ROPE – the Recycled Optimist Parts & Equipment Program

IODA is launching a new sustainability initiative called ROPE.

IODA aims to promote sustainability and social responsibility with its ROPE program by engaging the sailors worldwide to recycle and reuse Optimist Parts and Equipment by sharing with their peers all around the world.

The idea is to encourage our sailors to bring extra equipment to IODA Championships so it can be collected, catalogued and distributed to local sailing schools in need as well as to specific schools, clubs, and countries that are in dire need of this equipment, giving it a second life and good use.

We are launching the program at the North American Championship in Riveria Nayarit, Mexico, taking place May 29th to June 5th

We will be reaching out to countries participating and asking their sailors to bring with them extra equipment such as: Sails, foils, spars, bailers, oars, lines, hardware like wind indicators, blocks, etc. all in good condition. Unfortunately, it does not involve clothing.

This equipment can easily fit with the equipment that the sailors already travel with to the events. Some sailors have extra equipment at home that they have outgrown, some will sail their last event, some just have extra Opti parts and equipment at home.

Collection Center will be set up at the venue and supervised by a designated person at the event.

Sigrid Beckmann, VP of the Americas who was involved in the development of the program commented, “We are very excited about launching this new sustainability program with our members and sailors.  This is part of a continued effort by IODA to move the Optimist Class towards becoming green where sustainability, the circular economy and the respect for the planet resources are critical to the future.”

Beckman continues, “We look forward to extending this program to all our IODA Championships whereby the participants give gently used Opti parts and equipment to sailing programs in need as part of the legacy that we leave behind after the hosting on an IODA Championship.”

IODA is looking forward to scaling The ROPE Program in the future and working with our members, sailors, builders, suppliers and partners to develop this program globally.

2021 Optimist Class Rules are Published

The 2021 International Optimist Class Rules are now published.  They come into effect January 1, 2021.

There were three class rule amendments from 2020 that were approved at the 2020 AGM and have now been approved by World Sailing.  The class rule amendments are indicated in red type. 

To view and download the Class Rules, go here

Project “1947 Optimist Prahm”

The ′′ Classic!” reported in issue 4/2020 about the more than 70 years history of Optis and at the same time a new project around this boat. Earlier this month, a support association was founded, hoping to have the minimum number of 4 replicas of the Prahm from 1947 by the next season.

Mission statement: Everything originates in a history, even and even the Opti with its more than 70 years of development. The purpose of this project is to raise the interest and understanding of Opti-sailors for the interconnections between traditional and modern construction and regatta formats in Opti.

The aim of the project is to regularly conduct competitions with the Opti in its original form as ′′ 1947 Optimist Prahm “. It would be the first regattas of this kind in Europe. So the project could gain national significance. The special challenge is to arrange with the shortcomings of the original construction under competitive conditions.

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Optimist Sailing SA Technical Update

At Youth National 2016 a main sheet block system was queried by some parents. It appeared that the system was a 4 block system that could be adjusted to a 3 block system while racing by releasing a toggle allowing the 4th block to drop the floor. The Class Secretary noted this system and we sent it to IODA for a ruling.

The ruling returned to us was that the system, if adjustable during racing, is illegal. Please note the class rules below.

Parents are advised in future that such a system could lead to a protest and disqualification.

A four block system is allowed, however any system that allows it to be changed while racing must be disabled.


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The age limit for Optimist sailors was unchanged.


Cape Town Boat Show

South African Sailing invites all competent Optimist Sailors to take part in a showcase at the Cape Town Boat Show. Space is limited!

Dates: Fri 20 – Sun 22 Oct 2017

Venue: V&A Waterfront

Yours in Oppie sailing

André Wollheim

President – Optimist Sailing SA