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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 Optimist Team Race Nationals day 2
Twenty-four teams sailing on Pensacola Bay
Posted today at 2:24 am
Optimist Team Race Nationals day 1
Sailing marathon on the blue waters of Pensacola Bay continues
Posted on 21 Jul
Bringing American Magic to the Opti Nationals
America's Cup team deliver a keynote presentation
Posted on 20 Jul
2018 Optimist Girls National Championship
Samara Walsh named top sailor on Pensacola Bay
Posted on 20 Jul
Optimist US Nationals at Pensacola overall
Stephen Baker named top sailor
Posted on 19 Jul
Optimist US Nationals at Pensacola day 3
Baker leads Optimist Championship into Gold Fleet races
Posted on 18 Jul
Optimist US Nationals at Pensacola day 2
AP over Alpha - tomorrow is another day
Posted on 17 Jul
Draycote Water Optimist Open preview
Get some racing in ahead of the nationals
Posted on 16 Jul
Optimist US Nationals at Pensacola day 1
Tired Opti sailors happy with four sets of races
Posted on 16 Jul
Countdown to 2018 U.S. Optimist Nationals
Measurement and check-in leading to Sunday racing
Posted on 14 Jul
Gala opening ceremony: US America's Cup Challenger
Opti Sailors and American Magic coming to town
Posted on 12 Jul
Team GBR at the Optimist European Championships
264 sailors share venue with the Volvo Ocean Race finish
Posted on 10 Jul
Entries for 2018 Sail Melbourne are now open
To be held at Royal Brighton Yacht Club in December
Posted on 10 Jul
USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival overall
Tiebreaker hands Macaulay win at Pensacola YC
Posted on 2 Jul
USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival day 1
Local Gil Hackel leads at Pensacola
Posted on 1 Jul
New junior training boats for Blithfield SC
Club working hard on increasing participation
Posted on 29 Jun
Foley wins 26th International Optimist Regatta
Speed and tactics prove to be the winning combination
Posted on 18 Jun
USODA Worlds Team wins Optimist Team Race Regatta
At the St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta
Posted on 17 Jun
Countdown to 2018 Optimist Nationals
The countdown to the 2018 Optimist Nationals at Pensacola Yacht Club continues.
Posted on 15 Jun
Optimist sailors at the Volvo Ocean Race!
A day to remember for the young sailors in Cardiff
Posted on 15 Jun
Parkstone Optimist Open
108 sailors across three fleets in Poole Harbour
Posted on 15 Jun
26th International Optimist Regatta at St. Thomas
103 junior sailors from five nations ready to sail
Posted on 15 Jun
Opti State champions crowned in Goolwa
Austin Higgins holds off close competition from Tana Deyell
Posted on 12 Jun
26th International Optimist Regatta preview
110 young sailors set for St. Thomas Yacht Club
Posted on 12 Jun
SA Optimist States and Frostbite Regatta day 1
It was a beautiful morning to kick off the first day
Posted on 9 Jun
YOO Youth Regatta at Bowmoor
Including the Optimist Regatta at the club
Posted on 8 Jun
2018 SA Optimist States and Frostbite Regatta
2018 Musto SA Optimist State Championship will be sailed this weekend
Posted on 8 Jun
Beastie tour at Burnham
Described as 'Otter Week in a Day'
Posted on 6 Jun
32nd Trofeo Marco Rizzotti at Compagnia della Vela
Four continents, 15 countries and 19 teams
Posted on 6 Jun
Oppie Camp at Bowmoor Sailing Club
A record number of families take part
Posted on 6 Jun
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Team Racing in the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club requires strategy and smart sailing rather than just raw speed.
© Talbot Wilson
Full four boat teams represent Canada, Great Britain and the USA and many of the teams are composed of young sailors from multiple countries.
© Talbot Wilson
The three-day 2018 Optimist Team Race National Championship began Friday with 24 teams competing in the USODA event hosted by Pensacola Yacht Club
© Talbot Wilson
Much of the girls were OCS in the start of Race 2 as current played havoc with the fleet in the 2018 Optimist Girls National Championship 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club.
