The Optimist is a single-handed class sailed by juniors up to 15 years of age (depending on size) with many beginning their sailing careers from the age of 8 years. With its simple rigging, it is very easy for children to learn the basics of sailing and gain invaluable racing experience as they progress.

Many Olympic sailors started in Optimists. It is recognised as the International training boat. Boats are available form $500—$5000.

State Class Association Website: http://www.waioda.org.au/