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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 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
Antigua to host Caribbean Dinghy Championship
CDC event is unique in that it provides the opportunity for teams
Posted on 5 Jun
Scottish Optimist Travellers at North Berwick
As part of the East Lothian Yacht Club Summer Regatta
Posted on 5 Jun
Marlow sponsor International Optimist Association
As a practical partner for grass-roots sailing
Posted on 30 May
Close racing at Samui Youth Challenge
37 youngsters from Phuket, Sattahip, Bangkok and Samui took part
Posted on 27 May
Midlands Optimist Circuit launches
First event on 9th June at Staunton Harold
Posted on 23 May
Volvo Gill Optimist Inlands at Grafham
Light winds continue for 263 young helms in first ranking event
Posted on 23 May
Register for 26th International Optimist Regatta
Deadline for charters is May 20
Posted on 19 May
Bartley Junior Regatta
30 boats from the local clubs take part
Posted on 14 May
Scottish Optimists at Bardowie Loch
Lots of messing around and great bacon rolls!
Posted on 14 May
Register for USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival
To be held from Pensacola Yacht Club at the end of June
Posted on 12 May
GBR Optimist Team Selection Trials at the WPNSA
Very little wind and a big effort from the race management team
Posted on 10 May
Eric Twiname Junior Championships overall
Winners crowned at Rutland
Posted on 7 May
Eric Twiname Junior Championships day 2
Light winds test the sailors at Rutland
Posted on 6 May
Eric Twiname Junior Championships day 1
Fun in the sun at Rutland Water
Posted on 5 May
GBR Optimist Team Selection Trials this weekend
At the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
Posted on 2 May
British stars set for Eric Twiname Junior Champs
More than 280 of most promising young sailors will come together for a Bank Holiday battle
Posted on 2 May
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The USA's Peter Foley, 26th International Optimist Regatta winner
© Dean Barnes
Top Three Sailors at 2018 26th International Optimist Regatta. L to R: Stephan Baker, Peter Foley and Tommy Sitzmann.
© Dean Barnes
International Optimist Team Race Regatta
© Mattias Cappizzano
Worlds Team USA - International Optimist Team Race Regatta
© Mattias Cappizzano
International Optimist Team Race Regatta
© Mattias Cappizzano
Worlds Team USA - International Optimist Team Race Regatta
© Mattias Cappizzano
Regatta fleet take a break between races during the Parkstone Optimist Open
© Roger Hakes
Main fleet windward mark rounding during the Parkstone Optimist Open
© Rob McCormick
Regatta fleet round the leeward mark during the Parkstone Optimist Open
© Joey Dorsett
Main fleet start during the Parkstone Optimist Open
© Rob McCormick
Main fleet get towed home during the Parkstone Optimist Open
© Richard Edwards
Alex Keegan and Parkstone Commodore Rob Jarrett present the Parkstone Optimist Open prizes
© Roger Hakes
Parkstone Optimist Open winners Barney Bromilow, Tom Hakes and Henry Keegan with Parkstone Commodore Rob Jarrett
© Roger Hakes
Coached Regatta fleet ready to sail during the Parkstone Optimist Open
© Susie Evans
Main fleet N over A during the Parkstone Optimist Open
© Rob McCormick
The Parkstone Laser fleet, led by Andrew Hartley, ran Main fleet race management during the Parkstone Optimist Open
© James Hartley
The BVI's Samuel Allen stands with a Mocko Jumbie (stilt-walker) in front of the St. Thomas Yacht Club.
© Dean Barnes ?
Over 100 sailors competing in the International Optimist Regatta, presented by EMS Virgin Islands, stand in front of the St. Thomas Yacht Club.
© Dean Barnes ?
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. Over 400 young Opti sailors are expected to race in the Optimist National Championships
© Talbot Wilson
Optimist filled the bay in Pensacola for the 2015 USODA Optimist Nationals. They are coming back July 13-22, 2018 for more great sailing on Pensacola Bay.
© 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
Pensacola Yacht Club is proud to host its third set of Optimist National Championship regattas. The Watson Sailing Center (L), the clubhouse and world's favorite bar, the pool and beach— all 22 acres- will be bustling with young sailors for the 8-day
© Talbot Wilson
Winning Team: Team Scallywag during the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover
© Sharon Davidson-Guild
GBR Team sailors on board MAPFRE with Blair Tuke and Peter Burling during the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover
© Sharon Davidson-Guild
Navigation tips from Ian Walker during the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover
© Sharon Davidson-Guild
Winning Team: Team Scallywag during the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover
© Sharon Davidson-Guild
Runners-Up (Pink) The Boatyard during the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover
© Sharon Davidson-Guild
Red Team; Winners of the Sportsmanship Award during the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover
© Sharon Davidson-Guild
Sailors listen to coaches in the TOTE Maritime Clinic
© Matis Capizzano / www.capizzano.com
St. Thomas, USVI's Caroline Sibilly sailing in the TOTE Maritime Clinic.
© Matis Capizzano / www.capizzano.com