|Age Range||# of Sailors||Weight||Optimal Height*|
|Optimist||8-15||1||less than 140 lb.||5'7" or less|
|RS Feva||12-16||2||175-260 lb. combined||5'9" or less|
|Laser Radial||14 minimum||1||110 minimum||no limits|
|Big Boat Team||14 minimum||-||no limits||no limits|
We offer a limited number of Optis for charter, and will also help put you in touch with third parties offering private charters and local sales dealers. All privately owned and chartered boats must be checked-in and inspected prior to use.
Beginner and younger sailors typically start in an Optimist dinghy, which is the largest youth sailing class in the world. The "Opti” is safe, stable and easy to rig. Each child will sail his or her own boat. Intermediate and advanced Opti sailors can compete in regattas at HYC and other yacht clubs if they wish. More details below.
The Optimist is the largest junior racing fleet in the world and the international standard in junior instruction. The boat’s simplicity and stability make it ideal for teaching young beginners while the popularity of the Optimist class makes the boat extremely challenging for pre-teen racers. HYC owns a fleet of 16 Optimists to use for the summer program. Most racers who travel bring privately owned boats for practice and racing.
A skipper can race Optimists until December 31st in the year they turn 15. On December 31st of that year, they age out of Optimists and can no longer race the boat. To promote participation across a wide range of skill levels and ages, Optimist racing events are typically divided into fleets.
Green fleet is a special fleet for beginners. Green fleeters can be any age up to 15. A green fleet might have skippers who are as young as 6 and as old as 15, but sooner or later they’ll move into either the red, white, or blue fleet depending on their age. Green fleet typically sails relatively close to shore and on short courses. Sailors may be coached at any time including during a race.
Skippers who are 10 or under sail in the white fleet. Skippers who are 11 and 12 sail in the blue fleet. Skippers who are 13, 14, or 15 sail in the red fleet. In all fleets, the determining date is the skipper’s age on the first day of the regatta. Skippers move up to blue fleet on their 11th birthday and red fleet on their 13th birthday. At most regattas, the red, blue, and white fleets all start at the same time and race on the same course. Coaching for the red/white/blue fleets is permissible before and after, but not during individual races. Coaches can observe the racing from designated areas and provide feedback to the sailors at the completion of the race(s) observed.
For more info visit the class website, www.USODA.org
A more detailed description of the Opti.
A more detailed description of the RS Feva
A bit more detailed information about the Laser Radial
A brief description of the Sonar in our program.
A brief description of the big boat program in our club.
Dear Junior Sailing Families,
The State of New York has given the approval to open summer sports programs if appropriate physical distancing and health precautions are taken. Therefore, we are excited to go ahead with the program and would like to share all that we will do to keep the sailors safe and healthy. Please be available for a Zoom meeting on Monday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm in regards to the HYC Junior Sailing 2020 program.
A meeting invite will be sent in a separate email.
Iris Vogel, Michael Cassidy
HYC Junior Sailing Program Co-Chairs