Optimist Race Program
No race experience necessary!
We're excited to be adding a fleet of Optimist dinghies to our Junior Race Program for 2019. The Optimist is one of the largest youth racing fleets in the world.
We have space for six sailors, aged 8-13 years. For a monthly fee of $250, they'll train in a club-owned Optimist dinghy for two evenings per week. This is a sport in which boys and girls can be equally competitive.
Sailors are welcome to join the team at any point in the season, subject to available space and at the discretion of the coaching staff. Regular attendance is expected, and is integral to a sailor's success and progression.
The program will run from May to October, training will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as some Friday evenings. Information and any changes or updates made to the schedule will be shared with race team sailors and parents via TeamSnap.
Sailors with an appropriate skill level will be able to participate in BC circuit regattas. Sailors are welcome to participate in any, all, or none. Possible regattas will include:
Kitten Cup @ RVYC - April 27-28
COSA Regatta - May 18-19
WAVES @ RVYC - June 29-June 30
Whistler Regatta - Aug 24-25
Commodore's Cup Regatta @ RVYC - Aug 28-30
Pumpkin Bowl @ WVYC - Oct 19-20
Bluenose Regatta @ KYC - Nov 2-3
Costs for regattas are not included in the price of the regular program and will be the responsibility of regatta participants. Parents will be expected to assist with transportation of sailors and boats.
In addition to regattas, sailors will also be able to participate in training camps with other teams from the Lower Mainland. Dates, cost, and locations for these camps have not yet been finalized.
Our program is able to accommodate and develop sailors of all skill levels, from sailors new to racing to seasoned racers. Through participation in weekly sessions of coached racing and training, sailors will build skill and confidence and develop as individuals and as a race team.
Sailors will be sailing in club-owned Optimists, but will be responsible for providing their own personal sailing gear. This will include PFD, whistle, booties, and sailing gloves. We would also recommend a wetsuit, fleece, and spray top for cooler weather. Sailors may be held from participation in training sessions if their gear is not appropriate for the conditions.
For more information, please contact our Race Team Coach here