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In Summary:


Age Group:

Junior Sailors


A very stable and forgiving junior trainer.

Age & Weight Range For The Optimist Class:

The ideal age for the Optimist class is approximately 7-10 years old. Participation in Optimist class races is permitted only up to the age of 15, regardless of size and weight.

Adults and kids setting up their Optmist boat on land

About the Optimist Class

Getting started in the Optimist fleet is an exciting time for many kids – hopefully, their experience sailing this child-friendly dinghy will be the starting point for a lifelong enjoyment of sailing. As a testament to its safe and sturdy construction, the Optimist is currently sailed by over 250,000 kids today across more than 120 countries.

WIth numbers like these, it’s safe to say the Optimist is the most popular dinghy class in the world today.

Features & Benefits of the Optimist class

The O’Pen skiff is a fantastic boat for junior sailors, with an 100% open design offering easy recovery in the event of a capsize. This innovative dinghy is also self-bailing, with an up-to-date and versatile rig helping kids get out on the water with a minimum of fuss.

The O’pen BIC offers kids a machine that’s incredibly fun, enabling them to enjoy racing on current, high-performance equipment scaled down to suit their level of development. Hundreds of sailing clubs around the world have chosen an O’pen BIC fleet for their juniors, offering a new, fun way of teaching vital sailing skills while providing a fantastic experience out on the water.

Racing in the Optimist

Once our young sailors are confident, transition from a plastic to fibreglass hulled Optimist improves their performance when it comes to club or national Optimist class racing.

Optimist Class Events in WA & Interstate

Upcoming Optimist class events:

Optimist events in Australia
Optimist events in WA

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Optimist Fleet in Perth – Mounts Bay Sailing Club

At Mounts Bay Sailing Club, we welcome new members to join our Optimist Fleet, whether that’s sailing your Optimist in our family-friendly Twilight Sailing or weekend racing event or participating in any of our junior training programs.

We offer both ‘learn to sail’ courses for kids and our regular Learning & Development program, running on regular weeknights throughout the sailing season and as school holiday courses.

At Mounts Bay Sailing Club, we use the very popular ‘Tackers’ version of the Optimist for our kids learning to sail for the first time. The Tackers Optimist is made from strong plastic and has a more forgiving hull shape and higher boom.

The Tackers Optimist is the perfect dinghy for kids new to sailing, enabling them to learn good foundational skills in our junior ‘learn to sail’ courses or our Starter Squad training group.

At Mounts Bay kids can use our Optimist fleet, included in junior membership or course fees.

Interested in sailing an Optimist in Perth? Get in touch with MBSC’s sailing development officer to find out how we can get your young sailor out on the Swan River in our Tackers Optimist Fleet.

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