The history of the Optimist dinghy

'The Optimist Dinghy' is the 130-page history, fully illustrated, of how an 'orange crate' from Florida became the junior boat in over 120 countries.

It includes an 18-page supplement by Clifford McKay Jr., the first boy to sail the Optimist, with some great photos of the early days. The story is taken up by Robert Wilkes who worked with the Optimist Class for over 35 years and had access to it's archives.

Young people tend to ask why things are the way they are. This history gives the answer for their beloved little boat. Written by Robert Wilkes and Clifford McKay Jr.

Available through the Optiparts network. Suggested price  $20 + gst.

History of the Optimist available here.

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