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 Victorian International Optimist Dinghy Championships

The 2018 Victorian International Optimist Dinghy Championships will be held on the March long weekend of 10th - 12th March at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS).  

BYS have a long and proud history of actively supporting junior sailing and VIODA looks forward to working with BYS and its members.

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.



VIODA is excited to announce their partnership with Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS) to host the 2018 Victorian Optimist State Championships on the 10th-12th of March.  BYS has a long and proud history of actively supporting junior sailing. 

The Optimist community are looking forward to working with BYS and its members over the next 9 months to make this a key sailing regatta supporting kids in sport. 

Further event details to follow. 

Jun, 12 2017   0 Comments   admin  

VIODA is very proud to announce our team for the 2017 Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp and Regatta.  Once again we had a fantastic level of interest and we were able to quickly fill our team.  Please join us in congratulating our fellow athletes and we wish them well on their upcoming exciting tour to China in August.  


Congratulations to our VIODA Touring Team: 

* Matt Purnell

* Hugo Vandame

* Hope Withers

* Daniel Laverty

* Brooke Hutchison 

* Jack Italia

* Jarrod Jones

Team Coach:     Xavier Vandame

May, 08 2017   0 Comments   admin  

VIODA is very excited to announce that we have been invited as guests of the Chinese Yachting Association to the 2017 Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp and Regatta.  We are seeking interested VIODA members who would like to enjoy their first international sailing experience.

May, 01 2017   0 Comments   admin  

Australian & Open Optimist Nationals

The 2014 Optimimist Australian & Open Championship was a fantastic event hosted by Mornington Yacht Club.  The following video captured the spirit of the event and friendships that are built between sailors.  

The 2018 Nationals will be held in Queensland and we would encourage as many sailors to get involved and have a fantastic family holiday.




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

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.

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  

Meet Scarlett Zerbe – sailor of “DASH” from Sandringham Yacht Club, Victoria.

Scarlett Zerbe and her family are a delight to have around the boat park.  After completing Tackers at Sandringham Yacht Club they joined the Opti fleet and haven't looked back. Scarlett is currently in Year 6 at Sandringham Primary School and became the proud new owner of Dash only 18 months ago. Since then she has tried to make the most of all the opportunities that open up once you join the Victorian fleet.

May, 03 2017   0 Comments   admin  

Meet Will - sailor of “The Force Awakens” from Mornington Yacht Club in Victoria. Will’s sailing highlight to date was being part of the VIODA team in 2015 that participated in the Qingdao Training Camp and Regatta in China, venue of the 2008 Olympic sailing events.. Will also enjoys sailing with his Dad on a keelboat ..and an Etchell. Now in Year 7 at Padua College, Will also keeps fit by cross country running and snow skiing (and Star Wars!). Will especially likes the laughs in the boat park with his sailing friends and specialises in ..annoying his twin sister both on and off the water.

May, 19 2016   0 Comments   admin  


Learn to Sail

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

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Fantastic healthy lifestyle

What a fantastic healthy lifestyle!

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Fantastic fleet racing

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Fleet Photo

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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