Our Opti program uses the Blue Dragon Pram designed for ages 6-10 & up to 100lbs. We offer several levels of learn to sail including:

  • Opti Tots, Novice, Ages 6-8
    • *No experience needed.
      This class is geared for young children comfortable on the water. This introductory class emphasizes FUN while teaching basic terminology, seamanship, boat handling, and safety. Activities include sailing, paddling, crafts, and games. Parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to participate. This class is in the evenings or NEW this year... half day AM.

      Evenings: 5:30 - 7:30PM OR Half Day AM: 9AM-NOON, Cost: $245/$210 EYC Member
      Session 1: Monday, June 25 - July 30 (Wait List Available Only)
      Session 2: Thursday, June 28 - Aug 2
      Session 3: Mon-Friday, July 2-6 *No July 4th - Prorated

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  • Opti Seaman, Beginner, Ages 7-9
    • *No experience required.
      This one week, half-day class introduces basic seamanship, including rigging, and steering. Through innovative and fun on-the-water activities, kids are introduced to water safety, boat controls, 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: $245/$210 EYC Member
      Session 1: June 18 - June 22 AM
      Session 2: June 25 - June 29 AM
      Session 3: July 2 - July 6 PM (*No class July 4) - Prorated
      Session 4: July 9 - July 13 AM
      Session 5: July 16 - July 20 AM
      Session 6: July 30 - Aug 3 PM

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  • Opti Mate, Intermediate, Ages 8-10 | 40+lbs
    • *Need basic sailing knowledge and experience.
      This one week, 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, and STEM activities.

      Morning: 9AM - NOON OR Afternoon: 1PM - 4PM, Costs: $245/$210 EYC Member
      Session 1: June 18 - June 22 PM
      Session 2: July 9 - July 13 PM
      Session 3: July 16 - July 20 PM
      Session 4: July 23 - July 27 AM
      Session 5: July 30 - Aug 3 AM
      * Add another week of summer FUN! - Register for Opti Mate, Bay Cruisers, or BAY STEM Week - Get 10% off

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  • Opti Skipper, Advanced, Ages 8-11 | 40+lbs
    • * Must be proficient at skippering.
      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 and reviews of on-the-water drills. Our sailors will end the week with a fun regatta.

      Afternoon: 1:00-4:00PM, Costs: $245/$210 EYC Member
      Session 1: June 25 - June 29 PM
      Session 2: July 23 - July 27 PM
      * Add another week of summer FUN! - Register for Opti Skipper, Bay Cruisers, or BAY STEM Week - Get 10% off

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  • Bay/STEM Week, Ages 8-11
    • * Must have beginner sailing experience.
      This one week full day class is an adventure based program using dinghy sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and powerboating to explore the Chesapeake Bay, its ecology, history and culture. In addition to boating, students will explore environmental and STEM activities through the Maritime Museum, Living Oceans Foundation, and a variety of other local maritime industry visits including a local sail loft and boat yard. A trip on a larger cruising sailboat is also included.

      All Day, One Week: 9:00AM - 3:00PM, Cost: $435/$395 EYC Member

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