Published on May 30th, 2023
Ethan Doyle, a lifelong racing sailor in Northern California, is a newly inducted “Opti dad” and shares observations from his first 12 months in the modern era of Opti-land:
For starters, I have witnessed many positives within the US Optimist Program. The level of sailing at the top of the Opti circuit is incredibly high. The kids are focused, the coaching is sophisticated, and the United States Optimist Dinghy Association does a wonderful job introducing the kids to a high level of formal competition.
Despite wanting to race a higher performance boat and go fast all the time, my 10-year-old has been convinced that the Optimist is the best racing development platform for a kid his age/size. He loves sailing, loves competing, and thus has jumped in to Opti-land head first.
But to provide balance, I make an effort to get him sailing on all sorts of other boats from keel boats, to dinghies, to foiling (when he’s not skiing, mountain biking, or playing lacrosse). READ MORE