OPTIMIST was born in 1947 when a group of parents suggested the famous boat designer Mr. Clark Mills design a sailboat for children to enrich their spare time. This boat is small, single-handle and easy to learn, just like the go-carts of sailboats. The most important feature of an OPTIMIST sailboat is that it can bring happiness to children and build good character.
Today in more than 100 countries throughout the world, 1,500,000 youths and children are training with and being entertained by this type of boat. Nearly 80% of sailboat fans make an OPTIMIST their first sailboat. Many children achieved their blue dreams with it.
More than 85% of Olympic champions started their training career with an OPTIMIST which is a very high portion.