Development Team

Development Team - 2018


Registration is Open - Click Here to Register for Development Team


The Development Team is for beginning and novice racers who want to learn more about racing techniques. The team has capacity for 20 sailors, ages 7 to 15, who will sail Optimists and Lasers.   Lasers will be included if we have sufficient interest (approximately five or more registrations).

The team will meet on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for practice at the club or to attend area regattas. Practices are generally half-day. Sailors will travel with their coaches and parents to regattas, and parents are responsible for transporting the Optis/Lasers and coach boats. Most regattas are in the southern bay. Because of the age differences of the team members, practices may be divided into two groups. The coaches will support the sailors during regattas.

Attendence at practices and regattas is not mandatory. While the Development program is designed to build a competitive race team, it is our goal that the sailors have a fun, safe, friendly, and age-appropriate environment to reach their full potential. Sailors typically spend 2 or more seasons on the Development Team before moving to the Opti or Laser Race Team. The program runs from June 23 to August 13. 

All registrants must have prior approval of the Race Team Director Jason Angus ( and Junior Division Commander, Mark Wensell ( Prerequisite: participants are required to have completed Beginner and at least one Intermediate Opti Class during Junior Week, or the equivalent sailing experience. Racing experience is not required.

To register, please follow the Registration Table link on the navigation bar on the left.

Development Team Schedule  
June 23 - August 13
Practice Thursday - Sunday
Regatta Schedule TBD by Team Coordinator
Development Team Management  
Team Coordinator Elizabeth Staas
Coaches Trent and Garrett Levy
Online Registration Deadline - May 15


We have drafted our 2018 travel schedule, which is posted as a Google Sheet below!   Our Development Team schedule is focused on local events held at local yacht clubs close to FBYC.   These clubs all put on excellent and friendly events that encourage our sailors to experience away regattas while growing their confidence in competitive sailing.

Posted on 2/3:  Draft 2018 Race and Development Team Travel Schedule


We have new team rash guards available for 2018!   



 Click here to order from Lon Gundie: Race Team Rash Guards



Paul Almany, father of 2014 ODT member, and now Laser Race Team veteran, Joshua Almany, put together the video below capturing the ODT experience. Please enjoy!


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