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Episode 7 - The St Thomas International Optimist Regatta

 Sail Into The Top Regatta In The Caribbean Last June we went to St Thomas to check out the International Optimist Regatta hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club to see why it has such a legendary status in the Caribbean and USA. Since 1995 it has hosted sailors from the entirety of North America in the summers and as it turns out, put the Caribbean on the sailing map. A top ocean venue in the Caribbean, there's a lot to gain by sailing in the USVI. Check out the reasons why you should attend the 2022 St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta in Episode 7 of OPTI TV. 4 Registration is open below! Register Here Where To Stay: VIP Rentals St Thomas Air BnB Cowpet Bay VRBO Cowpet Bay Charter An Opti McLaughlin Charters

I Need To Charter A Boat. How Do I Do It?

 How To Charter An Optimist For A Regatta We recently linked up with our friend Brian Holloway from McLaughlin Boat Works to find out exactly how to charter an Optimist for a Regatta, and we talk about some things to look for when chartering or buying chartered boats. 

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!