The Optimist is, quite simply, the dinghy in which the young people of the world learn to sail.  It is a single sailor, 7'6" by 3'8" flat bottomed, hard-chine, pram-bowed dinghy.  The boat weighs 77lbs and is easily car topped frequently with two on the roof.  It is the only dinghy approved by the International Sailing Federation exclusively for sailors under 16 years of age. Optis are sailed in over 95 countries by over 150,000 people.  In the US, Optis are sailed across the country with concentrations in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic States, Midwest, and Gulf Coast. Opti sailing has been growing at a tremendous rate throughout the country for the last few years.

Optimist Class Web Site

Trophies and Winner History

ILYA Fleet Representative
Chris Allen
N66W27606 Maple St. 
Sussex, WI 53089
Cell: (414) 659-4908

ILYA Class IOD Fleet Committee Bylaws


Length 7.6 feet
Beam 3.8 feet
Hull Wood
Hull Wgt 77 lbs.
Crew 1+

Sail Area

Main 108 sq.ft.
Spar Wood or Aluminum

Pine Lake - Barkow Trophy

2017 ILYA Optimist Champs - Delavan Lake Yacht Club  



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