Has The Optimist Evolved Too Far?
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Published on April 16th, 2017
The Optimist has introduced more kids to sailing than other boat, and is the dominant international class for youth competition. While the primary goal during the youth years is to instill the love of sailing, the influence of racing can impact the priorities.
As builders are vying to supply the fastest boats, there apparently remains enough wiggle room to improve on this 70 year old design. However, when new models come out, parents might need to step up to keep their kids from getting stepped on. This reality just hit Carlo Cagna as he shares in this report:
Being how the Optimist is a one design class, should this be allowed? Is this a favoring of some kind to bigger builders? We visited the website of the manufacturer < http://www.winneroptimist.dk/optimist/3d-star > and it’s real as they are advertising these faster boats.
How can the Optimist class accept this? I am eager to hear from others about this situation.
Winner Optimist ApS:
3D STAR Complett:「2017_-_DenMark_3D_STAR_packed_price.pdf」をダウンロード
3D STAR Hull:「2017_-_DenMark_3D_STAR_UK.pdf」をダウンロード
CATALOG vol no1: http://pdfkataloget.dk/winner2017/
I just downloaded the Optimist price list and coming to terms with the fact that a fully rigged boat, on launching trailer, delivered would cost me in the region of $5000, or the price of several second-hand Flying Fifteens. If I were a parent I would, of course, need to factor in the cost of a RIB and a 4 x 4 to tow everything, together with spare sails and gear. Oh, and the price doesn’t include a paddle or a bailer. Having spent so much the additional dollars would not, one imagines, be a problem.
- Adrian Morgan