SAYC Sail Team Racing Program
Opti Development, Opti Green, Opti Advanced, c420 & Laser Teams
Opti Development Team (Ages 8 - 10) is a new program designed to introduce racing to our youngest sailors. Emerald Fleet requires basic boat and sailing knowledge, sailors must have at least one week of Sail Camp or previous experience sailing an Optimist. Emerald Fleet focus is on safety and fun utilizing the SailCube Opti.
Opti Green Team (Ages 8 - 15) - Designed for those who know how to sail and want to learn to race. Opti Green team practices twice a week on Sundays and Tuesday afternoons. Must have completed two weeks of Sail Camp and show proficiency in rigging, launching, tack and gybing, docking and capsize recovery. Development Team a prerequisite, or Sail Director approval. Charter boats available, more infomation here.
Opti Advanced Team (Ages 8 - 15) - Designed for experienced racers with previous Sail Team experience. RWB sailors must provide their own boats. McLaughlin Optis available for charter. Opti Advanced Team has more focused and demanding practices, Green Fleet prerequisite or Sail Director approval.
c420 and Laser Teams (Ages 13 - 17) - Designed for those who know how to sail and want to learn how to race. SAYC c420 Team teaches club racing (trapeze and spinnaker) as well as traditional 420 main and jib racing. Laser and 420 teams are comprised of new and advanced racers. The c420 and Laser teams share combined practices twice a week on Sundays and Thursday afternoons, with a dedicated Laser coach and a dedicated c420 coach. Sailboats included for 420 racing; Laser racers must provide their own boat.
All Sail Teams have a two, full-day clinics in October and November with past US Sailing team members and both World and North American Champion guest coaches.
Opti Green, Opti RWB, 420 and Laser teams will attend 4 traveling regattas, Opti Emerald will be invited to attend traveling regattas and participate in 1 intra-squad regatta. Schedules for each team are linked below:
Opti Development Team Schedule
Opti Green & Advanced Schedule
c420 Team Schedule
Laser Team Schedule
Interested sailors must commit to all practices, clinics, regattas, and maintenance and trailering days. Parental involvement is required, please email Sail Director with questions prior to registering.
ALL NEW SAILORS AND FAMILIES MUST REGISTER FOR AND ATTEND OUR SAIL TEAM INFORMATIONAL MEETING on Sunday, August 21st. Mandatory parent/sailor meeting on Saturday, September 10th for all participants, first practice for all teams on Sunday, September 11th.
Handbook found here.
SAYC RB Hunt After School Program Information
The RB Hunt After School program is open to students of RB Hunt only, grades 3-5 only. Our afterschool program consists of one day per week on Monday afternoons, for four consecutive weeks. We will pick your child up from RB Hunt at dismissal and walk them over to SAYC. From 2:45pm - 6:00pm your child will be in our care exploring Salt Run. Your child will participate in scavenger hunts, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. Sailing is conducted on the Hobie Getaway and Flying Scot sailboats. Pick up will be at SAYC and children need to have a bag packed with closed toe and closed heel water shoes, swimsuit, towel, reusable water bottle and sunscreen. Optional items include a change of clothes, hat and sunglasses. Registration cost includes an afterschool snack. Students commit to 4 weeks, Monday afternoon sessions only.
In the event of foul weather, your child will remain under our large, covered deck taking part in STEAM activities until 6:00pm pick up time. Activities include boat building, burgee making, and many other sailing related educational activities.
After school program Handbook emailed upon registration. Waiver required.
To register for session #2, click here.
We also offer a Little Skippers after school program for ages 5-7, open to children of all schools. If your child is 8 or older, you can register them for our Adventure Sailing after school program. If your child is interested in learning how to sail their own boat and missed our Sail Camp experience this summer, we offer a Saturday Learn to Sail program.
SAYC Little Skippers After School Program Information
Little Skippers after school program is designed for 5–7-year-olds with or without water and sailing experience. Our curriculum is designed to introduce the basics of sailing and water safety and is instructed by adult US Sailing Certified instructors only. Little Skippers will experience sailing on the Hobie Getaway, Hobie Wave, Flying Scot and Opti SailCube sailboats. Explore Salt Run and beyond, and have fun sailing!
To register for session #2, please click here.
SAYC Adventure Sailing Program Information
Adventure Sailing is for those who enjoy the adventure of sailing and is designed to engage and expand on existing sailing knowledge. Sailors commit to 4 weeks, Monday afternoon sessions only. Explore Salt Run and beyond, and have fun sailing! Ages 8-15 welcome.
In the event of foul weather, your child will remain under our large, covered deck taking part in STEAM activities until 7:00pm pick up time. Activities include boat building, burgee making, and many other sailing related educational activities.
Sailing on Hobie Getaway, Flying Scot, 420 and Opti sailboats.
To register for session #2, click here. If your child is interested in learning to sail their own boat, and missed out on our summer Sail Camp program, consider registering for our Saturday Learn to Sail program.
Opti Learn to Sail on Saturdays!
Did you miss Sail Camp this summer, or did you only attend 1 week and want to learn more? Our Opti Learn to Sail program is for you! On select Saturdays this fall, your child will learn step by step how to sail an Opti on their own, outlined below:
Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Opti Learn to Sail is designed for beginners with little to no sailing experience. By the end of the four week session, your child will learn these skills:
Parts of the boat
Steering, body positioning, and sailing mechanics
Capsize and recovery
Launching and docking
Points of sail and sail trim
How to tack and gybe
Basic rules of the road
Beach landing and safety position
Proper cleaning and stowing of sailing equipment
Basic knot tying
Your child will have two on-water sessions per day, including swim breaks and lunch break, as well as daily knot tying sessions before dismissal.
Fall sailing program Handbook and QR code sent upon registration. Please read through Handbook and save QR for daily pick-up and drop-off.
In the event of foul weather, your child will remain under our large, covered deck taking part in STEAM activities until 3:00pm pick up time. Activities include boat building, burgee making, and many other sailing related educational activities.
We also offer a Little Skippers afterschool program for ages 5-7, open to children of all schools.
Sailing on Hobie Getaway, Flying Scot, 420 and Opti sailboats. If we cannot sail, we will explore Salt Run using our kayaks and paddle boards!
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