UK Optimist Class Association

The Optimist is one of the most popular starter boats and provides young sailors with the opportunity to learn and develop their sailing skills, helping them on their sporting journey.

The Optimist class has nurtured some of the country’s best sailors, including Sir Ben Ainslie and Hannah Mills.

Into the Blue work closely with the International Optimist Class Association in the UK (IOCA UK), as client Volvo Cars UK are title sponsor of the classes five UK Championship events; the Spring, Inlands, Nationals, End of Seasons and Winter. Volvo is committed to supporting youth sailing in the UK and working with the class helps cement their grassroots to glory philosophy.

”Craig [the towing expert] was very patient and encouraging and I thought it was great to learn alongside other women in a comfortable environment. It was a fantastic idea to have the clinic at an oppie event as it is extremely relevant and gave me something productive to do while my children were out sailing.”
- Optimst Parent

"Sport is one of life's gifts! The younger you can unwrap the opportunities the better"
- Shirley Robertson

“Sailing in the Optimist class was an important part of my sailing career as it was at that time that all I dreamt about was going to the Olympics. Competing in the class provided me with invaluable experience and gave me the belief that if I worked hard enough I would reach my goal. I have no doubt that I will see some of these sailors on the Olympic podium in a few years’ time!”
- Hannah Mills