Welcome to the NSWIODA website
"You haven't won anything if in winning you lose the respect of the other competitors"
Paul Elvstrom...Gold medalist
Did you know that more than two thirds of the medal winning sailors at the last two Olympic Games, and over 85% of the medal winning skippers at the Beijing Olympics were former Optimist sailors? That's why they say Optimists are the bathtubs that breed champions.
"I woke up one Christmas morning to find an Optimist dinghy beside my bed. I guess I've been sailing mad ever since"..... Ben Ainslie (Gold Medallist)
"In Optimists you train together as a team to develop your skills, and build your character"..... Victor Kovalenko (Australian Olympic Coach)