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Optimist Sailing

The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by young people up to the age of 15. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class. Optimists are sailed in over 120 countries and it is one of only two sailboats as an International Class by World Sailing exclusively for sailors under 16. Optimists are a great way for children to learn to sail.


About the boat

  • Type: Singlehanded Dinghy

  • Typical Weight Range: 70-125 lbs

  • About: The most popular racing trainer around the world, the Opti is small but technical, with a long history of teaching racing skills and developing highly competitive sailors.

  • Length: 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m)

  • Beam: 3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)

  • Hull weight: 35kg (77lbs)

  • Speed scale: 1/5

  • Class recognition: international class (is recognized by World Sailing, the international governing body for the sport of sailing).

  • Class website



Please be informed that all junior students are required to pay an annual enrollment fee of $125 upon applying to participate in a sailing course. This fee covers the cost of registration, materials, and access to the sailing facilities.

The enrollment fee is due at the time of acceptance and is non-refundable. It is valid for one year from the date of payment.

We encourage you to apply early to secure your spot in our sailing courses. Classes fill up quickly, so don't miss out!

Thank you for your interest in SMAP. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

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