August 20 to 26, Chester, Nova Scotia

UPDATE | April 7, 2020   COVID-19 and the 2020 Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championship

Hello sailing families and friends. We wanted to provide an update regarding Nationals 2020. In discussions with the Canadian Optimist Dinghy Association (CODA), Sail NS and the Chester Yacht Club, the organizing committee has decided at this time it is premature to make any final decisions with regard to the status of the event.

With guidance from the above authorities and, importantly, the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer and Canadian and global health authorities, we will continue to monitor developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and will reconvene June 1, 2020. We will be keeping in touch on a very regular basis in the interim and monitoring the situation daily.

Thank you for your patience. We hope you are all keeping safe, healthy and positive.



UPDATE | April 7, 2020
COVID-19 and the 2020 Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championship

Hello sailing families and friends. We wanted to provide an update regarding Nationals 2020. In discussions with the Canadian Optimist Dinghy Association (CODA), Sail NS and the Chester Yacht Club, the organizing committee has decided at this time it is premature to make any final decisions with regard to the status of the event.

With guidance from the above authorities and, importantly, the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer and Canadian and global health authorities, we will continue to monitor developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and will reconvene June 1, 2020. We will be keeping in touch on a very regular basis in the interim and monitoring the situation daily.

Thank you for your patience. We hope you are all keeping safe, healthy and positive.



About the Event

The Optimist is the largest youth dinghy racing class in the world. It is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class and many more built but not registered.

“Nationals”, as we call it, is held every year, usually in August; this year is the 34th year of the event. The event rotates between a West, Central and East location. The event consists of a Fleet Racing Championship and a Team Racing Championship and it serves as the only qualifier event for the Canadian sailors to the IODA Worlds, IODA Europeans, IODA North Americans and IODA South Americans.

Chester Yacht Club (CYC) is extremely pleased to be chosen as host for the 2020 Canadian Optimist Championship. We expect to welcome over 100 sailors aged 8 to 15 years old who will compete for the national title and the right to represent Canada in international competition.

Jacob and Graeme Chaplin-Saunders, the Rio 2016 Men’s 470 Olympians, hail from Chester and grew up here sailing Optis. In addition, Olympic hopefuls and Canadian Sailing Team members Georgia Lewin-Lafrance, Antonia Lewin-Lafrance, and Max Flinn all grew up sailing Optis on Chester’s waters. This long list of talented sailors largely exists because of superb sailing conditions in Chester, in addition to high-class management from our Yacht Club.

At the 2016 Olympics at least 85% of the boat skippers were former Optimist sailors. The first World Championship was held in Great Britain in 1962 and it has grown to over 60 countries participating.


About the Event

The Optimist is the largest youth dinghy racing class in the world. It is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class and many more built but not registered.

“Nationals”, as we call it, is held every year, usually in August; this year is the 34th year of the event. The event rotates between a West, Central and East location. The event consists of a Fleet Racing Championship and a Team Racing Championship and it serves as the only qualifier event for the Canadian sailors to the IODA Worlds, IODA Europeans, IODA North Americans and IODA South Americans.

Chester Yacht Club (CYC) is extremely pleased to be chosen as host for the 2020 Canadian Optimist Championship. We expect to welcome over 100 sailors aged 8 to 15 years old who will compete for the national title and the right to represent Canada in international competition.

Jacob and Graeme Chaplin-Saunders, the Rio 2016 Men’s 470 Olympians, hail from Chester and grew up here sailing Optis. In addition, Olympic hopefuls and Canadian Sailing Team members Georgia Lewin-Lafrance, Antonia Lewin-Lafrance, and Max Flinn all grew up sailing Optis on Chester’s waters. This long list of talented sailors largely exists because of superb sailing conditions in Chester, in addition to high-class management from our Yacht Club.

At the 2016 Olympics at least 85% of the boat skippers were former Optimist sailors. The first World Championship was held in Great Britain in 1962 and it has grown to over 60 countries participating.