Beginning April 10
420 Race is meant for sailors who have a desire to race on the regional and national level, sailors push each other to compete on a high level. There is a strong emphasis on independence. Each program day starts at 11 am ready and rigged and ends at 4 pm. Sailors in this class are encouraged to own their own boats. Charter boats are available at $25.00 per person per day.
Skills Taught: Advanced starting techniques and racing tactics; Understanding starting and stopping a boat; Covering and wind-shadows; Advanced understanding of racing rules; Team racing
Signing up with a partner is highly encouraged if you need a partner please email Kieran@pleon.org
Opti Race is for anyone interested in competing on a regional and national level. Sailors in this class prepare to compete in regattas throughout New England and Nationally. Sailors focus much of their time on fine-tuning race-specific techniques. The sailors are taught to work together in order to achieve their collective and individual goals. Each program day start at 11 am ready and rigged and ends at 4 pm. Sailors in this class are encouraged to own their own boats. Charter boats are available for $25.00 per day.
Skills Taught: understanding starting techniques and reading the racecourse; Controlling boat speed and fine-tuning boat handling; Regatta preparation; Understanding racing rules.
Planned to begin April 24
Meant for sailors who have a desire to spend time both racing and improving their overall sailing ability. It is geared toward sailors who have prior experience sailing in the 420s. Sailors will be introduced to advanced boat-handling maneuvers, race-specific rigging concepts, strategy, and tactics, as well as overall sailing skills. While racing will be an important component of the curriculum, there is not an expectation that sailors compete in national/regional events. Furthermore, sailors will spend some classes exploring non-racing aspects of sailing.
Skills Taught: Communication with a sailing partner; Moderate and advanced 420 boat-handling and sail trim; Introduction to racing concepts and racing rules; Broader sailing skills. Each program day starts at 11 am ready and rigged and ends at 4 pm. The parent gate/no-go zone is also in effect during the Fall.
Sailors in this class are encouraged to own their own boat.
Opti Intermediate is for sailors who have successfully completed the Opti 2,3 class, or equivalent. Opti Intermediate will be the first introduction to racing for most sailors. Sailors will continue to improve their sailing skills through more advanced boat handling techniques and simple tactical planning and decision making while they learn basic racing skills through drills and practice racing.
Skills Taught: Proper sail trim and body positioning to maintain control at all points of sail (upwind, downwind, reaching); Tack and gybe from/to any point of sail in control; Sailing in crowded situations; Sailing around a triangular course; Understanding basic racecourses, starting sequence, and basic racing nomenclature.
Sailors are encouraged to have their own boat, charter boats are available for $25.00 a day.