Optimist - In Brief

MadforSailing takes a quick look at the Optimist, the ultimate junior trainer and racer
Designed to provide a first sailing and racing boat for children, thousands have been built and are sailed at clubs all over the UK. The unique spritsail rig and basic fittings make them equally popular as knock-about fun boats or racers. The hull is a very basic hard chine design and many have been built by amateurs from plywood. They are now available in GRP foam sandwich construction with considerable debate over the most successful manufacturer at the top level of competition. The class association is very active in the UK and world wide, with graded events available for all levels of the learning curve. Photo by Steve Arkley Builders Winner Boats APS Krogsbjergvej 8 DK5600 FAABORG Denmark Tel: +45 62 61 9336 Fax: +45 62 61 9333 email: winner.dk@vip.cybercity.dk LDC Racing Sailboats Trafalgar Close Chandlers Ford Eastleigh, Hants SO52 4BW Tel: 02380 274600 email: ldcsailboats@csi.com John Noble Dinghy Maintenance Services 4 Malwood Gardens Totton Southampton Tel: 02380 865004 Bell Boats Ltd Brundall, Norwich Norfolk NR13 5PY Tel: 01603 713109 Fax: 01603 714141