The Optimist dinghy is a 7’ 6 ½” flat-bottomed sailboat designed to be safe and simple enough for an 8-year old, and exciting and technical enough for a 15-year old. The Optimist is used in the Youth Sailing Program Monday through Thursday for young sailors beginning at age 8.
Our more advanced Opti sailors travel to various interclub events in South Jersey as part of the South Jersey Summer Series. The AYC also runs local Optimist racing on Weekends in along with other AYC dinghy fleets. Please refer to the AYC Sailing Calendar for specific dates and times.
The AYC Summer Series gives Opti sailors a chance to compete in their home waters. Regattas are scheduled for 5 Saturdays during July and August. The most popular is the Pirate Regatta complete with shipwreck games. There are prizes each week, as well as several coveted Perpetual Awards based on the participation and performance in this regatta series.
Skippers’ Meetings start promptly at 10am; arrive early to rig your boat and get it on the beach. We would like to start the races around 10:15am! Patrol boats are on the water, so come out and practice your sailing skills. Plan to stay for the Sailors’ Lunch and awards!
If you have any questions or need any further information about the Youth & Sailing program, please do not hesitate to email us at Avalon Sailing.