The Optimist Green Fleet is a twice a week club training program following on from the TrySail program. The consistent weekly training is designed to up-skill the juniors with their friends so they can progress together. They are trained in the club owned Ozi Optis by Australian Sailing qualified instructors.
Sailors generally train in the Green Fleet for one or two 5 week blocks and when competent can advance to the Bronze Fleet, which caters to the transitioning sailors.
There is no rush to advance and no pressure; they graduate when ready. Our aim is to teach amazing skills whilst having fun.
Sailors are invited* to join the Green Fleet after our Try Sail course. The sailors need to be a Junior Club Member and enrol in the Training Sessions.
A life-jacket, boat, and coach are included. We have limited placements in the program so that each child can be provided a high level of support. We focus on the basics, posture and control as foundations to build confidence and pride.
Sailors progress at their own pace; some will take 5 or 10 weeks to graduate and some will take longer. Once a basic level of confidence is acquired your child will join the transition group to build confidence. Your sailor will continue to enjoy the use of the club owned Optimist Trainer but will need to acquire their own Optimist to continue beyond Bronze Fleet – this boat will be needed ideally for several seasons.
Embracing sailing and building confidence is about routine. SoPYC operates rain or shine, windy or still, and if the weather is foul there will be theory sessions, onshore training, and games. Sailing should be liberating, empowering & fulfilling, there will be personal challenges, sailors who persist enjoy the journey and become passionate about their sport.