2019 Victorian International Optimist Dinghy Championships

Entries are now open for the 2019 Victorian International Optimist Dinghy Championships.

DATE: 9th - 11th March 2019

VENUE: Royal Brighton Yacht Club

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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 would highly encourage all clubs to get behind this event and come and enjoy your boats for a weekend of sailing and fun.





Boat Registration & Transfers

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

Optimist Spare Parts

To support our fleet we are pleased to offer on-line Optimist parts in partnership with Sly Boatbuilding and Repairs.  BUY SPARE PARTS

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.




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Junior Sailor Government Grant Available:

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.  This program is available to assist travel expenses for Optimist sailors travelling to the 2019 Nationals this January.  

If successful, applicants will receive $500-$750 towards the cost of attending their championships.

Aug, 27 2018   0 Comments   admin  

Hi All, 

Please find below the link to the VIODA website with the updated dates for major regattas through until February 2019.  

We have added links to all event to enable you to find the NOR and entry details.   This page is updated throughout the season as details are released.  

VIODA Calendar: http://vioda.org.au/coaching

Aug, 27 2018   0 Comments   admin  

What a fantastic start to winter sailing at the lake.  So many new faces to see and some old Opti kids returning to their roots to share their knowledge.  Harrison was even sporting his old VOST jacket!   

Sunshine, kids, boats and a very handy cafe !!! 

Jun, 03 2018   0 Comments   admin  

Australian & Open Optimist Nationals

The 2020 Optimist Australian & Open Championship will be held at Safety Beach Sailing Club in January 2020.  We would encourage as many sailors to get involved and have a fantastic family holiday.

The following video captured the spirit of the event from the last time Victoria hosted the event in 2014.  More details to follow.



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 Optimist Buy / Sell page.  


Meet the SAILOR

VIODA 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.

My name is Leigh Harvie.  I am 8 years old. My home club is Westernport Yacht Club which is located at Balnarring.

I like sailing because it is fun, and I like how the boat rocks as it moves along.

My favourite colour is blue, and my boat is called Blue Bullet.

I currently sail in green fleet. I also play soccer, and I like swimming and fishing.


Apr, 11 2018   0 Comments   admin  

My home clubs are Somers and Mornington 
I like sailing because it is a really fun water sport. I enjoy capsizing and getting wet on hot days.
I also play basketball and do athletics.
My favourite joke: Why did Tigger look down the toilet? Because he was looking for poo!
My favourite colour is green.
My favourite movie is Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets
My favourite music is Hedwigs theme from Harry Potter.

Apr, 11 2018   0 Comments   admin  

Hi my Name is Jorja, I am 8 years old and I sail at RGYC.  I like sailing because i get to make lots of friends and I get to see lots of sea creatures. My boats name is called Serendipity. One of my sailing highlights is winning the green fleet at my home club this year at the Opti States and also seeing the dolphins on the course. This year I will be sailing in intermediate fleet. I look forward to making new friends from new places.  I also enjoy swimming, netball and school choir.

May, 09 2017   0 Comments   admin  


Learn to Sail

What a great way to learn to sail in an OziOpti boat!

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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