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What is OPTI TV?

Opti TV was created to be a resource for primarily US based Optimist sailors, parents and coaches. We found that the Opti class lacked a centralized knowledge base as the Opti Class continues to evolve. Our focus is primarily advice and information for competitive optimist sailors and their support persons.

Meet the Team

Alberto Olivo  

Founder, Producer/Presenter, Editor

An industry veteran of over a decade, Alberto has coached Optimists for over 7 years to success in the Green and Championship Fleet. Currently the Youth Programs Director at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Alberto brings a wealth of knowledge and camera skill to Opti TV as well as a passion for furthering the sport. A proven track record of growth in sailing, Alberto now aims to bring that to you!

Daniel O'Farrill


Hailing from Mexico, Daniel is a well-rounded sailor who has found success first in the Laser Radial, the club 420 and now in college sailing. A member of the Jacksonville University varsity team, Daniel brings racing experience and a passion for coaching to Opti TV. Daniel is also an accomplished videographer, with some of his work featured by the International Laser Class Association and US Sailing.

Omari Scott

Contributor, Presenter/Producer

One of the most accomplished Optimist coaches in the United States, Omari Scott has done it all. Providing a unique insight into high-level Optimist Racing, Omari brings a proven track record of results and USNT experience to Opti TV and we are proud to have him onboard. Omari is currently the Head Optimist Coach at the Coral Reef YC, and Varsity Coach at Ransom Everglades HS. 

Federico Donzino

International Contributor

Fede Donzino, known to some as 'El Profesor', is currently coaching for Port Credit YC in Canada and is our first International Contributor. Fede has applied his methodical coaching style to some of Canada's top opti sailors - at all the IODA Continental Championships. Get to know The Professor, only here on Opti TV.

Mike Dowd


Mike hails from Sarasota, Florida and is known as a bit of a waterman. From racing long distances in catamarans to kiteboarding, he does it all. As the Head Coach of the Coastal Elite Racing Team, Mike brings the heat to the northeast and is now working with Opti TV to bring his expertise to you. Catch his take on things, only here on Opti TV. 

Connor Corgard

International Contributor

Based out of Auckland, New Zealand, Coach Connor, or “Coco” as many of his athletes call him, hails from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He is notorious for the personal connections he forms with each one of the sailors he works with, giving them endless guidance on their long term development as athletes. In the past, Coco has contributed to the successes of Optimist Team USA and Team New Zealand. He has coached multiple World Champions and Olympians across many classes representing numerous countries around the globe, so we welcome the plethora of knowledge and experience Coco brings to Opti TV.

Scott Norman


Scott Norman is perhaps the reason why the US Opti National Team exists. Scott is a legend amongst the US Opti scene and is directly responsible for a lot of sailors out on the water. Take a peek at the Scott Norman archive, and learn from this legend here on Opti TV.

Our Aim

Opti TV aims to be the ultimate resource for Opti sailors, their parents, and coaches in the US and in a future, worldwide. Using modern tools and social media we hope to be a source of tips, tricks, news and everything in between so that your sailing and sailing program can succeed. 

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