Program Descriptions

Learn to Sail

The Learn to Sail program is designed for young sailors ages 6 and up that have no or very limited sailing experience. Low sailor to instructor ratio ensures that the classes are safe and fun. The program runs both classroom lessons and on the water practices in the form of games and other kid-friendly activities. The objective is to give young sailors their first opportunity to enjoy safe boating and sailing, in particular, meet new friends, and get familiar with the marine environment.

Opti Green Fleet: Introduction to Racing

The objectives of this group are to continue having fun with sailing, to transition from the Learn to Sail program into our racing team, and to participate in select TSA events.  Improvement of boat handling skills in increasing wind conditions will be an important part of practices. These sailors will also focus on understanding the basic principles of racing such as starts, course rules, and the racing environment.  This program is designed for sailors 7 years and older and no more than 120 lbs. Sailors will gain the core skills necessary to continue racing at more advanced levels as well as the confidence to sail on their own, with family or friends in other boats. Most importantly, having fun with friends on the water and fun sailing activities throughout the season will keep your sailor involved!

Opti RWB Intermediate

This program is for sailors who have competed in the Green Fleet and are almost ready or have moved on to RWB competition. Practices will be led by assistant coaches with interaction with the head coach and advanced fleet. Sailors in this group will work on proper rigging, sailing techniques, basic tactical and strategic skills in both fleet and team racing. The group will be preparing to compete in TSA events as well as in selected USODA regattas.

Opti RWB Advanced Racing

This is a program for Opti sailors who want to bring their skills to the most competitive level.  Each practice will include a workout, detailed boat rigging, extended drills with an emphasis on both technical and physical aspect of sailing. During classroom lectures, RWB Fleet sailors will acquire the theoretical knowledge about racing strategies and tactics, rules interpretation, and sailing physics. Video and chalk-talks will be used to analyze sailors’ individual techniques. Training will focus on developing and cultivating the boat-handling, boat-speed, physical stamina, mental concentration, and boat-tuning skills needed to excel in national and international competition. Long practices in a wide range of wind and sea conditions combined with intense workouts will demand high levels of maturity, focus, and dedication. RWB Fleet will train for both Fleet and Team Racing. Weather permitting, all of the weekend practices will be in the bay.  Sailors should come prepared to work out on any given day with running shoes and bring a notebook. Sailors are expected to compete at USODA events and attempt to qualify to represent the USA and LYC at international events. Team Racing sailors will be invited by Coach Bernat, spots on the Team Race team will be based on practice attendance, attitude, commitment, and consistency of results while fleet racing.

Laser Greenhorn

Laser Greenhorn is a program designed for beginner Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial sailors. Sailors will focus on skills needed to advance to the next level, Laser Radical. Training will introduce boat handling, boat speed, sail trim, one design tactics and strategy. Height, weight and maturity are key for the Laser Greenhorn team. These sailors should be more than 100 lbs. to join the Laser 4.7 class, more than 130 lbs. to join the Radial class, and more than 175 lbs for a Laser Full rig.

Laser Radical

Laser Radical is designed for the more advanced Laser 4.7, Radial and Laser Full Rigs with travel to regional and national events. This is not a learn-to-sail program; all sailors must have sufficient knowledge of sailing and dinghy racing experience. Training will expand on boat handling, boat speed, sail trim, one design tactics and strategy. This team is height and weight sensitive due to the nature of the Laser.

C420 Racing

The Club 420 program is committed to the pursuit of Club 420 racing. Training will include boat handling, boat speed, physics of sailing and weather, sail trim, one design tactics and strategy. This team will travel to regattas and pursue regional and national competition.