Here is some important information about the sailing program at BLYC:
IMPORTANT DATES 2020
6/20 - Registration & Orientation (10:00 - 12:00). Bring your boats to be checked by instructors before the official start of sailing season.
6/22 - Session I Begins
7/17 - Session I Ends
7/20 - Session II Begins
TBD - Lighthouse Regatta @ BLYC (green fleet)
8/14 - Session II Ends
Opti 7, 9:00 - 11:30 T,Th
Beginner Opti class for seven year-olds only (must be 7 years old by June 1). No experience necessary. This class is designed as an introduction to sailing with an emphasis on creating enthusiasm for the optimist pram, its parts and nautical terms. Participants move slowly from working with the boat on land to growing accustomed to the boat in the water, all with an eye to safety, comfort and fun. No boat usage fee is required at this level. Enrollment is limited.
Opti 1, 9:00 - 11:30 MWF
The Optimist 1 class is designed to teach the beginning sailor the basics: nautical terms, points of sail, sail trim, knots, capsizing and docking. By the conclusion of the class all sailors will have the opportunity to sail by themselves. Must be 8 years or older by June 1. Each participant must either use his/her own Opti or pay the Opti boat usage fee. Enrollment is limited.
Opti 2, 8:30 - 11:00 M,T,TH
The Optimist 2 Sailing class is for sailors who have the Head Instructor's permission and have completed Opti 1. This class is designed to further hone the skills of sailing including: upwind sailing, sail trim, and tacking techniques. All students must be capable of sailing alone in the boat. Boat ownership is requested at this level, but boat rental is available. Opti 2 sailors who choose to race will need to participate in at least a minimum of two Green Fleet regattas. Enrollment is limited.
Opti 3, 12:00 - 4:30 M,T,TH
The Optimist 3 White Fleet Class is for sailors who have participated in Opti 1, participated in at least 2 Green Fleet regattas, and who have the head instructor’s permission. The focus of this class is on intermediate racing. Technique instruction is ongoing, and includes, but is not limited to, advanced boat handling, sail trim, speed performance, starting techniques, mark rounding rules and tactics, wind shifts and US Sailing Rules of Racing. Boat ownership is required at this level. Sailors are expected to participate in LBIYRA interclubs starting second session. Enrollment is limited.
Opti Racing, 11:30 - 4:30 M,T,TH,F, Wednesday Interclubs
The BLYC Race Team is for the Optimist sailor who has a strong interest in racing, has participated in Opti 2 and/or has the recommendation of the Head Instructor. The Optimist Race team is an exciting opportunity to fully experience the fun and challenge of sailing at a higher level. Techniques learned are ongoing and include, but are not limited to, advanced boat handling, sail trim, speed performance, starting techniques, mark rounding rules and tactics, wind shifts and US Sailing Rules of Racing. Boat ownership is required at this level. Sailors are expected to participate in all LBIYRA events as well as off island regattas (to be determined in conjunction with head race coach and team parents). Enrollment is limited.
420 Racing, 11:30 - 4:30 M,T,TH,F & Wednesday Interclubs
The 420 racing class is for the advanced sailor/racer in the 420. In this class sailors learn to fine-tune all aspects of sailing: roll tacking/jibing, advanced sail trim at all points of sail and racing tactics. Participants are expected to race in the weekly LBIYRA interclubs. Sailors are also required to participate in other island and off-island regattas. Head Instructor’s permission is required to enroll. Each participant must own a boat. 420 racers must be 12 years old and a minimum of 100 lbs/each with a combined 420 minimum of 230lbs. Enrollment is limited.
Adventure Sailing, 12:30 - 4:00 M,W,F
Adventure sailing is designed for sailors 12 or older who have some sailing experience but have decided to explore what sailing has to offer outside of racing or to add to their racing experience. This was previously called transition and was focused on providing time on the water in 420s, Sunfish and Lasers. As the class expands into Adventure Sailing, participants will have additional opportunities, such as introductions to windsurfing and catamaran sailing. No boat usage fee is required for this course. Enrollment is limited.
Laser/Sunfish Racing, 11:30 - 4:30 M,T,TH,F & Wednesday Interclubs
The Laser/Sunfish racing class is for the advanced sailor/racer in the Laser 4.7, Laser Radial or Sunfish. In this class sailors learn to fine-tune all aspects of sailing: roll tacking/jibing, advanced sail rim at all points of sail and racing tactics. Participants are expected to race in the weekly LBIYRA Interclubs. Sailors are encouraged to participate in other island and off-island regattas. Head Instructor’s permission is required. Participant must own a Laser or Sunfish and must be 12 years old and a minimum of 100lbs. Enrollment is limited.