© Talbot Wilson
Samara Walsh (19971) from New York won Today's Girls National Championship leading all sailors with 9 points (2,2,5). Sara Schumann (21758) of Ft Lauderdale was second with 14 points (1,11,2)
© Talbot Wilson
Samara Walshe from New York won Today's Girls National Championship leading the 66 other sailors with 9 points 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club. Prizes were presented to Samara by Tom Pace
© Talbot Wilson
Hap Fauth, Bora Gulari and Caleb Paine visit the USODA National Championships in Pensacola, Florida, for a presentation on AC36.
© Amory Ross / American Magic
Hap Fauth, Bora Gulari and Caleb Paine visit the USODA National Championships in Pensacola, Florida, for a presentation on AC36.
© Amory Ross / American Magic
Hap Fauth, Bora Gulari and Caleb Paine visit the USODA National Championships in Pensacola, Florida, for a presentation on AC36.
© Amory Ross / American Magic
Tate Singleton wins Optimist fleet at Hollowell's shared Topper open meeting
© Victoria Turnbull
Green Fleeters had an excellent regatta under the guidance of Principal Race Officer Bert Rice at the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club.
© Talbot Wilson
Stephan Baker was Overall Champion Sailor n the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club. The Silver loving cup and tray were presented to Baker by Tom Pace, Jr the Optimist Nationals chairman.
© Talbot Wilson
Stephan Baker of Miami (L) threw a lee bow tack on Malthe Ebdrup of Denmark in the final upwind leg today to break Ebdrup's cover and took the lead. Baker came out ahead of Ebdrup after seven races by three points.
© Talbot Wilson
Maithe Ebdrup of Denmark (DEN1768) who led the Pink fleet and stands second overall, will move into the Gold Fleet for Wednesday's final races in the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club.
© Talbot Wilson
Although there is no actual scoring in the Green Fleet of the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club, Brayden Zawyer was clearly at the top of his game after 13 races
© Talbot Wilson
Stephan Baker takes the lead off the start line in the Green Division race in Set 5 in the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club.
© Talbot Wilson
Jonnie Ciffolillo (21662) of Mattapoisett MA and Pearse Dowd (21833) of Marblehead MA battle downwind in the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club.
© Talbot Wilson
Ian Lent (22237) of Easton CT heads upwind after rounding the leeward mark. He's the right-of-way Opti amid his competition still on their downwind leg in the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club.
© Talbot Wilson
Gil Hackel, 21447, of Pensacola was in 13th place after four sets of races in the 2018 Optimist National Championship sailed out of Pensacola Yacht Club.
© Talbot Wilson
The Draycote Optimist Open will take place Saturday 21st July
© Steve Irish
Stephan Baker relaxes aboard his coach's boat between races. He is a member of the USA Worlds Team.
© Talbot Wilson
The Purple Division got off to a clean start in the first set of races Sunday on Pensacola Bay. The young sailors got off the beach at 10:00 and didn't return to shore until after 5:00PM. Four sets of three races each were sailed by the Green, Pink
© Talbot Wilson
Emery Diemar of Coconut Grove FL has has game face on before day-1 to the 2018 Optimist Nationals.
© Talbot Wilson
The team from the NYYC US America's Cup Challenger `American Magic` will Keynote with an American Magic Challenge update presentation.
© Troy Gilbert
Organized by the USODA and Pensacola Yacht Club, 2018 Optimist Nationals began with measurement and check in Over 400 young Opti sailors are expected to race in the Optimist National Championships Fleet Racing July 15-18.
© Troy Gilbert
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.
© Troy Gilbert
Team Racing is a highlight of all the Optimist Nationals. Two teams of four boats each go head to head. About two dozen teams will compete over three days July 20-22.
© 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
The team from the NYYC US America's Cup Challenger `American Magic` will Keynote with an American Magic Challenge update presentation
© Dave Hein
264 Sailors of 44 countries from Europe and beyond for the Optimist Europeans 2018
© Sander van der Borch / CODE-ZERO