Our Opti program uses the Blue Dragon Pram designed for ages 6-11 & up to 100lbs. We offer several levels of learn to sail including: Opti Tots/Novice (7 & under), Seaman/Beginner, Mate/Intermediate, Skipper/Advanced

  • Opti Tots, Novice, Ages 6-8
    • *No experience needed.
      This class is geared for young children who are comfortable on the water. This introductory class emphasizes FUN while teaching basic terminology, seamanship, boat handling, and safety. This class incorporates fun activities both on and off the water to build confidence, teamwork, and new friends! Parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to participate. This class is in the evenings or half day AM session July 4th week..

      Six Evenings: 5:30 - 7:30PM OR One Week Half Day AM: 9AM-NOON, Cost: $255/$225 EYC Member
      Session 1: Monday, June 22 - July 27
      Session 2: Thursday, June 25 - July 30
      Session 3: Mon-Friday, June 29 - July 3 (9AM-NOON) 

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  • Opti Seaman, Beginner, Ages 7-9
    • *No experience required.
      This half-day class introduces basic seamanship, including rigging, and steering and sail trim. Through innovative and fun on-the-water activities, kids are introduced to water safety, boat controls, sail trim, basic sailing maneuvers, basic seamanship, wind direction, sailing a course, and STEM activities. Sailors will sail solo or in pairs depending on size and comfort level.

      Morning: 9AM - NOON OR Afternoon: 1PM - 4PM, Costs: $255/$225 EYC Member or NEW 2 Week AM Session, Cost: $475/$425 EYC Member
      Session 1: June 15 - June 19 AM
      Session 2: June 22 - June 26 AM
      Session 3: June 29 - July 3 PM
      Session 4: July 6 - July 17 AM * NEW 2-Weeks
      Session 5: July 27 - July 31 PM
      * Add another week of summer FUN! - Register for another Opti Seaman or advance to Mate, Boat Buddies (NEW), or BAY Week - Get 5% off

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  • Opti Mate, Intermediate, Ages 8-10 | 40+lbs
    • *Need basic sailing knowledge and experience.
      This half-day class is a continuation of the Opti Seaman course. Sailors will sail solo to build confidence skippering on all points of sail in a variety of wind conditions. Activities include on-water games to refine boat handling skills, longer sails, environmental education and STEM activities. This is also a perfect refresher course to prepare for Opti Skipper.

      Morning: 9AM - NOON OR Afternoon: 1PM - 4PM, Costs: $255/$225 EYC Member OR NEW 2 Week, Costs: $475/$425 EYC Member 
      Session 1: June 15 - June 19 PM
      Session 2: July 6 - July 17 PM *NEW 2 Week
      Session 3: July 27 - July 31 AM
      * Add another week of summer FUN! - Register for another Opti Mate, Boat Buddies (NEW), Bay Cruisers (10+), or BAY Week - Get 5% off

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  • Opti Skipper, Advanced, Ages 8-11 | 40+lbs
    • * Must be proficient at solo skippering and have completed Opti Intermediate.
      This one week, half day class is a continuation of the Opti Mate Course focusing on more advanced skills and into the fun of junior racing. The program offers confident solo skippers the opportunity to learn and develop their racing skills at the junior level. All our Opti Skippers will expand their skills through daily lessons, reviews and more advanced on-the-water drills. Our sailors will end the week with a fun regatta.

      Afternoon: 1:00-4:00PM, Costs: $255/$225 EYC Member Full Day: 9:30AM-3:30PM, Costs: $475/$425 EYC Member
      Session 1: June 22 - June 26 PM
      Session 2: July 20 - July 24 FULL DAY *NEW
      * Add another week of summer FUN! - Register for another Opti Skipper, Sunfish Mate, Bay Cruisers, or BAY STEM Week - Get 5% off

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  • Bay/STEM Week, Ages 8-11
    • * Must have beginner sailing experience.
      A great end to the summer! This one week full day class is an adventure based program which focuses on building fundamental sailing and boating knowledge while exploring the Chesapeake Bay and its ecology, history and culture. Students will explore environmental and STEM activities through field trips on and off the water. Sailors will be able to try our entire fleet of sailboats (+ larger cruising sailboat/weather permitting), paddleboards, kayaks and powerboats for a diverse learning AND fun experience!

      Full Day, One Week: 9:30AM - 3:30PM, Cost: $475/$425 EYC Member
      Session 3 Bay Cruisers (ages 8-10): August 3 - 7  FULL DAY

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  • Boat Buddies, Ages 8-10, all levels
    • (No sailing experience needed)

      A one-week, half day adventure based course for younger children which will introduce fundamental sailing and boating skills. We will explore the Chesapeake Bay and it ecology with lots of opportunity to 'get wet'. Students will engage in environmental and STEM activities both on and off the water. Sailors will mainly sail J22s with instructors, and also utilize paddleboards, kayaks, and powerboats for a diverse learning experience. Lots of on/in-water time!

      One Week, HALF DAY: 9:00AM-12:00PM, $255/$225 EYC Members
      Session 1: June 22 - 26 AM
      Session 2: July 20 - July 24 AM

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