A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
About the Optimist Sailboat
The Optimist sailboat has grown to be one of the most popular single handed dinghy fleets in the world. The small size of the pram sailboat makes it ideal for teaching sailing fundamentals, solid boat handling and racing skills. Optimist dinghy fleets are occupied by children up to 15 years old. The single sail and sprit-rig make the small sailboat easy to rig while the pram hull construction makes a sturdy racing sailboat. The Optimist travels well on top of a SUV, in a truck bed, or on a trailer. With regattas around the world and starting lines with 200+ boats, these small boats have produced some of the world’s greatest sailors.
Our Optimist Class
The Optimist class is for young students, ages 10-12, who have learned the basics of sailing in the Pram class. The class will begin by reviewing beginner sailing concepts, and will progress with more advanced chalk talks. The class is designed to solidify students' understanding of sailing concepts while encouraging them to begin racing in order to progress on to our Opti Race Team. This class is a great place for intermediate sailors to begin racing in a relaxed and fun environment!