The Optimist has become one of the best known and biggest classes of sailboats in the world with over 150,000 are registered and sailed in more than 110 countries. The Opti has been the starter boat for young sailors who have developed a lifelong love of sailing with some having gone on to Olympic gold medal and circumnavigation sailing success.
The first part of this wonderful new book will help young sailors understand the basics of sailing an optimist and with the help of top tips and handy hints, develop their skills and confidence.
The second part of this book leads on to more advanced techniques and racing by unlocking many of the go-fast secrets of the boat and bring any reader to the next level.
Chapters include choosing and setting up the boat and rig; basic and advanced sailing; mark rounding, and clothing. Lots of highly informative top tips also from well known sailors and coaches. The author has worked as an Optimist coach at both national and international level.
This book is packed with photographs and illustrations to reinforce topics and is written is a manner that is easy to understand for any youngster (while still passing on tons of useful knowledge). A must have resource for any Opti sailor!
Written by Alan Williams has worked as an Optimist Coach for many years an national and international level and is also the Manager of Plas Menai Watersports Centre.