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, intermediate, advanced, and race team classes are available.

Optimist Racing Team is designed for young sailors between ages 8-15, who have completed Intermediate/Advanced Opti (or equivalent) and have shown interest in racing and competing in regattas. Emphasis is on having fun in a competitive atmosphere, while building racing skills and preparing for regattas. Coaches will teach advanced boat-handling techniques, tactics, and physical fitness while stressing the importance of sportsmanship. Classes will focus on perfecting the processes involved in sailboat racing. The Optimist Racing team will represent White Bear Lake in TCYS Friday events at Twin Cities lakes as well as regattas throughout the Midwest. 3 Hour Class and Coaching at all TCYS events. Participant must provide own boat. Charter boats available for race team members for a nominal fee.

**Payment Installment Plan Available

Note: Additional fees apply for use of school Optis for regatta competition. Please talk to your race coach for details.

Session Dates No Class Days Times Fee # of Classes
OR1 – Opti Racing Team 06/12-07/06 07/04 Monday - Thursday 2:30pm-5:30pm $640 15 (+ 3 TCYS regattas)
OR2 – Opti Racing Team 07/17-08/10 07/04 Monday - Thursday 2:30pm-5:30pm $640 16 (+ 2 TCYS Regattas & ILYA Optimist Championship)
OR3 – Opti Racing Team 06/12-08/10 07/04 Monday - Thursday 2:30pm-5:30pm $1,110 32 (+ 6 TCYS Regattas & ILYA Optimist Championship)