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Difficulty: 1 star rating beginner

The Optimist is the premier dinghy for under 16's in the world. Sailed in over 100 countries by over 150,000 young people, the Optimist is, quite simply, the dinghy in which the young people of the world learn to sail.

Size: 2.3 metres long, 1.13 metres wide, weighing approx 35 kilograms
Sails: 3.5 square metres

Number of sailors: 1
Weight of sailor(s): ideally between 40 and 45 kilograms (if racing)

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