Crew: 1 man crew. For racing, ideal weight of sailor should be between 40 and 45kgs.
Dimensions: 2.3 meters in length, 1.13 meters in width and ±35kg.
Sail Area: 3.5 square meters.
Class: Restricted (hull shape remains the same from year to year)
Characteristics: Perfect for young teams between the ages of 8 and 15 years old who enjoy racing.
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Optimists are designed for kids and is a flat bottomed, hard chine, pram-bow dingy with a single sail. 87% of sailors who qualified for the 1st youth Olympics were former Optimist sailors. Most children start around the age of 8 until and including the year in which they have their 15th birthday. There are around 130,000 registered Optimists in the world with regular events all over the world.