Monday, October 1, 2012

Sailboats – The Optimist and the Luch Classes

The Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Belarus issued a set of two stamps from the series “Sport sailboats” on 28th June 2010.

There is the sport classification of sailboats dividing them into classes. It is necessary for providing equal conditions in racing. National “Luch” Class sailboat is a sport single-handed sailing schvertboat. It is a copy of the International “Lazer” Class sailboat. A small single-handed schvertboat “Optimist” is designed for sailing by children.

The Optimist has one of the largest class of competitors in the world, and is the entry-level boat for many future international and Olympic sailors. Optimist is often referred to simply as "Opti". The Opti was designed by Clark Mills in Florida in 1947 at the request of the local businessman's Optimist club, which presumably, was what gave the boat its name. It was later introduced to Denmark and the United Kingdom before spreading internationally. The International Optimist Dinghy Association, the governing body for this class of boats now has 112 member countries.

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