Optimist Crazy

A one stop Optimist web site for New Zealand.

About Us


Optimist Crazy has been created to help Optimist Sailors achieve their potential. It has the intention of being a portal where you can optain all the information as well as the equipment you need to succeed in the Optimist Class. It will be of benefit to both the sailors and the parents of Optimist sailors whatever your level.

Optimist Crazy has been created by Neil Wooldridge (already a sailor) whom has gone through the huge learning curve, whilst his son Robbie has been learning to sail his Optimist in the Class. Realising the time it has taken, clearly indicates that there is a need for a place where information is stored and readily available for people wanting to make their lives easier whilst on the climb to the top of the fleet.


Neil has a passion for sailing having sailed (mainly dinghies) all his life. He has won an Enterprise National Championship, been captain of his University team racing and represented the British Universities in Team Racing. Sailing lasers he has come 2nd twice in the New Zealand Masters Nationals. His most satisfying achievement was winning the UK Laser Club National Championships in 2000. Having sailed in many different classes of boats from J24s, Squibs, Mirrors, RS boats, lasers etc he has a lifetime of experience. I now wish to pass on my knowledge to you.


By creating this site it will help lift the level of Optimist Sailing in New Zealand and give our sailors a better chance in International Regattas.


Please be patient as this site is continually being updated and there may be some large changes as the site develops.


If you can like our Facebook page and tell your friends it would be appreciated. Also if you would life to make a contribution please e-mail neil@optimistcrazy.com