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Description of Classes


Participants in Opti classes must own or rent an Opimist pram.  All Opti classes meet 3 times a week for 3 hours at a time.

All sailors must pass a swim test on the first day of class.

OPTI 1: An Optimist Pram class for beginner sailors, ages 8 and up. In this class sailors learn the basics of boat set up and take down, steering and points of sail as well as develop the confidence to sail single-handedly.  Sailors will also learn sailing safety. 
OPTI 2: Optimist Pram class-for all sailors who have had two or three sessions of OPTI 1 and/or have graduated to this level as determined by the instructors. Sailors in this class will learn tacking and jibing as well as master points of sail. (Generally ages 9-10)
OPTI 3: Optimist Pram class for all sailors who have had two or three sessions of OPTI 2 and/or have graduated to this level as determined by the instructors.  Sailors in this class will be introduced to maintaining and controlling boat speed as well as master sail position. (Generally ages 10-11)


OPTI 4: Optimist pram class for all sailors who have had two or three sessions of OPTI 3 and/or have graduated to this level as determined by the instructors.  Sailors in this class will learn basic racing skills and rules. (Generally ages 11-12)
Junior Sailing Program(JSP)

A class designed to transfer knowledge learned in the Optimist to new types of boats.  The sailor will be gaining knowledge of and sailing in Lasers, Cotuit Skiffs and 420s. Skills specific to these boats will be introduced.   Sailors are expected to have the physical strength to manage skiffs, lasers and 420's.  For those who prefer to sail 420s, they will learn the technical aspects of sailing 420s while learning to work as skipper and crew.  Basic racing skills will be introduced.

One goal of the instructional program is to encourage young sailors to sail outside of class.  As the JSP sailors gain skills and confidence in the skiffs and lasers, they are encouraged to participate in the CMYC races as crew members and skippers. The Junior and Senior Skiff Race Series are held weekly and are specifically intended for young sailors.  Participation in these races is a fun way to increase sailing skills and feel more involved in the yacht club! (Ages 12-16)

Racing Programs
Opti Race Team
This class is designed to teach all elements of Optimist Racing. Start techniques, racing tactics, wind conditions and roll tacking are just some of the skills that are learned. Sailors will participate in several regattas during the season. Some of these may include the Hyannis Regatta, West Dennis and the Wianno Regatta. (Generally ages 12-13)


420 B Team:  This class is for sailors who have taken opti race and want to further develop their racing skills.  They will continue to learn both fleet and basic team racing strategies using 420's. (Generally ages 13 and up)

420 Racing Team:
Team Members learn the technical aspects of sailing 420s. They learn how to fly a spinnaker effectively and to use a trapeze. They will learn how to prepare for a regatta, understanding lifts and headers, starting strategies, and team racing.  They will travel to other clubs to compete, as well as hosting home events. Team members compete in fleet and team racing events. 420 Race meets four times per week.  (Generally ages 14 and up)

Requirements:  The race team members are required to have prior racing experience and be deemed capable by the head instructor. Parents of 420 race team members are responsible for transporting racers and will assist the coach in trailering and transporting boats to races and regattas.


Placement of sailors in different levels is at the discretion of the Head Sailing Instructor.

Other Programs

Skiff Workshop & Opti Race Series

The Skiff Workshop offers educational instruction for those who seek to familiarize themselves with Cotuit Skiffs.  Sailors who attend the workshop are encouraged to participate in the Skiff Junior Series which takes place immediately following the workshop.

The Opti Series is a weekly opportunity for sailors in Opti 2 and above to race within the CMYC program.  This race series will be held once a week and is designed to offer an informal introduction to Opti racing for those who are interested.

These programs are offered free of charge and are open to anyone interested as a way to educate our CMYC sailors and allow younger sailors more opportunities to race as a community.