Optimist Racing Program

An advanced learning course for those interested in racing Optimist sail boats.


4 week sessions – Monday through Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
An advanced learning course for those interested in racing Optimist sail boats.

Program Cost: 4 week sessions / $545 per session
Registration Deadline: Rolling
Setting Sail: June 10th, 2019
Schedule: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Monday – Friday
Competitions: Fridays, 8:00 a.m4:00 p.m. (various metro locations)


Who should take this course?
Sailors who have completed 2nd-9th grade (age 8-15), with some sailing experience that have expressed an interest in learning to race.

How are the classes structured?
Optimist racers will train under the racing rules of sailing for practice and will learn to compete in events with other sailors of their talent level in low key learning races. Advanced students will train to compete in the Red, White and Blue fleets segmented by a sailor’s age. This course will hone each sailors individual talents and also prepare them for moving up into the 420/laser race course, all while keeping things fun and carefree in a competitive environment.

Where are the races?
Sailors are urged to participate in the Twin Cities Youth Sailing Series, held on Fridays at the various metro lakes throughout the summer. For qualified sailors, travel to out of state regattas is also available and encouraged. Tuition fees cover training at the sailing center and coaching at regattas. Fees for Twin Cities Youth Sailing registration, travel, and additional regattas are not included.

Sailors are also encouraged to participate in our casual Tuesday night racing series by purchasing a season pass, racing follows class Tuesday nights.

Do we need a boat?
Boats will be provided if registering for the (WCSC boat) option. If you have your own optimist, please register for the (BYO boat) option and we will provide storage space free of charge for the duration of the course.

**note – no classes are in session the week of July 4th.