International Optimist Class

Each year thousands of kids are introduced to the sport of sailing through the Optimist Dinghy, the largest youth sailing class in the world for young sailors between the ages of 7 to 15 years.

The Optimist is where young sailors learn to make new friends with those that share a passion for sailing and the love and freedom of being out on the water.

Optimist sailors are glued together by the camaraderie that comes from the ‘Opti Experience’ for both girls and boys.  They are part of an extended family of Opti sailors in over 110 countries around the world.

With over 173,000 Optimists built since it became an International Class in 1983, generations of boys and girls started sailing and learned to race in local, national, continental and world championships.