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.