Optimist World championship celebrated by Poland Post

September 12th, 2015

FindYourStampsValue.com got to know that Poland Post issued a stamp to commemorate the Optimist World championship 2015 that is held in Poland from 25 August to 5 September 2015.

The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The issue was unveiled and put into circulation on the 26th of August.

The Optimist is recognized as an International Class by the International Sailing Federation. Optimists are used for beginners, but most sailors continue to race them up to 13 or 14 years of age. The age limit is 15. Very small children are sometimes "doubled up" but usually the boats are single-handers.

In this mode children gain confidence and improved skills: "The small boats train the champs". Many sailing schools and yacht clubs own a number of them and they are the first boat most beginners will sail.

The Optimist is the biggest youth racing class in the world. Many of the top world Optimist sailors immediately become world-class Laser Radial or 4.7 sailors after they "age-out" but many also excel in double-handers.