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2022 Opti Season

This year our full summer classes will run from 6/13-8/4.
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.

Questions? Laura Johnson

North Lake Sailing School Coordinator

Phone: 262-361-2104


Designed for children ages 5 and 6. This class will meet five Friday mornings a summer.  Sailors need to be accompanied 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.

If your child is 10 or older and new to sailing, they may be placed in the Green Fleet Sailing Class with kids their own age where they can quickly catch up.  Please contact Laura Johnson at if you think this might apply to your new sailor.

Green Fleet

Green Fleet sailors 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 Green Fleet is on boat handling skills.

Red White and Blue Fleet

Designed specifically for the serious Opti racer and requires instructor approval, based on a skills checklist and maturity level. This class will focus on dry land instruction, racing and racing tactics, and drills to increase boat handling skills, such as roll tacking, buoy rounding, and downwind maneuvers.  Students in this class are encouraged to travel to various regattas throughout the season and class will not be held on those days.