Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The Optimist is a small boat used by the youngest adepts of the art of sailing – in spring and summer the lakes around Berlin are full of them bobbing around and looking like little floating toys.
They are, however, not to be looked down upon – to quote Wikipedia, the 1947-built dinghy or the International Optimist (its Anglo-Saxon name) “is sailed in over 120 countries by over 160,000 skippers and it is one of only two yachts approved by the International Sailing Federation exclusively for sailors under 16. At the London Olympics, nearly 80% of all boat skippers were former Optimist dinghy sailors, most of them having reached international level in the Class.”
Here is the lovely International Optimist from the permanent exhibition at the Technikmuseum in Trebbiner Strasse 9.