Opti Kids

Registration Opens February 1st! Space is Limited!

Opti Kids, for young beginners age 5 to 8, consists of 4 morning sessions on Saturdays and Sundays, over two consecutive weekends. 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.

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

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. FBYC will provide the boats for this program. Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged to reserve a space. Non-Members are welcome.

If more than 16 sailors are registered, two classes will be formed.  One class will be for beginners and the other class will be for beginners with some previous experience or taking the class for the second time.

Opti Kids Schedule  
  AM Class
Two weekends in mid-June (4 days total) 9:00 - 12:00
Online Registration Opens 2/1, Member Preference Ends 3/1, Closes 6/1


For info on exact dates & the Campdoc link to register click here. 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, Opti Kid sailors will be asked to swim the length of our pool (approximately 75'), for which they 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, send an email to:  juniors@fbyc.net

Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Office Mail: Fishing Bay Yacht Club, 2711 Buford Road #309, Bon Air, 23235,
Clubhouse Address: 1525 Fishing Bay Road, Deltaville, VA 23043 (no mail delivery)

Phone Numbers: Club House 804-776-9636

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