Opti Sessions

The “GO-TO” class for junior sailors worldwide.

Ages 5-13 (up to 120lbs)
Week-long full-day sailing camps for beginners and intermediate sailors.  Multi-week Race camps are offered for advanced sailors.

Every student will receive:

  • The annual Saint Croix Sailing School T-Shirt.
  • The Little Red Book.  The Little Red Book is US Sailing’s certification system.  As sailors progress, instructors will sign off on the skills mastered.

Lil’ Luffers

This three-day course is the perfect way for your little one to get their first taste of sailing. Parents are asked to stick around and experience this course with their little ones. During this course, you and your child will learn water safety, how to rig an OPTI, and how to steer the boat around the bay. 

This course is for ages 5-7 and their parents or guardians.  One parent/guardian is required to attend with each student.
Prerequisite: None!

View Times/Register for 2021
2021 Dates Time Price Status Availability* Registration
July 06, 07, 08 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm $175 Sold Out 0 Click here to register
August 24, 25, 26 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm $175 Expired 0 Click here to register

*Availability and capacity for all sessions are subject to change at any time.

Opti Explorer

This is the place to start your child’s love of sailing. Sailed around the world, the Opti is the go-to class for junior sailors.  Sailors will learn on-the-water safety, rigging, steering, knots, and more! The end of the week goal is for your student to have a basic understanding of the mechanics of driving and sailing a boat. Each four-day session is designed to get your child comfortable and confident in an Opti.  This course can be taken multiple times.  Each week your sailor builds upon the fundamentals of sailing. 

Ages 7 – 13 (under 120 lbs)
Prerequisite: None!
Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

View Times/Register for 2021
2021 Dates Time Price Status Availability* Registration
June 14 – 18 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Expired 0 Click here to register
June 21 – 25 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Sold Out 0 Click here to register
June 28 – July 02 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Sold Out 0 Click here to register
July 12 – 16 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Sold Out 0 Click here to register
July 19 – 23 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Sold Out 0 Click here to register
July 26 – 30 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Sold Out 0 Click here to register
Aug 02 – 06 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Expired 0 Click here to register
Aug 09 – 13 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Expired 0 Click here to register
Aug 16 – 20 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $355 Expired 0 Click here to register

*Availability and capacity for all sessions are subject to change at any time.

Opti Advanced

Opti Advanced sailors are students who have taken a week or two of the Opti Explorer sessions and have shown advanced sailing ability. The Opti Advanced session is for students who are not yet ready for racing but would like to continue working on more advanced skills and techniques. Sailors will continue to work on points of sail and boat control. There will also be more advanced topics introduced like spinnaker sailing, reading the wind/weather, and other more advanced boat handling techniques.

Prerequisite: 1-2 weeks of OPTI Explorer
Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

View Times/Register for 2021
2020 Dates Time Price Status Registration
July 19 – July 23 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $385 Sold Out Click here to register
July 26 – July 30 9:00 am – 3:30 pm $385 Sold Out Click here to register

 

Opti Racer

The Racing Optimist class is an exciting opportunity to fully experience the challenge of sailing at a higher level. Designed for students who who have shown their ability to sail at a high level in the Opti Explorer or Advanced courses. The OPTI racers will develop racing concepts including starts, upwind and downwind sailing, as well as boat trim for speed, racing rules, strategy, tactics, and more. US Sailing Certified instructors lead students in drills, practice races, and adventure downriver. The class meets Monday – Friday from 9:00-3:30 for two weeks.

On select Fridays, the Opti Racers are encouraged to compete in local TCYS regattas. These regattas are held around the metro area. There is a $20 registration fee for each regatta.

Prerequisite: 1-2 weeks of OPTI Explorer (and instructor approval) or Opti Advanced.

View Times/Register for 2021
2021 Dates Time Price Status Registration
June 21 – July 02
(Monday-Friday)
9:00 am – 3:30 pm $595 Expired Click here to register
August 02 – August 13
(Monday-Friday)
9:00 am – 3:30 pm $595 Cancelled Click here to register