Talented kid destined to be sailing pro
Wow, this kid has amazing sailing skills! Impressive! He sails off the coast of South Australia. He looks like he enjoys every single moment riding on the waves! Sailing requires a lot of maneuvers back and forth, as you can see, the youngster has to pull on the ropes for the majority of the time to make sure the sail is pointing in the right direction. It takes a lot of skill!
The International Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy and it is intended for children up to the age of 15. Most boats are now made of fiber reinforced plastic, instead of wood, but there are some boats that are still built from wood. The International Optimist is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world. It has over 130,000 boats registered with the class and there are also many more built but they are never registered. It is sailed in over 100 countries by over 160,000 skippers. It is actually the only boat approved by the International Sailing Federation for sailors under the age of 16. Cool! Fun fact, at the Beijing Olympics, 85 percent of medal winning skippers were actually former optimist dinghy sailors.
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