The Optimist dinghy is a wonderful boat for children aged 5 to 15. Oppies cover the full range from wooden homebuilds through cheap plastic training hulls to highly sophisticated fibreglass racing boats. This range means the boat can develop with the sailor. And the Optimist class has nurtured some of the greatest sailors in the world, including of course Ben Ainslie, five times Olympic gold medallist.
The Scottish Optimist scene is one of the most welcoming and vibrant in the UK. Previous sailing experience is definitely not a requirement for parents – help and advice is available every step of the way. Basic sail training can be had at many clubs and schools and is the best preparation for the fabulous and fun racing circuit. All our racing events feature a regatta fleet with great coaches. Fully fledged sailors battle it out in the main fleet at Scottish events and races nationwide. Your children will amaze you!
The new 2015 Calendar is now on the events page.
More details will follow about the events as we get closer but for now get those diaries filled up!
We look forward to seeing you all over the coming year