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North Sails experts Kicker Schäfer and Miklas Meyer talk all things Optimist.  

Optimist class experts Andrew Wills and Derek Scott talk all things Optimist with special guest Chris Steele who won the Worlds in 2007 with Wills as a coach. This session… Read More

North Sails Optimist expert and winner of several World and European titles, Hugo Rocha, gives his opinion as an expert on various topics alongside guest Olympic sailor Jorge Lima.

48 French Optimist sailors took to Kerguelen Beach to race and qualify for a spot at the 2020 Cap d’Agde. 13- year old Gabin Baly came out with the win… Read More

optimist sail

North Sails, the world leader in One Design, have added a new series of user friendly Optimist sails for the exciting dinghy class, completing their full range of diverse sail… Read More

Optimist Tool Kit | North Sails

June 14, 2019

Optimist Worlds Tool Kit

Heading to Antigua? North Sails will be there! Our Opti experts put together this guide to help you prepare. There is no better performance test of an Optimist sail than… Read More

Optimist Designs | North Sails

Countless times a sailor, coach, or parent asks me, “How do I decide what Opti sail to buy?” The answer involves a number of different factors, some more important than… Read More

The island of Antigua is excited to host the 2019 Optimist World Championship. This is a record-breaking year, with over 250 sailors from 64 countries registered. We spoke with North… Read More

North Sails were proud to be a part of the 37th Lake Garda Meeting for the Optimist Class – the largest one design class in the world. Aside from a… Read More

April 11, 2019

Optimist R&D

Making the square-bowed Optimist go fast requires a different thought process, North Sails expert and J/22 World Champion Mike Marshall explains. “It’s not just about tightening sprit tension until the… Read More

Design expert Mike Marshall joined North Sails in 2013 because he wanted to combine sailing with working in aerodynamics. “The two mesh well in designing sails,” he says. Working with… Read More

J/22 World Champion and North Sails Expert Zeke Horowitz explains how you can maximize your chances to gain through smart boat positioning on the racecourse. Sailboat racing is all about… Read More

The Trofeo Ciutat de Palma is one of the biggest Optimist events in Europe and also includes the 420, Laser, and Europe classes. In its 68th edition, the regatta welcomed 275… Read More

In early November, over 65 top Optimist Dinghy sailors from all over North America flocked to Bermuda to compete in the 2018 Open and National Optimist Championship at Sandy’s Boat… Read More

North Sails and Key Biscayne Yacht Club welcome Optimist and Laser sailors for a 3-full-day clinic in preparation for the Orange Bowl. Arrive a few days early to warm up,… Read More