The Optimist is a small, singlehanded sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. It was designed in 1947 to offer low-cost sailing for young people, but it has, like many examples in youth sports, gone far beyond that. Maybe too far.
New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association president David Kayrouz provides an update on how his country is viewing the situation.
This report is reprinted with the permission of Scuttlebutt Sailing News