2018 Opti Race Team
The BYC Race Program currently supports training in the Optimist (Opti) dinghy for youth up to age 15, the Club 420 (C420) dinghy for ages 12 and above, and the Laser dinghy for ages 13 and above. Participants will still be able to work towards their CANSail levels.
The Optimist is the international standard for competitive youth sailing and the largest one-design sailboat fleet in the world. Class rules allow participation in competition until age 15; however, many Opti sailors “size out” before then.
The Club 420 is a double handed (two person) dinghy with a fleet of over 5000 boats in North America, and is sailed extensively in local, high school and collegiate programs. Rigged with a trapeze, and spinnaker, the C420 offers a unique sailing experience that encourages teamwork, and sets it apart from a single handed boat.
The Laser is an Olympic class sailboat and one of the most popular sailboat classes in the world. Lasers are able to be rigged for varying weights of sailors allowing for a broad range of competitive fleets as well as the ability for sailors to “grow” with the boat.
Significant travel for competition requiring parent support, and additional costs, should be expected, however, the the degree of travel and regatta participation can vary depending on the sailors’ age and abilities.
The Colin Blandy Fund was established in 1977 by members of the Britannia Yacht Club to provide financial assistance to young BYC members who are committed to a competitive sailing program with Olympic aspirations.
High Performance Optimist Race Team:
The BYC High Performance Optimist Race Team program focuses on training for sailing competition, as well as lifelong sailor development. Over the years the program has thrived, producing sailors who compete up to the international level, with international level coaches to support them. Sailors are able to progress at their own pace in attaining CANSail level certification (2,3,4,5,6) and may achieve multiple levels in a single season.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 race team training will operate under strict guidelines and rules. The program will run Monday to Friday, through the end of August, and focus on building Optimist sailing skills as all competitions have been cancelled through the summer. An optional fall session may be offered. Training is highly dependent on the wind and weather and may be cancelled at any time if the conditions don’t allow for safe sailing.
While most sailors will provide their own boat to be part of the program, BYC will also offer a limited number of charters to those who don’t own their own boat. To be eligible for the team, sailors must have previous meaningful sailing experience such as CANSail 2 certification or higher. Sailors and their parents/guardians must sign a code of conduct to participate.
Summer Pricing: $1,350
Summer Schedule (dependent on conditions):
• Saturdays June 20 & 27
• Mondays - Fridays June 29 - August 28
• Daily schedule will vary, but half days are initially planned with the possibility to go to
full days in the future.
• No Training July 1 & August 3
Fall Pricing: TBD
Fall Schedule: TBD
Development Race Team: For sailors that have graduated from our Opti Team or for older CANSail participants looking for a sailing experience with a focus on training for competition. Primarily a double handed team, this program runs in conjunction with CANSail 5 & 6 with additional opportunities to compete in regional regattas and beyond. Participants must own there own boat or rent one. BYC has a limited number of C420s for rent. Please note: We are not able to provide double-handed training programs given current regulations in place to address the ongoing pandemic. As our Development Race Team primarily trains in double-handed c420s, we are not able to run the program in 2020.
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