Most of our sailors under the age of 35 started their sailing careers in Optimists. Many families own at least one Optimist and we have a successful sail training programme to encourage our young members to take the water and learn to sail. Children progress from the beginners course through to a racing course and are coached in their first races on a small course within the bay. We encourage the children to progress to racing on the outer course and then to move into Toppers or Mirrors when the time is right.


Class Secretary

Tracey Gunning – oppysec@tbsc.org

Total Optimists Raced
2015 - 21 Boats
2014 - 27 Boats
2013 - 23 Boats
2012 - 21 Boats
2011 - 13 Boats
2009 - 20 Boats

The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. TBSC has a hugely popular week-long training program for young sailors in Optimists at the start of every season which most youngsters in the club pass through, and 2 very active racing fleets throughout the season.