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2024 Opti Season

This year our full summer classes will run for 8 weeks from June 10 to Aug 8 (an additional week compared to 2023).
We hope this overview will help you pick the right class for your sailor.
Click on the "Details" links for class schedules, pricing, and registration.

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Designed for children ages 5 and 6 (who have finished Kindergarten). This class will meet five Friday mornings a summer.  Each sailor must be accompanied in the boat by mom, dad, or a babysitter. The children will learn the parts of the optimist sailboat, sail in the boat with their guardian, and gain comfort with the boat and the water.  The Kinderpram class will visit popular spots around the lake and partake in various activities/games around North Lake, all after having navigated to their destination in their very own optimist sailboat!

Learn to Sail

These sailors will have completed 1st Grade, are completely new to sailing, or have graduated from the Opti Kinderpram Class. Students will go on various excursions around the lake as they increase their comfort level and mobility sailing their own optimist sailboat. This class will teach sailing terminology as well as the very basics of sailing including skills like rigging and de-rigging of the boat and reading wind direction.

Advanced Optis

Kids that have experience sailing, but may or may not have racing experience.  This sailor may or may not be sailing at off lake regattas, but will work on developing basic racing skills. Sailors will learn about race courses and racing rules as they navigate up and down the course. In addition to skills learned in the Learn to Sail Class, the focus of the Advanced Class is on boat handling skills.  More advanced racing techniques and regatta skills will be taught as applicable based on sailor interest.