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Australian Optimist National Championship victory to Jack Graves By Clare Murray, 8:40 PM Fri 20 Jan 2012
Australian Optimist National Championship - Conditions were too strong for the Green Fleet to race with 18 to 20 knots from the south creating short choppy seas. Jack Graves has won after consistent racing on the final day of the series. 'I think it went better than I expected it to be honest,' Jack said. 'I was really happy with my performance. ...[more]

Australian Optimist National Championship - Choppy conditions on day 4 By Clare Murray, 8:22 PM Thu 19 Jan 2012
Australian Optimist National Championship - Australian Jack Graves has moved into first overall. The breeze was building through the day from ten knots when they hit the water at ten this morning to 18 when they came back to shore at three this afternoon. There were a lot of capsizes with a south easterly creating short choppy waves. ...[more]

Fickle conditions for racing at Australian Optimist Championships By Andrew Gough, Queensland , 9:59 PM Wed 18 Jan 2012
Racing got underway today at the Australian Optimist Championships in a light five to eight knot breeze. Leading from the start of the first race O' Connell led around the top mark and went onto to defeat international competitor Ka Ho Sze from Hong Kong across the line. ...[more]

Optimist and 29er Championships 2012 - And the wind blows By Clare Murray, 5:06 PM Tue 17 Jan 2012
A strong wind warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on the morning of the second day of racing for the Optimists and the fourth day of racing for the 29ers at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. ...[more]

Australian Optimist Championships racing underway By Andrew Gough, Queensland , 7:13 PM Mon 16 Jan 2012
The 2011-12 Australian Optimist Championships got underway today in Brisbane. At the top of the leader board after the first race was Jim Colley from New South Wales winning the first race of the regatta and the day in the pink flight. ...[more]

Success of ex-Optimist sailors at ISAF Youth Worlds By Secretary Optimist class Sally Burnett, manchester , 12:19 PM Thu 21 Jul 2011
Five of the six gold medallist skippers at the recent ISAF World Youth Championships had previously sailed at Optimist World Championships. Remarkably two of them, Carlos Roble (ESP) in the 29er and Martin Lowy (BRA) in the SL16 only left the Optimist class seven months ago, having participated in the Optimist Worlds at the end of 2010. ...[more]

Garda Optimist Meeting day one + images By Fraglia Vela Riva, 10:22 AM Fri 22 Apr 2011
The first day of the 29th Garda Optimist Meeting was eventful with sun, wind and three legs completed. ...[more]

Garda Optimist Meeting hits 1000 helmsmen By Fraglia Vela Riva, 5:42 AM Wed 20 Apr 2011
Around forty nations will be participating in the 29th Garda Optimist Meeting which kicks off with a parade through the centre of Rive del Garda. ...[more]

Victorian and Open Optimist Championships record fleet turn out By Steven Bond, 10:17 AM Thu 17 Mar 2011
Victorian and Open Optimist Championships were held on Saturday and a record fleet turned out at Mornington Yacht Club. The fleet was evenly split with 55 sailors in each of the Open and Green fleets ...[more]

Tasmanian State Championship nurturing junior sailing in Tasmania By Peter Campbell, 11:58 PM Fri 4 Mar 2011
The Sandy Bay Sailing Club on Hobart’s sweeping Nutgrove Beach this weekend is hosting the 2011 Tasmanian State championship for the junior training dinghy, the Optimist. The Optimist is a small, single-handed dinghy intended for use by junior sailors up to the age of 15. Children as young as eight comfortably learn to sail in these versatile ‘pram’ dinghies. ...[more]

International Optimist Australian Championship images by Howard Wright By Howard Wright. IMAGE Professional Photography, 7:13 AM Mon 17 Jan 2011
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured at the 2011 International Optimist Australian Championship ...[more]

Optimist Nationals 2011 win to WA’s Chris Charlwood ‘C Dog’ By Damian Devine, Newport , 7:03 AM Mon 17 Jan 2011
14 year old West Australian Chris Charlwood has been crowned the 2011 Optimist National Open fleet Champion with a victory in the final race to claim a narrow one point victory over defending champion Nia Jerwood after another frustrating and fickle day on Pittwater that saw just one race completed in the Open fleet. ...[more]

Optimist Nationals 2011 - slow day on Pittwater -Day four By Damian Devine, Newport , 9:48 PM Sat 15 Jan 2011
After a lay day yesterday, the competition returned today for day four of the 2011 International Optimist Australian Championships on Pittwater, with an overcast day and benign conditions the order of the day at the host club, the RPAYC. Unfortunately for the Open fleet the wind wasn’t as enthusiastic as the competitors, with the forecasted North Easter failing to eventuate and only one race was c ...[more]

Optimist Nationals 2011 Teams Race Day - Team WA victory By Damian Devine, Newport , 6:42 PM Thu 13 Jan 2011
Thomas Blaauw, Chris Charlwood, Jayden Prosser, Nia Jerwood and Alastair Young from 'Team WA' are the Nationals Teams champions after defeating Team ‘Victoria B’ in the final of the teams racing as part of Day Three of the 2011 International Optimist Australian Championships, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport. Team WA won all their four races. ...[more]

Optimist Nationals 2011 Day Two - Nia Jerwood remains on top By Damian Devine, Newport , 5:59 AM Thu 13 Jan 2011
The second day of the 2011 International Optimist Australian Championships racing saw stronger conditions than yesterday for the 170 sailors competing in the National Championships, hosted by the RPAYC in Newport. With another three races completed today, to bring the total to seven, the critical first drop also came into play. ...[more]

International Optimist Australian Championships 2011 day one By Damian Damian, Newport , 7:33 PM Tue 11 Jan 2011
Four races were completed today, the first day of the 2011 International Optimist Australian & Open Championships hosted by the RPAYC with Nia Jerwood from the Fremantle YC and the RQYS’s Charlie Wyatt leading the pack in the Open fleet whilst in the green, novice fleet a good start to the regatta today for Lachlan Dare ‘Flirt’ and Callum Green ‘Voracious’ who lead. ...[more]

Best ever Australian result at Optimist Worlds By Robert Wilkes, Dublin , 8:02 AM Sat 8 Jan 2011
Sam Blackburn's 20th place at the Optimist Worlds which finished yesterday is by far the best ever. This is one of the toughest events in the world and Sam's place is a great result, reflecting the recent explosion of Optimist sailing in Australia ...[more]

Optimist (IODA) World Sailing Championships - Thai Champion By IODA and ISAF, 10:21 PM Fri 7 Jan 2011
Noppakao Poonpat from Thailand took the bullet in the final race of the championship to become the 2010 Optimist World Champion in style. ...[more]

Optimist (IODA) World Championship - Poonpat (THA) retains lead By Optimist Class Association, 9:05 AM Fri 7 Jan 2011
Noppakao Poonpat, despite an OCS in the second race and a 16th in the final race of the day, remains ahead by eight points ...[more]

Optimist (IODA) World Championship - Poonpat (THA) retains lead By Optimist Class Association, 8:39 AM Fri 7 Jan 2011
Noppakao Poonpat, despite an OCS in the second race and a 16th in the final race of the day, remains ahead by eight points ...[more]

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