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Optis - Ages 9 - 14 (approximately)


Please note: the following information is for group sailing lessons. Private instruction may be available by special arrangement. Please contact the Program Director to learn more.

Opti I

The Optimist, or Opti, is one of the most successful boat designs in history. With more than 150,000 boats worldwide. It has helped countless kids learn to sail.

This class is designed to get kids feeling comfortable sailing by themselves. Beginning with very basic techniques, the Opti 1 classes focus on the following skills: rigging, boat controls (tiller and mainsheet), points of sail, tacking and gybing, upwind sailing, capsize recovery and general seamanship (safety, knots, rules of the road, parts of the boat).

Students in this group must provide their own Opti. The Club has two boats available for weekly rental.

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Opti II

In Opti II classes, students refine their skills from Opti I, including mastery of points of sail.

Opti II also introduces skills required on the race course (and Opti racing is FUN!). Students learn how race courses work; they learn to understand starting sequences, and, most importantly, the special rules for sailing safely on a race course. They also learn about hiking technique, roll tacking (which helps maintain speed) and how to recognize a lay line. Participation in Unkie (interclub) races  is encouraged .

Students in this group must provide their own Opti. The Club has two boats available for weekly rental.

Please click here for pricing and registration.

Opti Racing

Opti Racing focuses on refining skills and advanced racing techniques. We develop deeper understanding of racing rules and mastery of different types of race courses. We hone skills including start and course strategies - including identification of the favored end of the line. identify and take advantage of wind shifts, and how each skipper can fine-tune their rig to match conditions.

Participation in Unkie and other SMSA regattas is strongly encouraged.


Students in this group must provide their own Opti. The Club has two boats available for weekly rental.

Please click here for pricing and registration.