Learn To Sail
The quickest and easiest way to learn to sail Optimists is to go down to your local club and have a chat with them - there will always be a friendly face around. Anyone from around 8 to 15 years old can sail them and they are without doubt the best children's dinghy. They are sailed by over 150,000 people worldwide and the UK national championships nearly always attracts well over 350 competitors. The Optimist will teach you how to sail well and also how to tune the boats for racing if you want to (the racing is great fun and the kids love it)...... but you must be prepared to get wet!