The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The boats are made of Fiberglass and are one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class.

The Optimist is recognized as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation. Opti’s are used for beginners. Usually the boats are single-handers. In this mode children gain confidence and improved skills. Many sailing schools and yacht clubs own a number of them and they are the first boat most beginners will sail.


Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction Fiberglass
Rig Sprit-Rigged
Keel (daggerboard or centreboard)
LOA 7 ft. 9 in.
LWL 7 ft. 2 in.
Beam 3 ft. 8 in.
Draft 5 in.
Hull weight 77 lb
Mast height 7 ft. 5 in.
Mainsail area 35 sq. ft.