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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.





The 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships hosted at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron have concluded with 261 sailors competing over 3 fleets and 5 days of racing, the event was a huge success and a huge thank you to our sponsors Gill Australia and XSP for their support along with RQYS for hosting such a great event.  

Events like these do not happen without the volunteer’s so a special thank you to all the race committee, on water judges, measurers, parents and the RQYS members who donated their time to ensure that the sailors were provided with a world class event.

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The Optimist class is the largest class in Australia  and the annual National regatta - the 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships - will shortly be underway at the host club  the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron,  Manly between 2nd-10th January 2018.    

This event is the largest single class regatta in Australia, this year attracting 257 sailors from every State in Australia and 14 visiting International sailors from 6 countries.  

Dec, 28 2017   0 Comments   shop  

Its that time of the year again  … AUS Opti sailors are madly training, fine tuning their skills and checking their boats & equipment before packing up to head to the 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships.  The event being held this year in Queensland at the Royal Qld Yacht Squadron on Moreton Bay starting with Teams racing on 3rd January 2018. 

Nov, 17 2017   0 Comments   shop  

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.

Andrew Dempsey is 14yrs old and started sailing at the South of Perth YC within weeks of emigrating from UK.  Learning to sail allowed Andrew to make sailing friends before starting Yr9 at his new school.   Having swapped the Thames for the Swan River & the Indian Ocean - Andrew is on water in summer 6 days a week either sailing or rowing,  his second passion.   When on dry land he usually has his head  in a Kindle  - his third passion.

Sep, 23 2017   0 Comments   shop  

Ben Hinks is a Yr7 student who sails from Adelaide Sailing Club.  A sailing highlight has been being part of the winning team of the 2017 Optimist Nationals Teams Racing at the 2017 Nationals in South Australia.  Ben's other hobbies are soccer, cycling and flying his drone - but sailing is something he is crazy about and he'd love to represent Australia at the Olympics in a Laser Full rig.  Ben is one of the 10 AOST team members heading to Hong Kong for the 2017 Asian & Oceanian Championships.  Good luck Ben !

Sep, 22 2017   0 Comments   shop  

Bella Green is in Yr 8 and sails from Royal Prince Alfred YC in Sydney.  Sailing highlightrs have been competing at ISAF Sail Melbourne, Sail Country Victoria (really had fun & camping at the YC) and being coached by Nina Curtis as part of the RPAYC Youth Development program.  Bella also enjoys windsurfing but has another sport she is crazy about .. skiing - her team are the current Australian Champions at Giant Slalom.  Bella will be joining the other 9 team members heading to the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championships in Hong Kong next week - go for it Bella!

Sep, 21 2017   0 Comments   shop  


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