The International Optimist Dinghy Class has emerged as the fastest growing dinghy class for youth sailing programs all around the world and is the only dinghy exclusively for under 16s recognized by the ISAF (International Sailing Federation).
The opportunity to enjoy sailing, travel, and making friends all over the world are unequaled by any other youth boat. 80% of sailors in the 2012 London Olympics were Former Optimist sailors.
It can be sailed with two though it is best sailed single handed. After all, our kids didn't learn to ride a bike tandem! The Optimist is a simple, safe, boat that a young child can learn to sail and quickly experience self-confidence and success.