posted on 16 Dec 2017
RYA Scotland Winter Optimist Championship
A light dusting of snow over Cumbrae
Posted on 15 Dec 2017
RYA Scotland Winter Championships
Winter Wonderland at Largs
Posted on 12 Dec 2017
Boats and boards awarded to RYA OnBoard sailors
Thanks to the John Merricks Sailing Trust
Posted on 10 Dec 2017
Trans-Tasman duels at Sail Sydney
Youth Champions in 29er against 2016 Olympic silver medallists at Sail Sydney
Posted on 7 Dec 2017
Youth Sailing at Middle Harbour Yacht Club
A variety of school groups, racers, Tackers and Learn to Sail kids
Posted on 6 Dec 2017
International Classes Regatta at Perth
Fresh conditions test on the Swan River
Posted on 27 Nov 2017
Blackwater Sailing Club cadet success
At the Optimist Winter Championship
Posted on 24 Nov 2017
Pensacola to host 2018 Optimist US Nationals
Week-long event in July on Pensacola Bay
Posted on 18 Nov 2017
Latest on the Rooster Blog
Including Confessions of an Optimist sailor
Posted on 6 Nov 2017
Belize Sailing Association Nationals
Joo emerges as the Opti Fleet Champion
Posted on 3 Nov 2017
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Day 1 - Hong Kong Race Week
© Guy Nowell / RHKYC
Day 1 - Hong Kong Race Week
© Guy Nowell / RHKYC
Team Racing is a highlight of all the Optimist Nationals. Two teams of four boats each go head to head.
© Talbot Wilson
The Optimist Nationals at Pensacola Yacht Club are really three championships sailed in a week... the Optimist National Championship, the Optimist Girls National Championship, and the Optimist Team Race National Championship.
© Talbot Wilson
Optimist were on the line in Pensacola for the 2015 Optimist Nationals. They are coming back July 13-22, 2018 for more great sailing on Pensacola Bay.
© Talbot Wilson
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Lamirana Photography
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Lamirana Photography
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Lamirana Photography
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Jonny Fullerton
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Jonny Fullerton
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Jonny Fullerton
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Jonny Fullerton
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Lamirana Photography
Interislander Optimist & Starling Regatta at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
© Lamirana Photography
Cream-of-the-crop venue meets competition and camaraderie at the 2018 IOR, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
© Dean Barnes
Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle Series Week 5
© Gerard van den Hoek
2018 Optimist Pre-Nats and Nationals at QCYC
© Christel Hopkins
2018 Optimist Pre-Nats and Nationals at QCYC
© Christel Hopkins
Ollie Meadowcroft (Upper Thames) is presented with his performance and coaching bursary from the South East Youth Training Fund (YTF)
© Mike Haigh
Ollie Meadowcroft during the 2017 Volvo Gill Optimist Inland Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club
© Peter Newton
Monaco Optimist Team Race
© Yacht Club de Monaco
Monaco Optimist Team Race
© Yacht Club de Monaco
Monaco Optimist Team Race
© Yacht Club de Monaco
Optimist sailor Erin Tinkler
© RYA North East
Learn to Sail at Waimakariri
© Waimakariri Sailing & Power Boat Club
Learn to Sail at Waimakariri
© Waimakariri Sailing & Power Boat Club
Learn to Sail at Waimakariri
© Waimakariri Sailing & Power Boat Club
Monaco Optimist Team Race
© Franck Terlin
Monaco Optimist Team Race
© Franck Terlin
Monaco Optimist Team Race
© Francesco Ferri