Opti Racing is sometimes the first introduction to sailboat racing for both the parent and the child. The information below is intended to be a general overview to help everyone understand just what this sport is that we all enjoy so much. Please read and reach out to email@example.com or to someone in your program with any questions.
Who’s interested in racing, the parent or the child?
How to enable the interested youth?
What is Green Fleet Racing?
Why is Green Fleet so fun?
What are other resources (other than this fabulous site!)?
How do Opti starts and courses work?
How does Overall Scoring work?
Where can I get more detailed regatta information?
All sorts for running youth regattas, including downloadable forms and lots of event ideas, can be found on the Opti web site: www.usoda.org. Details about local I-LYA racing are on this website under Traveler Series. The local schedule is on the Calendar and Events page.
What can I do to make sure my sailor is safe?
Do I have to buy a boat right away?
What is the most important piece of equipment?
What do we need for a regatta?
Most regattas require some form of travel, and that means getting your sailor and boat to where they need to be. Boats travel by car topping or trailering. Test the rig out locally first, drive around, make sure it all stays attached. Ask a travel veteran for advice; trucker’s hitches and come-along straps are not dirty words. Optis can fit inside many mini-vans with the seats removed. Make sure you bring everything for sailing. Even though most regattas provide on and off the water food and beverage, make sure your sailor leaves the dock with plenty of water and snacks to make it through the whole day. Dry clothing is a good idea for post racing comfort and the drive home. And don’t forget the sunscreen!
When does my sailor move on from Green Fleet?
What is life like in the fast lane of Opti racing?
How can we prepare for Opti racing in the off-season?
How do we best plan our season?
What should I look for in an intermediate Opti?
How do teams work and where do I sign up?
Can you give an example of an informal team formed in the I-LYA?
Does my child need a coach?
Is away regatta coaching expensive?
Can you give me examples of shared coaching?
It is important not to forget about a good campaign strategy. To establish rankings, start with the U.S. Team Qualifier representing the U.S. at international events. There are several race teams which travel the country which are good options including the Lake Ontario Optimist Team (LOOT) and Team Prime. But the greatest ranking of all may be a win of the I-LYA Traveler Series!
The Optimist Parent and Owner Manuals are both available in the Members section at USODA.org under FAQ. Both include additional valuable information to help get you started.
Click Here for “Teaching Beginning Sailors Confidence and ‘Mechanics’” by Hank Reffner and learn how to use the telephone game to help make your first year sailors comfortable in the boat.
Click Here for “How to Tack an Opti” by Hank Reffner—a step by step breakdown taken from the Advanced Opti Boat Handling DVD.