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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 Victorian Youth Champs set for April
Victoria's most talented youth sailors will descend on the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria
Posted on 19 Feb
2021 Admiral's Cup at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club
69 Optimist sailors compete in Pattaya, Thailand
Posted on 18 Feb
Riva del Garda, Italy to host 2021 Optimist Worlds
Another year of great youth sailing is about to begin
Posted on 16 Feb
Craftinsure continue support of Irish Optimists
Keen to help young sailors back on the water
Posted on 16 Feb
Australia Day at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club
Special guest appearance by Alistair Murray and Malcolm Page
Posted on 6 Feb
Christian Brewer reflects on the America's Cup
'Great oaks from little acorns grow'
Posted on 5 Feb
2021 Eric Twiname Junior Championships postponed
Now considering the option of the weekend of July 10 and 11
Posted on 26 Jan
International Optimist Regatta registration open
The 2021 St. Thomas Yacht Club event can only accept a maximum of 125 sailors
Posted on 18 Jan
Optimist Western Australian State Championship
Held during the Goolugatup Sailing Carnival
Posted on 12 Jan
Optimist year-end sail at King George
Final coaching session held on a grey cool morning
Posted on 30 Dec 2020
St. Thomas Yacht Club announces 2021 schedule
Competitive and COVID-safe yacht racing returns in a new normal way
Posted on 19 Dec 2020
Entries open for Banjo's Shoreline Crown Series
The popular Tasmanian regatta at Bellerive Yacht Club
Posted on 15 Dec 2020
Millfield Prep siblings on pathway to success
In RYA Regional Training Group and SW Regional Optimists Squad
Posted on 11 Dec 2020
OptiOrange Valencia NoR published
Fourth edition set for March 2021 and entries are open
Posted on 8 Dec 2020
Optimist Winter Training at Bosham
Back out on the water after two false starts
Posted on 7 Dec 2020
OnBoard sailors get new boat boost
Ten youngsters from across the UK have been handed a huge boost
Posted on 27 Nov 2020
Open Dinghy Regatta 2020 at Hebe Haven YC
The event was a great success with more than 150 boats
Posted on 5 Nov 2020
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Showdown Regatta
The sailing gods deliver magnificent sailing conditions
Posted on 1 Nov 2020
GBR Optimist Team at the European Championship
First British boy on the podium in 20 years
Posted on 27 Oct 2020
Optimist Europeans is a great success
Despite challenges in Portorož, Slovenia
Posted on 25 Oct 2020
Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia overall
Event called to an early end due to the region being red-listed
Posted on 24 Oct 2020
Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 3
Qualifications completed, finals start Friday
Posted on 23 Oct 2020
Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 2
Two races for all when the sea breeze fills in
Posted on 22 Oct 2020
Optimist Europeans at Portorož, Slovenia day 1
Light winds and big shifts
Posted on 21 Oct 2020
Optimist European Championship officially opened
269 sailors from 34 countries taking part in Portorož, Slovenia
Posted on 20 Oct 2020
Regional Junior Championships conclude
The young racers were rewarded with blue skies and a brisk wind
Posted on 28 Sep 2020
Hamble River Sailing Club Optimist Open
A range of events for 58 younger sailors
Posted on 24 Sep 2020
Royal Lymington Yacht Club Junior Race Week
A 'no frills' event for 84 boats and 110 sailors
Posted on 16 Sep 2020
What happens when a Moth meets an Optimist?
You get a Mothtimist... a must-watch fun video!
Posted on 15 Sep 2020
Adjusting the sails
Sailors are by nature resourceful and adapt to changing conditions
Posted on 11 Sep 2020
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2021 Admiral's Cup at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand
© Riccardo Vittoria
2021 Admiral's Cup at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand
© Saksiri Subying
2021 Admiral's Cup at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand
© Saksiri Subying
2021 Admiral's Cup at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand
© Riccardo Vittoria
Optimist World Championship 2021
© IOCA
There's always close competition in the Off The Beach Class in the Banjos Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta
© Jane Austin
Opti sailors at Australia Day at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club
© Australian Sailing Team
Opti sailors at Australia Day at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club
© Australian Sailing Team
2021 Eric Twiname Junior Championships postponed
© Richard Aspland / RYA / British Youth Sailing
Some 113 junior sailors from a dozen nations participated in the 2019 International Optimist Regatta.
© Dean Barnes
Jasper Stay (1718) takes 3rd place in the Optimist Western Australian State Championship
© Rick Steuart
Startline action from the Optimist Western Australian State Championship
© Rick Steuart
Aaron Teo wins the Optimist Western Australian State Championship
© Rick Steuart
Sail Melbourne Regatta
© Beau Outteridge
Optimist pathway sailors year-end sail at King George
© Andrew Byrne
Optimist pathway sailors year-end sail at King George
© Andrew Byrne
International Optimist Regatta
© St. Thomas Yacht Club
Rory Pollard in training
© Gavin Pollard
The Banjo's Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta offers a strong sailing program for the Off The Beach fleet
© Jane Austin
Noosa River coaching a friend's child 
© Adrian Finglas
IOCA South Pre-RTG Winter Training at Bosham
© Roger Cerrato
IOCA South Pre-RTG Winter Training at Bosham
© Roger Cerrato
IOCA South Pre-RTG Winter Training at Bosham
© Roger Cerrato
Club racing at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club
© Gerard van den Hoek
Optimists tussle on the line - 2020 Open Dinghy Regatta, Day 2
© Fragrant Harbour
Optimists round the top mark - Open Dinghy Regatta, Day 1
© Fragrant Harbour
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Showdown Regatta
© Jane Austin
Team GBR at the 2020 Optimist European Championship - briefing
© Clare Sargent
Team GBR at the 2020 Optimist European Championship
© Clare Sargent
Team GBR at the 2020 Optimist European Championship
© Clare Sargent
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