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.  Depending on the tide times/heights, the sessions last up to 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 £17 and are available only to members (children or grandchildren)


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 to reserve a space. Numbers are limited by student:coach ratios.  Any cancellations made within 48 hours of a session are non-transferable and non-refundable.


Oppie Coaching Dates for 2019

The coaching dates are in the programme and event calendar.

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


    • Sunday 21 April 11.30
    • Sunday 5 May 11.00
    • Sunday 19 May 09.30
    • Sunday 9 June 14.00
    • Sunday 23 June 15.00
    • Sunday 30 June 09.00
    • Sunday 7 July 14.00
    • Sunday 14 July 09.00
    • Sunday 21 July 13.30
    • CYC Dinghy Week Start to Race: 31 July – 4 August
    • Sunday 18 August 12.30
    • Sunday 1 September 11.00
    • Sunday 15 September 11.15
    • Sunday 29 September 10.00
    • Sunday 13 October 10.15
    • Sunday 20 October 14.45
    • Sunday 27 October 8.30


Holiday Camps 2019

  • Easter: 8-10th April  Start to Race
  • CYC Dinghy Week – Start to Race: 31st July – 4th August (10am)


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.