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    Posted: 18 Mar 13 at 2:27pm

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My eldest wants to start sailing. She has a few "taster" sessions in an Optimist so knows what she needs to do ie pull the sheet to go faster, drop it to slow down, move her weight around and not bump into too many things. The rub is she is seven years old BUT 140cm tall and weighs in at 32KG (just over five stone). Anyone with kids will know she is very tall for her age. for example in wetsuit terms she wears 10-11 year old suits. And she will only get taller and heavier.
 
So should she go for an Optimist where she would not need to worry about being over powered but can just concerntrate on sailing techniques and then sell it in the next 18 months or a Topper where she will experience being over powered at some point, will be a bit wetter but she can grow into the boat.
 
Price is not an issue as they cost around the same second hand.
 
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Start her in the Oppie.
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What about an RS Tera, great little boats. If you get one with both Sport and Pro rigs then she can add the extra power of the pro rig without changing boat. This is an excellent little boat and is growing in popularity all the time.

Alternatively you could get a Topper with a 4.2 mainsail as well as the usual sail.

Ultimately sail what is sailed at your club. and the best boat for your local sailing water.
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Optimist, Topper and Teras are sailed! To be honest I think I will go with an Optimist but I will ask at the club too. May be a good idea will be for her to have a go in both and see how confortable she feels with them.
The biggest issue with the Optimist (hence my question) was during her taster days she saw some boys go out in Teras and was full of excitment only for her little face to drop when realaity hit that she would be in a boat that resembled a washing up tub!
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I would go for the topper 4.2 rig. she will probably still be overpowered if it gets breezy, but when she grows out of the 4.2, she can move into the 5.3.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote kevg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 13 at 4:56pm
I'm biased towards a Topper 4.2 and then the 5.3 but Optmists certainly have a strong following see:-
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Why not ask her what she thinks is best. I suspect she might go for a Tera, my then 8 year old did.
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The Tera is a great boat, and by the sound of it she has already seen them and liked the look. Mainly, though, she should be in what her friends are in, I'd say, as that way she will be having fun.

My daughter, who is 10 now, has had a Puffin for many years, mind, which no one else has one of. She far preferred that to the Oppie, as it had Mirror style tanks to sit on. Now getting into the Topper more, and unlike her brother, isn't a Tera fan. Her Godsister at a different club sails Oppies in a fleet and loves it.

Best thing would be to be at a club with boats the Juniors can use whilst she gets the basics right, then she will be telling you what she'd like from a position of knowledge.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pondmonkey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Mar 13 at 7:13am
She needs to speak to the kids who sail all three... buy the one with the group she thinks she is most likely to make friends with.  

The boat is irrelevant at that age.
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Thanks all. I agree with all really. At least I know it will be an Oppi, Topper or tera!. But it will be what she wants rather than what anyone else wants which is key. And the reasoning of her judgement I doubt I will ever figure out!
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