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Optimist

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 38th Christmas Race at Clube Naval de Cascais
250 sailors of all ages compete
Posted on 5 Dec
Application open for recyclable sailing school
Competition opens to sailing clubs globally
Posted on 1 Dec
Derbyshire Youth Sailing at Staunton Harold
Buoy number 7 became everyone's least favourite mark
Posted on 6 Nov
Halloween Cup at Lake Garda, Italy overall
A record number of participants, record heat and great breeze
Posted on 2 Nov
Halloween Cup at Lake Garda, Italy day 2
Nothing short of fantastic
Posted on 1 Nov
Halloween Cup at Lake Garda, Italy day 1
A record 614 sailors from 22 nations
Posted on 31 Oct
Gill Marine Optimist End of Seasons Championship
Everything was against the event happening...
Posted on 20 Oct
5th Autumn Meeting Trofeo Ezio Torboli concludes
Ukrainian Madonich on the top step of the junior podium in Riva del Garda
Posted on 17 Oct
Sail Sandy Regatta at Sandringham YC concludes
It was a fantastic event for young sailor Callum Simmons
Posted on 16 Oct
Arab Sailing Championship overall
Medals decided on the final day at Barceló Mussanah Resort
Posted on 16 Oct
Sail Sandy gets off to a slow start
A glass-out for Sandringham YC's premier multi-class event
Posted on 15 Oct
5th Autumn Meeting Trofeo Ezio Torboli day 1
360 helmsmen from around 20 nations answered the 'call' of this event
Posted on 14 Oct
Arab Sailing Championship day 3
Action heats up on the penultimate day at Barceló Mussanah Resort
Posted on 14 Oct
Arab Sailing Championship day 1
Omani sailors shine on the first day of racing
Posted on 13 Oct
Optimist Junior Girls Training at Burghfield
Providing inspiring coaches and the chance to make new friends
Posted on 4 Oct
Barcolana Young held in Trieste
The winners are Alberto Avanzini (Juniores) and Nicolò Santoro (Cadetti)
Posted on 2 Oct
NE & Yorkshire Youth Travellers at Filey
Big winds and big seas for the final round, with 36 boats
Posted on 26 Sep
NE Optimist Championships at Derwent Reservoir
Great racing in a smaller than usual reservoir
Posted on 14 Sep
Gill Optimist Late Summers at Brightlingsea
Sailing on the beautiful East coast, with it traditional working boats and dramatic skies
Posted on 2 Sep
27th Ora Cup Optimist at Lake Garda, Italy overall
Erik Scheidt for the second time in a row
Posted on 8 Aug
UK Optimist Nationals at Largs overall
Clean sweep for the girls
Posted on 7 Aug
Team GBR at the 2022 Arkas Optimist Worlds
Tough competition, but an amazing experience, in Bodrum, Turkey
Posted on 7 Aug
27th Ora Cup Optimist at Lake Garda, Italy
Alberto Avanzini and Victoria Demurtas in the lead among the juniors
Posted on 6 Aug
UK Optimist Nationals at Largs day 5
Some stunning sailing conditions for the young sailors
Posted on 5 Aug
UK Optimist Nationals at Largs day 4
Sailing on a beautiful stretch of water with hills and mountains on all sides
Posted on 4 Aug
UK Optimist Nationals at Largs day 3
A tough day on the water with an ever-changing breeze
Posted on 3 Aug
UK Optimist Nationals at Largs day 2
Wind fills in after a mirror calm start
Posted on 2 Aug
UK Optimist Nationals at Largs day 1
Scotland delivers sunny and warm weather, and clear water
Posted on 1 Aug
Optimist Worlds: Kiwis have good speed in Bodrum
Worlds fleet splits at halfway stage of 2022 Optimist Worlds in Bodrum, Turkey
Posted on 6 Jul
Chichester Harbour Race Week preview
Last year saw 383 boats crewed by almost 600 sailors from 65 clubs
Posted on 28 Jun
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Bernardo Neto wins the Optimist class in the 38th edition of the Christmas Race at Clube Naval de Cascais
© Luís Fráguas
Phuket King's Cup 2022: Optimist traffic
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: Opti fleet (well, part of it!)
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: Optimists
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: let's get it on
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: who, me?
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: dinghy classes to start the event
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: tight cornering
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: Optimist start in fading light
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: no idea. But it's more interesting than waiting and doing nothing
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: umpires on full alert
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: John Doerr briefs the dinghy sailors
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
Phuket King's Cup 2022: ready and waiting
© Guy Nowell / Phuket King's Cup
ecoOptimists - Future technology for future sailors
© Northern Light Composites
Future technology for future sailors
© Clean Sailors
Future technology for future sailors
© Clean Sailors
Sun Hung Kai & Co. Hong Kong Race Week
© Guy Nowell
2022 Halloween Cup Optimist, final day
© Elena Giolai
2022 Halloween Cup Optimist, final day
© Elena Giolai
2022 Halloween Cup Optimist, final day
© Elena Giolai
2022 Halloween Cup Optimist, final day
© Elena Giolai
2022 Halloween Cup Optimist, final day
© Elena Giolai
2022 Halloween Cup Optimist, final day
© Elena Giolai
2022 Halloween Cup Optimist, final day
© Elena Giolai
Halloween Cup Optimist - Day 2
© Elena Giolai
Halloween Cup Optimist - Day 2
© Elena Giolai
Halloween Cup Optimist - Day 2
© Elena Giolai
Halloween Cup Optimist - Day 2
© Elena Giolai
Halloween Cup Optimist - Day 2
© Elena Giolai
Halloween Cup Optimist - Day 2
© Elena Giolai