Opti Learn To Race

Introductory racing program for ages 8-14


The Optimist is a 7’9” long, single-handed sailing pram, with a sprit rig. The Optimist is the biggest

youth racing class in the world.


Details & Pricing



Head Coach is Terry Wilson


The program meets most Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4pm 

Dates for the Winter Program:

The program meets rain or shine

Additional registration and coaching fees required for the Florida East Coast Series Regatta Series (dates:1/24; 2/14;4/11;4/18) and for the Sunshine State Opti Championship (March 6-7, 2021).

For those enrolled in the Sunday Opti Learn To Race program, an additional training option is available on Tuesdays from 4 to 6pm. 


Member Fees:

Winter 2021: $435 due before the first session on Sunday, January 10, 2021 

USSCMC Non-Member Fees:

Winter 2021: $485 due before the first session on Sunday, January 10, 2021

Program fees include the cost of a sailing helmet, which is a requirement for the program.  A $35 credit will be offered if your sailor owns their own helmet. The discount can be obtained by entering SHD coupon code at registration.

Registration Details

Registration for the Sunday Program is on RecHub. Please click here to register





Students should already know how to sail.  A minimum of 2 weeks of Summer Sailing Camp experience.

  • Minimum required skills in 8-10 kts of wind
    • Rig the boat
    • Launch the boat unassisted
    • Hold a point of sail
    • Capable of tacking and jibing
    • Capsize recovery
    • Bail the boat
    • Resume sailing
    • Return to the beach unassisted