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Opti Kids - 2017

Opti Kids, for young beginners age 5 to 8, consists of 4 sessions, either mornings or afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays, over two consecutive weekends: June 10-11, and June 17-18, 2017. Children will join their friends and parents in onshore, classroom sessions followed by on-the-water training to learn basic boat handling including:

  • boat set up and launch
  • finding the wind
  • righting a capsized boat
  • steering the boat
  • sail trim
  • balance, and
  • avoiding the "no go zone"

The course also teaches on-the-water safety specific to sailing such as "tiller towards trouble", capsizing, and towing back to shore. Opti Kid sailors will be paired in Optis during the on-water instruction. Sailors who complete Opti Kids should have a general understanding of the basic principles of sailing and the basic skills required for success in the Beginning Opti class at Junior Week. Over the years, Opti Kids has been a gateway for hundreds of children to a lifetime of sailing enjoyment.

Click this link to enjoy photos from Opti Kids 2016: https://flic.kr/s/aHskC9hcuA

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At least one parent (or other adult guardian) is required to join the kids and instructors in waist-deep water for the on-the-water instruction. The class offers adults a great opportunity to become familiar with the Optimist dinghy and to spend fun time on and in the water with their children. Parents or guardians registering online will be asked to select Beginning Opti Kids or Advanced Opti Kids. Beginning Opti Kids, for first-time sailors, meets in the mornings; Advanced Opti Kids, for second- or subsequent-year sailors, meets in the afternoons. FBYC will provide the boats for this program. Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged to reserve a space. Non-Members are welcome.

  • Beginner Opti Kids Class - meets on Saturday and Sunday mornings on two successive weekends and is geared for first-time beginners.
  • Advanced Opti Kids Class - meets on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on two successive weekends and is geared for beginners with some previous experience.
Opti Kids Schedule    
  AM Class PM Class
June 10 & 11 Year 1 Sailors Year 2 Sailors
June 17 & 18 Year 1 Sailors Year 2 Sailors
Opti Kids Program Director Paul & Julie Ann Wash  
Online Registration Opens 2/1, Member Preference Ends 3/1, Closes 5/15  

To register please follow the Registration link on the navigation bar on the left.Payments are nonrefundable after registration has closed.

Swim Test: All sailors must pass a simple two-part swim test on the first morning of camp. First, sailors will be asked to swim the length of our pool (approximately 75'). Opti Kid sailors may wear their PFDs. Sailors who pass will then be asked to swim to our beach from the end of our pier in Fishing Bay, wearing swim shoes and a PFD.

Note on Safety: All participants during Opti Kids, including juniors and adults, must wear PFDs and water shoes while on or in the water (boating and swimming), while on the beach, and while on the piers.  No exceptions are allowed. Those who will not follow this rule will be excused from participation.

In case of inclement weather, class sessions will be held onshore.

For additional information, contact Paul or Julie Ann Wash at julieann.wash@webnext.net

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