The International Optimist dinghy is a 7 1/2 foot long pram with a small sprit sail rig. It is a safe stable little single-handed boat ideally suited to young sailors up to about 130 lb. Weighing about 70 lbs, the boats are easily car-topped. The Optimist is easy to sail but difficult to sail fast. This boat is an excellent entry into competitive sailing as there are large local and worldwide fleets and sailors of all ability levels can enjoy the boat. Competitive used Optimists sell for between $1,500 and $3,000. New racing Optimists sell for between $2,000 and $4,000.
The Laser is a Canadian designed boat and is actually ranked as the 66th greatest contribution Canada has made to the world. Somewhere behind Penicillin and the telephone, but still on the same list! The Laser is a 14 foot single-handed sail boat. There are about as many Lasers as Optimists in the world, so you will find them just about anywhere there is water. The hull is the same for all rigs, but it can hold a Laser 4.7 rig (Sailors 110lbs-135lbs), a Laser Radial Rig (Olympic Class, Sailors 130-160lbs), and the Laser Full-Rig (Olympic Class, Ideal weight 175lbs). A competitive used Laser will be $3000-$5000, and a brand new Laser is $6500.
Club 420 Class
The Club 420 is a two person dinghy that has three sails and is raced all over North America. It is 13’9’’ and weighs approximately 230lbs. It has trapeze, spinnaker, it will hydroplane, and it is a great junior racing boat that leads to the Olympic Class 470. A great social boat with a growing class in BC. majority of communication is done through email. It is very important that we have an up-to-date email address on file or you will miss information as it is sent out.