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Class Equipment
  • High SPF Sun Screen, sunglasses and/or hat
  • Properly fitting lifejacket
  • Whistle
  • Water, especially on hot days
  • Towel
  • Non-skid shoes, no black soles. No flip flops.
Swim Test
All sailors must pass a swim test the first day of class. They will be required to:
  • tread water for two minutes without a life jacket
  • swim 200 ft. unassisted in lifejacket and sailing clothes
Bring a swimsuit and change of clothes.

Parent Manual For Opti Regattas


  1. Have Fun! Just get out there and do it!! (Junior Commodore Cup on Wednesday afternoons a great low pressure/hassle way to learn racing.)
  2. Regattas are the parents’ responsibility: Transportation, care, food, equipment, etc.
  3. An instructor/Coach may attend if enough HPYC kids sign up. Coach will help unload boats at Regatta site and load boats at HPYC (at specified time).
  4. Coach (if attending) will be on water, but not coaching after first gun (Green Fleet may allow coaching from the back).
  5. Not all clubs provide spectator boats so make your own preparations.  Ask about getting on a boat as soon as you get there as they fill up.
  6. Optis are just under 7’ in length, approximately 70 pounds and fit in most vans with seat backs down.

Items for Child to Bring to Regatta

  1. Spray Jacket. Sailing gloves. Life jacket.
  2. Bug Spray.
  3. A dry change of clothes.
  4. Towel.
  5. Sun block, hat, sunglasses.
  6. Money just in case (about $40). Possible expenses: Regatta fee, Lunch, Regatta T-shirt, Replacement equipment.
  7. Water bottle snacks (lunch if not provided).
  8. Small paddle.
  9. Safety whistle tied to life jacket (DQ’d if found without one)

Sailor’s Tool Kit

  1. Duct Tape. Ripstop tape
  2. Extra sail ties for boom or mast (Tie and store them on the Flotation tank straps)
  3. Extra wind indicator (to attach sails)
  4. Large Clear Zip lock bag for sailing instructions
  5. Screw driver, Pliers, Shackles
Registration Information
  1. Must know sail number for registration
  2. USODA (US Optimist Association) Membership number sometimes required for serious regattas as is social security number and blood type.
  3. Sailing Class: Green Fleet for beginners, White Fleet for 9-10 year old  slightly experienced, Blue Fleet for 11-12 year old experienced sailors, Red Fleet for 13-14 year old experienced (ask your Instructor where you fit)