About the ‘Oppie’
A favourite starter boat for children, the Optimist or ‘Oppie’ is a small, light (35Kg) single hander with a simple rig. Originally designed in 1947 by Clark Mills, a modified version was introduced into Scandinavia and subsequently into the whole of Europe. The design was standardised in 1960 and became a strict one design in 1995.
LOA 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m)
LWL 7 ft (2.13 m)
Beam 3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
Draft 5 in (0.13 m) / 2 ft 9 in (0.84 m)
Hull Weight (with fittings) 77 lb (35 kg)
Mast Height (above deck) 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)
Mainsail area 35 ft2 (3.3 m2)
The Club currently has nine Optimists in the training fleet which are intensively used during Tuesday night training and Youth Week.
The Optimist Class Captain Kirsty Higgins says:
I never thought it would happen to me but I have become an “Oppie Parent” and with this new role comes the task of being a class captain. A lot is going on in Scotland at the moment in the Optimist Class – training for all standards at Strathclyde Loch over the winter months, new fleets of Optimists appearing in sailing clubs up and down Scotland and the 2009 Nationals taking place at Largs. Dalgety Bay SC runs superb youth training on Tuesday nights from May through to September and hosts the legendary Youth Week in August. We would like to take this a step further and encourage as many would-be-Ben Ainslies to use the fleet of Optimists we have in the club to take part in the planned youth racing. The idea is to have quick simple and fun racing at the same time (but on a different smaller course) as the main weekend club racing, with results being fed into a series championship with a myriad of prizes. It is hoped this will enable younger members to enjoy sailing on normal club days and see some of our top sailors in action.
Kirsty can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01383 822153
Other Useful Links
International Optimist Class Association: www.optimistsailing.org.uk
International Optimist Dinghy Association: www.optiworld.org