Intermediate Optimist

Apr 28, 2020 -- Posted by : Admin

After the end of six weeks, an Intermediate Optimist sailor should know how to ...



• Follow program and harbor rules
• Stay protected from the sun
• Be safety conscious (Rule 1)
• Use a safety whistle appropriately
• Put on and take off a PFD in the water
• Tread water without a PFD for two minutes in the sea
• Avoid collisions
• Get in the safety position
• Capsize and recover
• Execute a squall/storm drill


• Avoid contact (Rule 14)
• Use windward/leeward (Rule 11)
• Use Starboard/Port (Rule 10)
• Use clear ahead/clear astern (Rule 12)
• 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
• Identify points of sail
• Know where the wind is coming from
• Explain actual vs. apparent wind
• Rig and de-rig properly
• Name the parts of an Opti
• Take care of a boat
          - proper and neat stowing and securing
          - washing boats
          - checking sail for ties
          - tying ties
• Check mast preventer Explain how a sail works
          - push
          - pull
• Do simple navigation
          - North, South, East, West - recognizing landmarks
          - navigation buoys
          - water depth
          - reading a chart
          - using a compass
• Recognize the approach of puffs and lulls. Use the paddle while steering
• Steer responsibly on a tow
• Attach a sail onto spars
• Recognize and sail in currents and tides Assess weather
          - simple weather systems
          - clouds and what they mean - wind and weather
          - weather reports
          - barometric pressure
• Use sailing as a way to get somewhere Row
• Anchor
• Sail as passenger or crew on a big boat


• Leave the dock
• Return to the dock
• Stay out of the no-go-zone except when tacking
• Recover from irons
• Maintain proper body position and weight placement in the boat 
• Hold the tiller and mainsheet correctly
• Gybe
          - s gybe as apposed to c gybe
          - pull-in sail and center tiller Tack
• Sail downwind
          - reach
          - run
          - sail trim dictated by where the wind is 
          - body position and placement
          - steering
          - sail by the lee
• Upwind sailing
          - close-hauled
          - steering a straight course.....paying attention
          - watching for speed and balloon in the luff
          - telltales
• Sail a figure eight
• Sail a triangle
• Sail a square
• Use telltales for upwind steering 
• Stop and start
          - heading into the wind
          - backwinding sail
          - pull in and head off
• Execute a 360
• Adjust the daggerboard for different conditions and points of sail 
• Where, when, and how to sit
• Position body weight
          - steering with weight
          - how body placement and movement affects the boat - for different weather conditions
          - for different points of sail
• Adjust sail shape (when and why) 
          - outhaul
          - boom vang
          - gooseneck
          - sprit tension
          - for different weather conditions 
          - for different points of sail
• Sail backwards


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


• Understand sportsmanship in racing 
          - responsibility
          - fair sailing
• Use tacking rules (Rule 13)
• Sail a starting sequence
          - clear air
• Avoid la-la land
• Assess wind on a course Round a mark
          - the mechanics of it
          - basic applications of Rule 18 Finish
• Act on puffs and lulls
• Adjust sail controls for different legs Adjust weight for speed
• Find clear air
• Use rules in racing
• Execute a 360 when foul occurs


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