Every parent wants the best for his children and almost every boatbuilder wants to beleive that his boats are faster. But the Optimist Class is dedicated to making sure that all Optimists are the same speed and that its championships are a test of the driver not the vehicle.
74%of the skippers of the medal winning boats at the 2004 Olympics were former Optimist sailors.
And 80% of these had sailed in IODA World or continental championships.
This is more than double the percentage four years ago in Sydney.
At least 50% of all dinghy helms at the Sydney Olympics were former Optimist sailors.
at least70% of these sailed in Optimist world and continental championships.
1996 former Optimist Olympic medallists were:
A 5–year exercise by the International Optimist Association (IODA) has resulted in a price reduction averaging around 25% and a return to strict one–design principles.