Class History

When the Clearwater, Florida Optimist couldn't run the Soap Box Derby program because of the city's flat terrain, they looked for a sailing alternative. In 1947 Clark Mills designed the Optimist Pram, a home-built plywood dinghy that cost less than $50. It caught on quickly. In 1958, Axel Damgaard brought the trainer to Denmark where it was modified and renamed the International Optimist Dinghy. Today, this eight-foot, sprit-rigged boat is the only International Sailing Federation approved dinghy for sailors under 16 years of age. opti-sailplan.gif

Boat Specifications

Length: 7 ft 61/2 in (2.31 m)
Width: 3 ft 8 in (1.13 m)
Weight: 77 lb (35 kg)
Sail Area: 33 sq ft (3 sq m)



International Optimist40 mm Carbo T2 single - 214929 mm Carbo T2 single - 214657 mm Carbo Ratchamatic-2625Small Stand-up Boot - 36940 mm Carbo T2 Single Loop Block -  2148

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Carbo Ratchamatic® Mainsheet Block

Automatically shifts from light air to ratchet mode. Engagement adjusts to suit weight and sailing style. Fast Release!

Carbo T2™ Block

Reeve Spectra® line through a snap clip to attach this trick block to the bridle. Use the same line to form a becket on which to deadend the mainsheet.

Opti Hook-In Halyard Block

The Opti hook-in block allows sailors to precisely adjust halyard tension. Glass-filled nylon shell saddles mast to keep block aligned. Free-rolling 16 mm sheave with stainless steel balls handles high loads.

Available Through Your Opti Parts Dealer

Harken Hook-in Halyard Block available through an Optiparts dealer. Dealer listings at www.optiparts.com

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