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A Letter From The Editor

Hello OPTI TV Readers,  It's been awhile! Too Long! And there has been so much happening since our last article. We sincerely hope you are all well and getting to sail as often as time and circumstances allows, I have been very busy since our hiatus in January-June. Those months were tough as there was so much going on in my personal life, however OPTI TV is back to producing quality content for you guys! I just wanted to take the time to write to you all and thank you for supporting the project, it really means a lot to myself and the OPTI TV Team. Stay tuned to the channel and this blog, as we are going to be pushing out our first bits of merchandise and some other cool things we have in the works.  Fair Winds, -Alberto OPTI TV

EPISODE 5 Is OUT! Let's dive into the Orange Bowl!

Whatta Regatta  The Orange Bowl is a unique event in the US Optimist circuit. It is not a class-sanctioned regatta, but attracts top talent from all around the world every year. In 2020 there were obviously big changes made because of Covid-19, but the organizers at Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Orange Bowl committee did amazing work making the regatta as safe as possible together with the cooperation of local clubs.  Long regarded as the pinnacle of the season for the Green Fleet, the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta is the first time many sailors get exposed to sailors from other countries. It is also a big first step into the rest of your sailing career for the more competitive sailors since placing in Orange Bowl is regarded as a big achievement for junior sailors. Lester Johnson introduced the idea of a youth regatta on Biscayne Bay in Miami through the established name of the Orange Bowl Regatta in 1978. The purpose of the youth regatta was to organize a youth sporting eve

The Post-Opti Life: The ILCA/Laser Class Ft. Bruno Fontes

 Reasons To Go Singlehanded We caught up with PanAmerican Games Silver Medalist Bruno Fontes at this year's Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta  to ask him what makes the ILCA/Laser Class stand out from the other options. The Laser is a very physically demanding boat and as such requires not just a good sailor but a good athlete onboard as it all comes down to you. For those kids who are a little more independent and like to be in charge, the Laser may be the boat for them once they leave the Optimist.  As always, thanks for watching! See you on the next one,

The Roundup: January 2021

 January 2021 Hey everyone we are back for another edition of The Roundup, the first of the new year, where we take our favorite picks of cool videos and content from around the Sailing world Tour of Optiparts Factory Ever wondered where they make that one Opti thing? Here's a quick impression of the Optiparts factory in Europe, and how they do things. Really cool to see! The Southernmost Optimist Sailors This video shows just how truly worldwide Optimist sailing is. The southernmost boating school, located in Cape Horn in Chile, it is truly amazing that there are kids sailing Optis so close to Antartica. Very impressive! Winter Sailing In Canada? Last October, the West Vancouver Yacht Club hosted the Pumpkin Bowl Regatta. We found it interesting that Canada was sailing as late as October, and that it attracted sailors from many different areas, not just from Vancouver. Check out those visuals to see why this video caught our eye! 

The Post-Opti Life: 29er Sailing And Skiff Culture

 A New Series To Connect Sailors To What's Out There We tried something different with this one as we constantly get questions about what comes after the Opti. Part of what we want to do at Opti TV is to connect the class with the next steps, so naturally we went to take a look at the 29er class from the viewpoint of what kind of sailor wants to compete in 29ers. The 29er is a deceptively simple boat that requires agility and strength, and a mindset of sharing and growth. As a pre-olympic boat it's not for the faint of heart. We went over to the US Sailing Center in Miami to meet up with 2Niner Head Coach Phil Muller for day 1 of racing in the 2nd event of the Skiff Generation Grand Prix, a really great event that he has put together with US Sailing and the 49er class. It was a great day of racing, albeit light and notably it had several of the US Sailing Team members racing on 49ers and the 49erFX. We'll let you read the recap here: SGGP Event 2 Recap because we were more

OPTI TV And McLaughlin Team Up For Another Special

Save On Your Opti Christmas Shopping Hey Opti TV viewers, for this christmas we're partnering up yet again with McLaughlin Boat Works for another special deal - if you're looking to get your Opti sailor something nice this Christmas, or need some replacement parts/clothing/etc - we'd like to give you a nice christmas thank you with 15% off purchases at the McLaughlin webstore until Dec 31st, 2020 (excludes charters and boat purchases).