Optimist Sailboat a Mainstay for Put-in-Bay Sailing Instruction

Optimist Sailboat

Image courtesy of Tom Coleman

The Opti, as it is most often called, is designed for use by small children up to fifteen years of age.  As a single-handed sailing dinghy, the Opti is perfect for beginner sailors.  The Optimist was designed in Clearwater, Florida, sixty-nine years ago, by Clark Mills.  Tom Coleman, often referred to as the guru of Optis, claims the boat has become “THE definitive teaching boat for hundreds of thousands of children the world over.”Put in Bay Optis