Optimist Sailing

What is Optimist Sailing class?

The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy for children up to the age of 15. The Optimist was designed in 1947 by American Clark Mills at the request of the Clearwater Florida Optimist service club following a proposal by Major Clifford McKay to offer low-cost sailing for young people.


Introductory lessons on Optimist class boat

At present, the Nicosia Sailing Club operates a small fleet of 6 Optimist Sailing boats. The Club offers Optimist Sailing lessons and courses for beginners, as well as, for advanced sailors.The Nicosia Sailing Club offers introductory lessons on Optimist Sailing class boats for sailors between the ages of 6 and 14. We run introductory Optimist courses from May until October.  Please contact uswith regards to the frequency and dates of the lessons with the Instructor. For fees and further details please visit the Fees page.


Regular/Advanced Training on Optimist class boat

The Nicosia Sailing Club also offers regular training on Optimist Sailing class boats for experienced sailors between the ages of 6 and 14. In order to participate in regular training, it is mandatory that trainees and their families become club members. We deliver regular training during the whole year. Sailors should be at the club on time for the planned activities according to the agreed schedule. For fees and further details see the Regular Training Application. Parents who would like their children to participate in National Competitions should arrange for the issuance of a Cyprus Sports Organization health ID (ASYA). National competitions are held all year round island-wide and families are expected to contribute to commuting the athletes and gear to the designated sailing venues.


Winter training program

During winter-spring months, weather permitting, the Optimist Sailing training takes place on Sundays’ from 10:00 – 14:00. The trainer informs all athletes in advance if there are any changes.


Detailed information for parents

Please refer to the NSC Optimist Guide for Parents for more information regarding the Optimist Sailing Program.

Racing and Academy

The NSC runs coastal sailing academies and participates in National Championships in ISAF classes of Optimist, Laser, and Open Sea. It has also participated internationally in the Olympic Windsurfing Class RS:X . Our academies are also open to non-members. We offer introductory or development sailing courses to beginners, in sailing, seamanship and safety at sea.  Today the Club provides the necessary sailing facilities and the basic sanitation installations for the service of athletes and members. New members are welcome.

Since 2017, we have relaunched an Optimist Sailing Academy, attracting participation of local youth in

the sport aged from 7-14 year-old, giving them the opportunity to learn proper sailing, and to participate in racing events.

At the Nicosia Sailing Club members of all ages can discover the potential to enhance their quality of life by approaching the sea through the sport of sailing – undoubtedly one of the most environmentally friendly ways to understand, enjoy and nourish a love for the sea, fair play and sportsmanship. Our goal, and effort, has always been to attract youth to the sport of sailing and to inspire and advance involvement in sports in general, helping to keep them engaged in healthy activities.