Optimist Sailing


Have Fun and Learn

Optimist ‘Oppie’ coaching aims to improve your sailing whilst having fun with friends.  It is an ideal way for children to develop their sailing skills and progress from basic boat handling to racing.


Can anyone join?

Almost. If you can sail round a triangle or have RYA L2, you are ready to join the Oppie coaching.  Oppie coaching aims to improve your sailing.   For those wanting to race, this is a great place to start,  enabling you to join in the Club races, and beyond that to the RYA squads standard although the main aim across all standards of sailors is to have fun and learn.


What happens?

Oppie Coaching is done in broad ability groups, refreshing and building on the skills and techniques gained from the formal RYA courses.  Depending on the tide times/heights, the sessions last up to 4 hours (roughly 2 hours either side of high tide) and usually comprises 2 sailing sessions with an initial on-shore briefing, a break and a final debriefing, sometimes with the use of video to both demonstrate techniques and show the sailors how they are progressing. The Coaching is done by Dinghy Instructors sometimes with the help of voluntary assistants.


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The Oppie Coaching sessions are £15 daily for CYC members, £30 for non-members.


Do I need my own boat?

Ideally, but there are seven Club Oppies which are available for hire for £12 per session on a first come, first served basis.

Please note these are not available when there is an RYA course on at the same time as they are reserved for the Learning to Sail courses.


How do I book?

Contact the office.   Bookings are in advance so we can plan the groups, coaches and activities.  Payments must be made at the time of booking to reserve a space. Numbers are limited by student:coach ratios.  Any cancellations made within 48 hours of a session are non-transferable and non-refundable.


Dates for 2018

The coaching dates are in the programme and event calendar, and are:IMG_6382

    • Easter Camp 3-6th April 11am
    • Thursday 12th April – Oppie Open Practice 9am
    • Friday 13th April – Oppie Open Practice 9am
    • CYC Oppie Open 14th April 10.15am
    • Sunday 29th April 9.30am
    • Sunday 13th May 8.45am
    • Sunday 20th May 2pm
    • Sunday 27th May 9am
    • Half Term Camp 29-31st May 9.30am
    • Sunday 10th June  8am
    • Sunday 17th June  12.45pm
    • Sunday 24th June 8.15am
    • Sunday 1st July  12.15am
    • Sunday 15th July 11.30am
    • CYC Dinghy Week Start to Race: 29 July – 2 August
    • Sunday 12th August 10.15am
    • Summer Camp 13-15th August 10am
    • Sunday 26th August  10.15am
    • Sunday 3rd September  9am
    • Sunday 9th September 9am
    • Sunday 16th September  2.45pm
    • Sunday 23rd September 9.15am
    • Sunday 7th October 8.30am
    • Sunday 14th October 1.15pm
    • Sunday 21st October 8.30am

Start times are boats ready but not changed, so please arrive in plenty of time.


Holiday Camps 2018

  • Easter: 3-6th April  (11am)
  • Half Term: 29-31st May  (9am)
  • CYC Dinghy Week – Start to Race: 29th July – 2nd August (10am)
  • Summer: 13-15th July  (10am)

Oppie coaching sessions are run voluntarily by members and rely on parents to help in the coach boats, shore support and tea bar on a rotating basis.  No previous experience is required, just suitable clothing for assisting on the safety boats.  The coaches themselves are Dinghy Instructors, sometimes with the help of voluntary assistants.

Parents/guardians or proxy parents are required to be on-site at CYC during the sessions.