Beginner Optimist

Apr 28, 2020 -- Posted by : Admin

Beginner_Opti.pngAfter three weeks, a Beginner Optimist sailor should know how to ...



• Follow program and harbor rules Be safety conscious
• Stay protected from the sun
• Use a safety whistle appropriately. Avoid collisions
• Put on and take off a PFD in the water
• Tread water without a PFD for two minutes in the sea. Get in the safety position
• Capsize and recover
• Execute a squall/storm drill


• Be comfortable in an Opti on the water
• Tie an 8-knot, square knot, cleat knot, bowline, half hitch, and clove hitch Coil and throw a line
• Rig and de-rig
• Name the parts of an Opti
• Know where the wind is coming from
• Take care of his or her boat
     - proper and neat stowing and securing
     - washing
• Use the paddle while steering
• Steer responsibly on a tow
• Stay out of the no-go-zone except when tacking. Recover from irons


• Leave the dock
• Return to the dock
• Maintain proper body position and weight placement in the boat Hold the tiller and mainsheet correctly
• Gybe
• Tack
• Reach
• Run
• Sail upwind
• Sail a figure eight
• Sail a triangle
• Sail a square


• Respect others
• View sailing as a team sport
• Work in a team during rigging and activities



After six weeks, a Beginner Optimist sailor should also know how to ...



• Tie sail ties
• Attach a sail onto spars
• Do simple navigation
     - North, South, East, West - recognizing landmarks
     - navigation buoys
     - water depth
• Identify current and tides
• Recognize the approach of puffs and lulls Explain how a sail works
     - push
     - pull
• Use sailing as a way to get somewhere
• Row
• Anchor
• Sail as passenger or crew on a big boat


• Use telltales for upwind steering
• Sit (and where) for different wind and water conditions 
• Adjust the daggerboard for different conditions 
• Maintain proper weight and body balance in the boat 
• Stop and start
• Adjust (when and why) sail controls
      - sprit pole tension
      - outhaul
      - vang stop
      - boom vang
• Execute a 360


• Understand sportsmanship in racing Start
• Round a mark
• Find clear air


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