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Sailor's Handbook


    • Properly fitting USCG approved lifejacket

    • Whistle attached to lifejacket

    • Water

    • Towel

    • Shorts and shirt are required for sailing (you may wear a bathing suit underneath in case we have a chance to swim)

    • Non-skid closed toed shoes, no black soles. No flip flops.

    • For safety's sake, no cell phones are allowed in class, both off and on the water.  If it is necessary to bring a cell phone, we will lock them up in the Program Director's office at the beginning of class and return them at the end.

    • High SPF sunscreen, sunglasses and/or hat


  • SWIM TEST *All sailors must pass a swim test on the first day of class, so make sure to bring a swimsuit, towel and change of clothes!

    • Requirements:

      • tread water for two minutes without a life jacket

      • swim 200 ft. unassisted in lifejacket and sailing clothes



  1. Have Fun! Just get out there and do it!! (Jr. Commodore Cup on Wednesday afternoons is a great way to learn racing.)

  2. Regattas are the parents’ responsibility: transportation, care, food, equipment, etc.

  3. An instructor/Coach may attend if enough HPYC kids sign up. Coach will help unload boats at Regatta site and load boats at HPYC (at specified time).

  4. Coach (if attending) will be on water, but not coaching after first gun (Green Fleet may allow coaching from the back).

  5. Not all clubs provide spectator boats so make your own preparations. Ask about getting on a boat as soon as you get there as they fill up.

  6. Optis are just under 7’ in length, approximately 70 pounds and fit in most vans with seat backs down.


  1. Spray Jacket. Sailing gloves. Life jacket.

  2. Bug Spray.

  3. A dry change of clothes.

  4. Towel.

  5. Sun block, hat, sunglasses.

  6. Money just in case (about $40). Possible expenses: Regatta fee, lunch, Regatta T-shirt, replacement equipment.

  7. Water bottle and snacks (lunch if not provided).

  8. Small paddle.

  9. Safety whistle tied to life jacket (DQ’d if found without one)



  1. Duct tape. ripstop tape

  2. Extra sail ties for boom or mast (tie and store them on the flotation tank straps)

  3. Extra wind indicator (to attach sails)

  4. Large clear Ziploc bag for sailing instructions

  5. Screwdriver, pliers, shackles




  1. Must know sail number for registration.

  2. USODA (US Optimist Association) Membership number sometimes required for certain regattas, as are social security number and blood type.

  3. Sailing Class: Green Fleet for beginners, White Fleet for 9-10 year old – slightly experienced, Blue Fleet for 11-12 year old experienced sailors, Red Fleet for 13-14 year old experienced (ask your Instructor where you fit).

Have a question?


Reach out to a member of Jr. Sailing staff via the Jr. Sailing Inquiry Form.

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