The Optimist Dinghy was designed to teach sailing to kids and is popular throughout the world. The Optimist offers children a full range of sailing experiences from simply having fun and learning new skills, to learning to race and participating in regattas. Because of its size and stability, it is an ideal boat for learning basic sailing skills while building confidence on the water. Once those skills have been mastered, learn-to-race classes and race teams are available.

Ages 7 -11

Our Optimist Fundamentals classes are aimed to teach both first time and less experienced sailors the basics skills needed to sail in a fun, safe, recreational learning environment.

During each session, students will be taught the points of sail, proper sail trim, how to rig and de-rig the boat, knot tying and general seamanship. Our certified staff of instructors will implement a variety of different sailing-based activities, both onshore and on the water, which will allow students to have fun and gain confidence while maximizing learning.

At the end of each session, instructors will suggest the next step for each student based on their progress. 2 ½ Hour Class. Boats are provided.

Session Dates No Class Days Times Fee # of Classes
OF1 – Opti Fundamentals 06/12-06/22 Monday - Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm $300 8
OF2 – Opti Fundamentals 06/26-07/06 Monday - Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm $260 7 - No Classes on July 4
OF3 – Opti Fundamentals 07/10-07/20 Monday - Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm $300 8
OF4 – Opti Fundamentals 07/24-08/03 Monday - Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm $300 8
OF5 – Opti Fundamentals 08/07-08/17 Monday - Thursday 9:30am-12:00pm $300 8
OF6 – Opti Fundamentals 08/21-08/25 Monday - Friday 9:30am-12:00pm $210 5