The ‘Bathtub’ dates back to 1947 and is the where most young sailors learn the art. The Optimist has an upper weight limit of 60kg, the lower limit is more governed by maturity (8 years seems ideal.) For racing, the 30 – 60kg range is the accepted ideal.
The Optimist is our Learn to Sail boat of choice, progressing to racing Optimists or jumping up to a Starling depending on age, size and skill. P Class often bridges that gap, but Waiuku doesn’t at present have a fleet.