Optimist Resources

Understanding Club, Silver & BlackGold spars.

How to set up the standard Opti rig.

Detailed photos of rigged Optis.

The Optimist sailboat is the designed for youth sailors and is the choice for introductory sailing experiences. West Coast Sailing has all the resources you need to rig, find replacement parts, and enjoy sailing your Opti.

Opti Line Lengths:

Description Length Diameter Line Type Quantity Recommended Line Options
Upper Sprit Halyard 4 ft 4mm  Halyard  4mm Alpha SSR 
Lower Sprit Halyard  4 ft  4mm  Halyard  4mm Alpha SSR
Mainsheet 24 ft 7mm Sheet 1 7mm Bzzz / 7mm Rooster Polilite
Outhaul  5 ft 4mm Control Line 1 4mm Alpha SSR
Vang  3 ft 5mm Control Line 1 5mm Robline Sirius 500
Boom Jaw Retainer  2 ft  3mm  Misc. 3mm Robline Orion 500
Bow Loop  1 ft 3mm Misc.  3mm Robline Orion 500
Daggerboard Retainer  6 ft 3mm Misc.  1 3mm Robline Orion 500
Daggerboard Retainer Bungee 5 ft 5mm Misc.  1 5mm Shockcord
Hiking Strap Tie  3 ft 5mm Misc.  5mm Robline Sirius 500
Hiking Strap Lift 2 ft 5mm Misc.  5mm Shockcord
Mast Tie-in  2 ft 3mm Misc.  1 3mm Robline Orion 500
Main Sheet Bridle  5 ft 3mm Misc.  3mm Robline Dinghy Control
Main Sheet Bridle Safety 2 ft 3mm Misc.  3mm Robline Orion 500
Bow Line  30 ft 6mm Misc.  1 6mm Polypropylene
Sail Ties  2 ft 3mm Misc.  12 3mm Dinghy Control Line
Sail Ties - Corner  2 ft 3mm Misc.  12 3mm Robline Dinghy Control


About the Optimist:

The Optimist sailboat, affectionately known as the Opti, is a popular and iconic single-handed dinghy designed specifically for young sailors. Renowned for its simplicity, stability, and ease of use, the Optimist has become a staple in youth sailing programs worldwide. With a distinctive pram-like hull and a single, sprit-rigged sail, this small boat provides an excellent platform for beginners to learn the fundamentals of sailing. Its widespread use in sailing schools and junior regattas highlights its effectiveness in nurturing sailing skills and instilling confidence in young sailors, contributing to its status as one of the most widely sailed and recognizable boats in youth sailing.

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