The Optimist Dinghy
The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The boat is 7’ 9” long with a 3’ 8” beam.
It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world with over 150,000 boats officially registered in the class and many more built but never registered. The Optimist dinghy is the core vessel used by Bow To Stern Boating for its sailing training with young (14 and under) sailors.
The single sail of the Optimist is sprit-rigged. The Optimist has a pram hull, making it easy to sail the smaller boats.