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Boat Registration & Transfers

Do you need to transfer boat ownership or register a new Optimist? We are here to help you.

GILL Marine - Premier OptiAUS Partner

GILL Marine is proud to be the Premier Partner for OptiAUS.  GILL offers a fastastic range of junior sailing gear and clothing perfect for our junior athletes.

Optimist BUY-SELL Facebook Page

Have an Opti to sell? Looking for an Opti to buy? Head on over to our Optimist Buy/Sell Page!

2018 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships

The 2018 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships will be at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Queensland on the 3rd-10th January 2018.

This is going to be a fantastic event with great racing for our competitive sailors and a fun environment for our Green Fleet sailors.  We look forward to seeing you all in January 2018 for a wonderful family holiday.




 as AOST Assistant Coach supporting Team Head Coach, Grant Alderson - both are heading to Hong Kong for the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship.  Annabelle will work alongside Grant to support the 10 competitors from AUS.  Annabelle comes with an extensive background in Opti's having competed for many years in Australia and in several overseas regattas - a highlight was winning the Optimist Nationals in 2013.    Annabelle has moved into 29ers, achieving success winning the 29er Female World title in 2016 and 2017.    The 2017 Asians Team will be looking forward

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The Aussie team at the North American Optimist Championships in Toronto Canada was well represented by Jamie Bougher, Linus Talacko, Quinn Auricht, Finn McMahon, Lachlan Grogan and Olivia Williams who all made an impressive sight at the opening ceremony where the team marched with their boxing kangaroos as mascots.

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OptiAUS works in association with a Host club to conduct an Australian & Open Championship each year.  The “Gill OptiAUS 2018”  Championships event will be held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Manly Queensland between 3rd -10th January.   

The OptiAUS Committee are looking to work with a suitable operator to provide charter boats & chandlery service to both interstate and international visitors participating in the event.

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Australian & Open Optimist Nationals

The 2017 GILL Australian & Open International Optimimist Championship was a fantastic event with many International sailors coming to Australia to join our fleet for world class fleet racing experience. 

The Optimist class is the largest pathway class in Australia and continues to grow due to its fantastic Club, State and National training and racing opportunities.

The Optimist Nationals create a fantastic holiday experience where children can enjoy their sailing with an extensive après sail entertainment in a festival atmosphere.  The next Nationals will be held in Queensland.




Learn to Sail - Tackers




Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12, delivered at recognised Tackers Clubs. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of a club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.

Upon completion of the Tackers program you can become a boat owner and join us as part of the Australian fleet.  There are many good quality second hand boats available on the OptiAUS Buy / Sell page.  


Meet the SAILOR

AIODA is fortunate to have a fantastic member base from around Australia.  Each month we will introduce you to one of your fellow Opti sailors from around Australia.  We will aim to introduce you to sailors from all skill levels from around Australia.

Toby Coote is a Yr 8 student who sails from the South of Perth YC.   Toby is a speedster ....  reaching in 35kts is his idea of a great day's sailing in his Opti, which is a change of scene to his other hobbies of music and mastering the Rubik's cube.   A sailing highlight was competing with his  WA team mates in the 2016 Singapore Nationals, Toby had a good regatta and enjoyed the cultural experience.  

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Harry Higgins is a Yr 7 student at St Peters Woodlands GS in South Australia and sails from Brighton & Seacliff YC whre he likes to hang out with his friends and sail with 3 generations of his family.  Harry squeezes in football, bike riding and surfing but he is packing his bags soon to follow his passion of travelling & sailing - joining the other 9 AUS team heading to the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship in Hong Kong.  Sail on Harry ... good luck in Hong Kong.

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Learn to Sail

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  • Parent

    The Optimist has been a fantastic boat for our family. We are the proud owner of two of them and we simply love the community feel. It was a little daunting at our first regatta however it didn't take long and we have made so many friends and we love to travel interstate with the kids.

    Parent / / Open & Green Fleet
  • Parent

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity for my child to represent our country in the Optimist. What a fantastic reward for all their hard work!

    Parent / / AOST Sailor
  • Parent

    My daughter has personally grown so much from her time learning to sail in the Optimist. She was only 7yo when she completed her first learn to sail course. The confidence and independence that sailing has given her is a gift that she has taken into other parts of her life. We love the girls in sailing initiatives as its the friendships made that keep her in the sport.

    Parent / / Female Optimist Sailor