Intermediate Optimist

Objective:

Improve fundamental sailing skills and introduce intermediate sailing skills in light to moderate breezes. Introduction to Green Fleet racing. 

Duration:

4-week or 8-week sessions

Previous Experience or Knowledge:

Completion of Advanced Beginner Optimist Class or demonstration of all skills in US Sailing Small Boat Sailor Certification Record Book through page 13.Sailors must be able to complete a swim test.

Sailors must be able to complete a swim test

Age Group:

Sailors must be 8 years old at start of class. Verification of birth date may be required.

Boat and equipment:

Optimist Dinghy. Sailors may bring their own boat or rent from WYC. USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) (life jacket)

Assessment:

Sailors will work on developing skills outlined in the US Sailing Small Boat Sailor Certification Record Book through Page 11. (“The Little Red Book”)

Days and Times:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1pm – 4pm

By the end of this class, sailor should be able to do the following:

Sailing:
  • Demonstrate all skills from Advanced Beginner class
  • Demonstrate proper sail trim to point of sail and sail with telltales.
  • Demonstrate proper body position depending on point of sail and conditions
  • Demonstrate basic tactical awareness of wind shifts, currents and other boats
  • Demonstrate ability to sail a multiple point race course, including start line management, finding a layline, rounding marks and finishing
  • Sail and bail
  • Rigging:
  • Rig boat for a variety of sailing conditions
  • Demonstrate proper care of equipment.
  • Knots and Seamanship:
  • Demonstrate cleat hitch, coiling, figure eight, bowline, clove hitch.
  • Identify the commonly used nautical flags on a race course.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing.