Opti 3

What is the Opti 3 Class?

The Opti 3 class is for students ages 9 to 15 years old. The Opti Racing class builds on the skills learned in the Opti 2 class to improve boat handling skills and apply these to a racing environment. Sailors work on boat control, developing boat speed, maneuvering, and sailing around a course. Sailors learn how to start, how to round race marks and how to finish a race. On-shore chalk talks are used to prepare for on-the-water drills, as well as learning the racing rules, and developing racing strategies. Sailors are encouraged to participate in area regattas. Here the sailors work on sail trim, boat speed, tactics, rules, and strategy under actual racing conditions. Parental support at regattas is mandatory (see the Parent-Student Handbook, Regattas on page 5: Sailors and parents need to take full responsibility for participation at any regatta. Parents are responsible for taking their child's boat to and from the regatta, and loading and unloading their child's boat for each regatta. At least one parent must be at regattas to assist and supervise their child, in particular in the event he/she leaves the water early due to heavy wind, boat breakdown, etc.)

General notes about racing an Optimist Dinghy: The Optimist class rules specify that a skipper can race Optimists until December 31st in the year they turn 15. On December 31st of that year, they age out of Optimists and can no longer race the boat. Additionally, Optimist racing fleets are typically divided into fleets. Green fleet is a special fleet for beginner racers. Green fleet sailors can be any age up to 15. A green fleet might have skippers who are as young as 6 and as old as 15, but sooner or later they'll move into either the red, white, or blue fleet depending on their age. Green fleet typically sails relatively close to shore and on short courses. Skippers who are 10 or under sail in the white fleet; skippers who are 11 and 12 sail in the blue fleet; and skippers who are 13, 14, or 15 sail in the red fleet. In all fleets, the determining date is the skipper's age on the first day of the regatta. Skippers move up to blue fleet on their 11th birthday and red fleet on their 13th birthday.

Private boat ownership is strongly encouraged. Old Cove YC has some two dozen Optimist Dinghies which are made available to Junior Sailors on a first-registration basis. It should be noted that these are older “starter” boats that are not really suitable for a racing environment. Using an OCYC boat is not a charter and students are not guaranteed a specific boat from class to class, nor are they permitted to use an OCYC boat outside of their lessons, except for OCYC JS arranged private lessons. If your child does not have his or her own boat, choose the class registration “with club boat”. Only if your child has its own Opti can you choose the option “with own boat”.

The Opti 3 Class meets afternoons from 1:00 to 4:30, a minimum of two days per week, up to five days per week.

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