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Opti Race Team (RWB) - 2nd Half Summer

Monday, Jul 17, 2023 - 12:00 pm through Friday, Jul 21, 2023 - 5:00 pm
Monday, Jul 24, 2023 - 12:00 pm through Friday, Jul 28, 2023 - 5:00 pm
Monday, Jul 31, 2023 - 12:00 pm through Friday, Aug 4, 2023 - 5:00 pm
Monday, Aug 7, 2023 - 12:00 pm through Friday, Aug 11, 2023 - 5:00 pm

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Opti Race Team Session 2 (RWB) 4 weeks
Leaders: Madde Vachon
Travis Carlisle

Event Information


Member Discount Code: member

The member discount code applies to the following membership types: Voting, Associate, Emeritus, and Junior Associate.  If you do not use the code at checkout, we will charge a processing fee upon reimbursement for the difference.

Junior Club Membership link **Junior Club Members are NOT ELIGIBLE FOR DISCOUNT**

Ages: 8 - 13

Time: 12pm - 5pm | Half or Full Summer

For: Green Fleet graduates ready to commit to a summer chock-full of fun and racing!

The Optimist RWB (Red/White/Blue) Team is for more advanced racing sailors who compete primarily in regattas in the Annapolis and surrounding areas, but also supports team members traveling to more distant regional and national level regattas.  The Optimist RWB Team practices and races together.  The Red/White/Blue designations are age bands used to score age groups separately at regattas: White (10 or younger), Blue (11-12), and Red (13-15).  The Optimist RWB Team is ideal for sailors who are comfortable and proficient at racing.  Parental involvement is expected to facilitate travel, trailering, and chaperoning.  The Optimist RWB Team Coaches will be present at all supported regattas to help team members both on and off the water.  Sailors will focus on refining their boat handling and practicing other skills needed to further develop as advanced racing sailors, including:

  • Starting

  • Using telltales

  • Boat handling

  • Advanced sailing terminology

  • The Racing Rules of Sailing

  • Advanced racing tactics

  • Headers vs Lifts

  • Knowledge of race committee flags

  • Pinching and footing

  • Self-preparation 

  • Launching, rigging and docking on one's own

  • Becoming self-sufficient at regattas and events

Optimist RWB team members must provide their own class-legal boats which must have:

  • 27’-30’ floating bow line (1/4” min diameter), secured to mast step

  • Two bailers that are secured to the boat

  • Three airbags which must be firmly inflated and able to hold air

  • Rudder retainer clip (secures rudder to transom)

  • Daggerboard lanyard (to prevent it from floating away if capsized)

  • Mast tie in system (line and/or locking collar)

  • Bridle/Mainsheet connection, must be a shackle type quick connect, no carabiners or other self-opening clips are permitted for safety reasons.

  • Mainsheet Bridle , no looser then approx. 4” from boom, and must have safety line.

  • Paddle or Praddle with lanyard

  • Extra sail ties

  • Link to official Optimist Class Rules: HERE

Participants will need to bring the following things to practice every day, clearly labeled with their name:

  • PFD/Life Jacket (Coast Guard approved) with whistle

  • Closed-toed shoes that can get wet

  • Change of clothes & towel

  • Sunglasses & hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Snacks

  • Reusable water bottle 

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