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The Optimist Class

We are proud to offer instruction for the Optimist class of sailboats at CLYC! The Opti's are the largest one design racing fleet in the world and the international standard in junior instruction! The boat’s simplicity and stability make it ideal for teaching young beginners, while the popularity of the Optimist class makes it challenging for pre-teen racers, too. CLYC owns a fleet of 12 club boats for use within our sailing school program for Beginner and Intermediate students. Most of our Advanced racers who travel off-lake and compete at regattas own their own boats.

A skipper can race Optimists until they turn 15 years old. On December 31st of that year, they age out of Optimists and can no longer race the boat. To promote participation across a wide range of skill levels and ages, CLYC offers Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Optimist classes. Additionally, at Optimist racing events, sailors are divided into fleets: Green and Red/White/Blue. The Green fleet is a special fleet for newer Opti sailors. This group competes relatively close to shore and on shorter courses. The focus for the Green fleet is learning and fun and not as much on competition. The Red/White/Blue fleet is the next level for competitive regatta sailors in which more skill and strategy are applied to racing tactics. These sailors compete on longer courses and are proficient with boat handling.

Optimist Sailing Classes

Beginner Optis

The Beginner Opti class is designed for first year and second year sailors to get them comfortable on the water. This is a fun, enjoyable class where the students are taught in Optimist Dinghys. Our beginners will sail primarily with one other student until comfortable sailing on their own. This class will help your child learn sailing safety, boat parts and rigging, along with terminology. They will learn how to steer, tack, and navigate the wind. The goal is to enable students to sail independently and introduce them to a race course through M & M race nights that are held on Tuesday evenings and the TRAC regatta hosted by CLYC on July 7th and 8th. 

*CLYC Membership is not required for these classes. Life jackets are required. (Recommended Age 7-13)

Beginner Opti Classes

Opti Beginner 1 - Mondays and Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:45pm (June 13-July 26). No class on July 4th or 25th.

Opti Beginner 2 - Mondays and Tuesdays 3:15 - 5:00pm (June 13-July 26). No class on July 4th or 25th.

Opti Beginner 3 - Thursdays and Fridays 3:30 - 5:15pm (June 16-July 22).

*Please check calendar for actual dates.

Beginner Opti Race Nights - Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00pm (July 5 - July 26). These are optional, but encouraged once students are able to sail around a course. (No Fee)

Students do not need to own their own boat for Beginner Opti classes.  Please contact Nicole Boemer (414-628-5305) for further information or with any questions.

Cost: $325

Intermediate/Advanced Optis

If your sailor can sail (up and downwind) independently and wants to join in the fun of learning how to race, they are ready for the Intermediate/Advanced racer courses. The Intermediate course will focus on teaching your young sailor how to navigate a race course and introduce them to racing rules. Many of our Intermediate sailors enjoy participating in various local regattas while others choose not to compete. Either way, this Intermediate course is full of learning and fun. The Advanced course is focused on teaching additional racing skills, tactics, and strategy. Sailors at this level must be independent on the water and require little instruction as it pertains to basic navigation skills. Additionally, Advanced racers are proficient with racing rules and sailing etiquette. M&M and Championship Series race nights held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings and are part of the Intermediate and Advanced classes, however, participation is optional. When your kids are ready to race, these courses are for them!

*CLYC Jr. Membership (or Family Membership) is required for the Intermediate and Advanced courses. (Recommended Age 7-15)

Opti Intermediate Class -
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 1:00 - 3:15pm (June 9-July 22). No class on June 17th, July 7th & 8th.

Opti Advanced Class -
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 12:45 - 3:00pm.
(June 9-July 22). No classes on June 17th, July 6th, 7th & 8th.

*Please check calendar for actual dates.

Int/Adv Opti Race Nights - These are optional, but encouraged at the Int/Adv levels. It's added fun!! (No Fee)

M&M Series: Tuesdays at 6:00-7:00. (June 21 - July 26).

Championship Series: Thursdays at 6:00-7:00. (June 23 - August 11).

Fall Series: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00-7:00. (August 16 - September 1).

Intermediate sailors are not required to own a boat, however,  a CLYC boat usage fee ($75) will be incurred with registration for those who wish to utilize a club boat for the season. Advanced sailors must own a boat. 

Cost: $375

Contact for Jr. Sailing Programs

Steven Boemer