FORMER OPTIMISTS AT THE 2000 OLYMPICS
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:
CHEAPER AND MORE ONE DESIGN
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.