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.  The sessions usually last around 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.


Version 2How much does it cost?

The Oppie Coaching sessions are £15 for CYC members, £30 for non-members.  Camp prices are detailed below.


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 which can be done online if preferred.  Any cancellations made within 48 hours of a session are non-transferable and non-refundable.


Dates for 2017

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


    • Sunday 12th March  9.30am
    • Sunday 26th March  9.30am
    • Easter Camp 10-13th April
    • Sunday 23rd April  8.30am
    • Sunday  7th May  8.30am
    • Sunday 14th May  12.30am
    • CYC Oppie Open 27th May
    • Half Term Camp 29-31st May
    • Sunday 11th June  11.45am
    • Sunday 25th June  11.00am
    • Sunday 9th July  10.30am
    • Summer Camp 26-28th July (New Dates)
    • CYC Dinghy & Family Fun Week 7-11th August
    • Sunday 20th August  9.00am
    • Sunday 3rd September  9.00am
    • Sunday 17th September  8.30am

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


Holiday Camps 2017

  • Easter: 10-13th April  (10, 10.30, 11, 11.30am) – £120 Members /£150 non-Members
  • Half Term: 29-31st May  (12.45, 2.00, 2.30pm) – £45 Members /£90 non-Members
  • Summer:24-26th July  (10.45, 11.30, 12.00pm) – £45 Members /£90 non-Members
  • CYC Dinghy & Family Fun Week, 7-11th August (10, 10.30, 11, 11.30, 12pm) – £150 Members /£180 non-Members

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.