The Optimist is the largest one design racing fleet in the world and the international standard in junior instruction. The boat’s simplicity and stability make it ideal for teaching young beginners, while the popularity of the Optimist class makes the boat extremely challenging for pre-teen racers. GRSC owns a fleet of Optimist for developing sailors to rent during their program. Racers have their own boats for practice and racing.

A skipper can race Optimists until December 31st in the year they turn 15. On December 31st of that year, they age out of Optimists and can no longer race the boat. To promote participation across a wide range of skill levels and ages, Optimist racing events are typically divided into fleets.

Green fleet is a special fleet for beginners. Green fleet sailors can be any age up to 15. A green fleet might have skippers who are as young as 6 and as old as 15, but sooner or later they will move into either the red, white, or blue fleet depending on their age. Green fleet typically sails relatively close to shore and on short courses. Sailors may receive coaching assistance during a race to help get them going.


For more information about Opti sailing at GRSC please contact:

Chris Costandi  optimists@grsc.org.au 

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