MD - Easton / Newman Field
All participants are expected to follow the rules and standards for conduct.
As a parent of a sailor in the Optimist Class, you will hear a lot of talk about "fleets". In races, Optimist Fleets separate sailors into smaller groups of similar age, skill, and/or maturity. In races, each Optimist displays a colored ribbon at the top of its sail (sprit), according to their fleet (Green, White, Blue, or Red).
Green Fleet was created for beginner or novice racers and typically have their own race course and race committee. The US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) has a Green Fleet Policy, which encourages novices to attend their first regatta and encourages their continued participation in racing. The following must be met to participate in a Green Fleet Regatta:
Once a sailor attains confidence in racing (typically one season), he/she may race in the open division, which contains age-group fleets:
10 years and younger
11 - 12 years old
13 - 15 years old
The White, Blue, and Red fleets race together. Trophies are awarded by fleet and by overall scores (independent of age group).
The Junior Sailing Program Staff would like to make your travel to and from the regatta a little easier. Before you attend any regatta, you should think about the following things.
Be sure to have memberships with CBYRA, US Sailing, and your child's respective class association. Many regattas make this a requirement to race. Some parents write these numbers on the inside of their child's lifejacket!
The program director will generally give directions on how to get to the regatta site and the time it takes to get there, however this information is also generally easy to come by online.
Does it have shallow water, floating docks, a long sail out to the course, beaches, etc.? Is there a large enough unloading area? It pays to be early. There are many regatta sites where it is hard to fit in trailers and boats if you are late. Your child may end up launching last and feeling stressed from rushing out to the course before the racing even begins!
You are responsible for the transportation of your children, their supervision, and their gear at regattas.
However, coaches are available for a separate fee outside of their junior program commitments. See the Parent Code of Conduct for more information.
While the program director will help arrange transportation, it is ultimately your responsibility to transport your child and his/her boat to a regatta, or make other transportation arrangements for your child and his/her boat.
Things to Bring to a Regatta
What to Wear
Every Day Supplies
Please make sure that you mark all clothes, accessories, and supplies with your name in a permanent marker.
We maintain a good inventory of parts/equipment a sailor needs to stay on the water. If we can't help, try the following suppliers:
Annapolis Performance Sailing (www.apsltd.com)
Based in Annapolis, APS is a comprehensive performance sailing store. They sell boats (Optimists, Lasers, C420s), boat parts, hardware, accessories, line and apparel.
Seitech makes launching dollies for all types of small watercraft. Their website features their full line of dollies, trailer racks, storage racks, parts, and accessories.
Sailing is obviously an outdoor sport, and as such is subject to the weather. The program director will have the final say each day about sending students out onto the water. Weather conditions that may prevent students from going out onto the water are:
Over the entire summer, we usually miss only 3 - 4 days, sometimes only 1/2 days out on the water. This is not something over which we have control. Please remember that safety and fun are the key elements of junior sailing. If sailors cannot go out on the water, the program director and instructors will provide sailing and boating-related activities.