The Optimist Dinghy 1947-2007

The Optimist Dinghy 1947-2007

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The Optimist Dinghy

The orange crate that changed the world. How did a funny looking box with a strange rig from the creeks of Florida come to be the globally accepted first sailboat for young people? How did it happen? What were the steps that led to its success? How did it change attitudes to junior sailing? How many Optimists are there? How does it relate to the Olympics?

Written by Robert Wilkes with Clifford McKay Jr., this book chronicles, with help of contemporary documents and photos, the history of sixty years of change and growth