Optimist Boat Sales & Class Information
The Optimist is one of the most popular sailing training dinghies in the world, if not THE most popular. Many great sailors have learnt to sail in an Optimist. This page is here for you to advertise your Optimist for sale or to browse current boats for sale. Remember – it’s FREE to list your Optimist on DinghyMart and we will share your advert on our Facebook page and relevant class related pages.
An Introduction to the World’s Favourite Training Dinghy
The Optimist sailing dinghy, often referred to as the “Opti,” is a popular and widely recognized sailboat designed for young sailors, typically aged 8 to 15 years old. It is one of the most popular boats used for introductory and competitive youth sailing programs worldwide.
Compact, Lightweight and Stable
The Optimist dinghy is known for its simplicity, durability, and ease of use, making it an excellent choice for beginners. Its design features a pram-like hull with a single sail, and it is typically sailed by a single person. The boat’s compact size and lightweight nature allow young sailors to handle it easily both on and off the water.
Training Young Sailors around the World
One of the reasons behind the Optimist’s popularity is its global recognition. It is used extensively in youth sailing programs and regattas around the world, providing a consistent platform for young sailors to develop their skills and compete against their peers. The boat’s widespread adoption means that there is a large community of Optimist sailors, which facilitates camaraderie and competition within the sport.
Pram Shaped Hull provides Stability
In terms of stability, the Optimist is designed to be very stable and forgiving, making it an excellent choice for beginners. Its pram-shaped hull and low center of gravity provide stability and make it less prone to capsizing, even in moderate winds. This stability allows young sailors to build their confidence and skills while feeling secure on the water.
Start your Sailing Journey in an Optimist
Overall, the Optimist sailing dinghy is an ideal boat for young sailors who are just starting their sailing journey. Its popularity, simplicity, and stability make it a widely recommended choice for youth sailing programs and a fantastic platform for learning and enjoying the sport of sailing.
Optimist Sailing in the UK
The Optimist is a single-handed dinghy, designed to teach young children how to sail in safety and up to a high standard. There are around 65 active Optimist Flotillas around the country based at local sailing clubs on the coast, inland lakes and reservoirs.”https://www.facebook.com/iocauk/
Optimist Portsmouth Yardstick
The Portsmouth Yardstick is used to calculate the performance of mixed classes of boats in a handicap race. The lower the PY the faster the boat. For illustration – a Dart 18 has a PY of 832, a Laser 1 ILCA7 has a PY of 1100 and a Topper has a PY of 1365. More information and latest PY numbers can be found here – RYA PY
- Optimist PY number is currently 1642
Optimist Dinghy Gallery
A selection of Optimist dinghies sailing in various locations and conditions. All images are courtesy of WikiMedia Commons unless otherwise indicated
Optimist useful links
- Optimist UK Class Association Facebook (*external link)
- Optimist UK official website (*external link)
Optimist Dinghies for Sale
If you have got an Optimist you’d like to sell – please advertise it FREE on DinghyMart. We will help sell your boat by sharing it on relevant social media pages. Remember – if you found this page so will someone else looking to buy or sell an Optimist sailing dinghy
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