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Optimist Sailing Dinghy

Optimist Sailing Dinghy

The Optimist sailing dinghy is a single-handed racing dinghy ideal for children up to the age of 15, it is also known as an ‘Opti’ ‘Opi’ or ‘Oppie’. the Optimist comes complete with a mainsail and sturdy hull design, is easy to sail and makes a fantastic starter boat.

With over 150,000 Optimists registered worldwide, the Optimist sailing dinghy is a popular class with an active international class association. The Optimist was designed by Clark Mills in 1947 and is usually made of fibreglass, although the classic wooden Optimists are still available.

The Optimist has a PY number of 1642.

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Optimist Specification

Optimist Length2.36m
Optimist Beam1.12m 
Optimist Hull Weight35kg
Optimist Mainsail3.3sqm 
Optimist Hull ConstructionFibreglass or plywood
Optimist FoilsPlywood or composite
Optimist DesignerClark Mills
Optimist PY1642
Optimist UK Class

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For sailors by sailors. Whilst we appreciate fast cars, supercharged engines and break neck speeds, it’s harnessing the sheer awesomeness of what nature has to throw at us that we love best.

Dinghy sailing is a skill, a lifestyle and an identity. It’s something special, that few get to experience, love and cherish. From screaming reaches, great memories and company, to escapism, adventures and mishaps, sailing is something special, it’s unique and it’s what we live for.

Whether it’s time for an upgrade, to purchase your first dinghy or sadly sell, we’re here to make things easy.

We recognise that the wants and needs of dinghy sailors differ from other water sports. Thats why we’ve dedicated this website to you! And furthermore, as our way of giving back to the sport we love, it’s also free to use.

So enjoy and please feedback to us!

The team 🙂

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