16 Sep 9:29 AM
Temp: 82°F   Pressure: 30.05in.
Wind NE (47°) at 8.7kt gusting to 10.4kt

27°54.47 N — 82°27.09 W
1315 Severn Ave. Tampa, FL 33606
813-251-1158
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Opti Sailing

Davis Island’s year round Youth Sailing Program promotes the sport of sailing, encourage independence, self-reliance, and good character. We feel an outdoor, on the water learning experience with other young people, each person the "captain of his/her own ship", is one of the most enjoyable ways to accomplish this goal. In the last decade, our program has produced National champions, US National Team Members, and US participants in qualifying Regattas around the world. Our program utilizes the single handed Optimist Dingy for our elementary and middle school sailors Our coaches are selected as the best coaching talent available in the region. The Program operates from September to May. All fleets meet on weekends and attend local and regional Regattas throughout the year.

The Optimist is the biggest youth racing class in the world.[ As well as the annual world championship the class also has six continental championships, attended by a total of over 850 sailors a year. Many of the top world Optimist sailors have become world-class Laser Radial or 4.7 sailors after they "age-out" but many also excel in double-handers such as the 420 and 29er. At the 2016 Olympics at least 85% of the boat skippers were former Optimist sailors. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class and many more built but never registered.

Green Fleet

The Opti Green Fleet program is for Optimist age sailors (8-15) who have either completed DIYSF summer camp, or a similar program, or are beginner racers. In the Green Fleet program, young sailors are taught sail trim, sailboat racing, rules, tactics, and basic strategies. The program attends approximately one regatta per month mostly within a few hours’ travel time from the Club. Charter boats are available for use the first six months of sailing.

Red, White and Blue Fleets

Opti RWB Fleets are age group fleets that Green fleet sailors move to once having become proficient at racing. White Fleet is for skippers who are 10 and under. Blue fleet is for skippers who are 11 or 12. Red fleet is for skippers who are 13, 14 or 15. Sailors receive racing instruction in small groups and are supported with coaches and motorboats at designated regattas. The program encourages independence, self-reliance, and good character. Sailors are expected to own their own boat.

For more information about joining our Opti Program contact:

Roy Burnett

Gwyn Crump

President of the DIYSF

VP of Opti Sailing

813-767-9808

813-810-1245

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