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.
Tuesday (after school) 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm (Summer & Winter)
Sunday (morning) 9:00 am to 12:00 noon (Summer)
Sunday (afternoon) 12:30 to 3:30 (Winter)
Sailors generally train in the Green Fleet for one or two 5 week blocks and if feeling competent can advance to Bronze Fleet, which caters to the transitioning sailors. There is no rush to advance; they graduate when ready.
Sailors are invited* to join the Green Fleet after our TrySail course. The sailors need to be a Junior Club Member and enroll in the Training Sessions.
1 Receive an Invitation after participating in a TrySail course
2 Obtain Junior Club Membership
- Club Membership Information and Application Form Select the junior membership category
3 Training Enrolment
Includes a Club Plastic Optimist. Cost is $50 for a 5-week block and you will need to enroll using the link below at the start of each block.
Charter Periods – Summer 2019 – 2020:
|2 Feb to 1 Mar 2020||Book Block|
|8 Mar to 5 April 2020||Book Block|
Summer season – October to April (3-week break over Christmas and New Year)
Winter season – May to September (no sailing in July during winter break)
*no training on the long weekends.
4 Enrol in Team App for updated communication. Details will be forwarded upon registration
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.
To continue please see our Host on Sunday morning.
*The invitation to Green Fleet is based on an assessment made by the coaches and head coach primarily around safety concerns, confidence, and competence on the water. Factors such as listening, behaviour, commitment, coachability, enjoyment, support of family, size and age all play an important role in the enjoyment and success of the sailors and the whole group.