2019 Victorian International Optimist Dinghy Championships


DATE: 9th - 11th March 2019

VENUE: Royal Brighton Yacht Club


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This was 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 VIODA key events and come and enjoy time in your boat with friends.




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.





Day 2 of the 2019 Victorian Optimist States has been a day of all wind speeds and most directions. The day started with a lighter breeze from the north which enabled our lighter airs specialists to shine. By the end of the day we saw a good solid 25+ knots with support boats bailing and some very wet volunteers returning to shore. 

Thank you to all the parents and volunteers today for all your help in getting the fleet safely back to shore and signed off. 

Mar, 12 2019   0 Comments   admin  

Day 1 Report - 2019 Victorian Optimist State Championships.


The first day of the 2019 Victorian Optimist States has kicked off with a great day of racing for all fleets. We had a slight delay to the start until a sea breeze kicked in at 5 knots which then built during the day until a beautiful 14-18 knots breeze settled in.


Tackers Carnival had a great day which started with knot tying practice and balancing games in the water. The Tackers Carnival continues tomorrow and has been a bit hit with families who have younger siblings.


Mar, 09 2019   0 Comments   admin  

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  

Australian & Open Optimist Nationals

The 2020 Optimist Australian & Open Championship will be held at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Williamstown 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

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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