Race Team Development

Optis (Light Green)

2023 Light Green Information


Registration opens Monday, August 7th at 10:30am
Register: click here


Prerequisite: Opti 1
Days: Saturday and Sunday (You can choose one or both days)
Coaches: Bianca and Annesley
Times: 9:00am-2:00pm
SFYC Member (both Saturdays and Sundays) = $1020
SFYC Member (one weekend day) = $560
Non Member (both Saturdays and Sundays) = $1425
Non Member (one weekend day) = $770

Class description: Light Green is our introduction to sailboat racing and prepares sailors for racing year round in our Green Fleet. Sailors will be learning about starts, rules, penalties, and advancing their boat handling and rigging skills.

Things to bring: Lunch, wetsuit, lifejacket, bathing suit, towel, dry change of clothes, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, watch (with a countdown feature, Timex ironman watches are ideal)

Session1: August 26, 27, September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16-17 (Pacific Coast Champs)
Session 2: September 16-17 (Pacific Coast Champs) 30, October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22

Pacific Coast Championships:
SFYC is hosting a regatta September 16-17 here in the Cove. Light Green students will get to compete in their first ever regatta and put their skills to the test. The regatta will require a yearly membership to the governing body for the sport, USODA, which you can register online here: https://usoda.org/membership.
You will also be required to register your sailor for the regatta in order for them to compete. Here's the link to the regatta page to register and get more information: https://usoda.org/regatta/BXscIsWvRb.

2022 Light Green Information:
Fall/Spring Optimist Light Green Program

The SFYC Light Green program is intended for those who have Optimist sailing experience, are comfortable sailing the boat solo, and want to continue learning the intricacies of Optimist sailing and how to race. Sailors should be between 7-12 years old, under 85 lbs., and less than 5' feet tall. Participation in the Light Green program is at the sole discretion of the Youth Sailing Director. The goal of our Light Green program is to develop and foster a love for racing on the Bay. Light Green is not a learn-to-sail program. Learn to sail programs are offered during the Summer only.

The group will focus on becoming well-rounded skippers, developing the essential skills necessary to advance into our Green Fleet Race program. The program is designed to have regular practice attendance, focused preparation, and drill-style practices. Each sailor will be taught general rigging, boat balance, sail trim, elementary racing rules and basic race strategy. There will be a regatta at the last day of the session.

As a participant in our Light Green program, you are NOT required to own your own equipment (boat, sail, rig). Each sailor will use SFYC club equipment during the program. However, all participants are required to have adequate gear to wear on the water, including a US Coast Guard approved lifejacket.

  • PREREQUISITE: Sailors must have previous Optimist sailing experience, i.e. Summer Optimist 1, 2, or 3
  • DAYS: Saturday and Sunday
  • TIMES: 9am-2:30pm
What To Bring/What To Wear
  1. US Coast Guard approved PFD (lifejacket)
  2. Sailing booties or closed-toed shoes (soft-soled and able to get wet)
  3. Water bottle
  4. Non-cotton moisture-wicking clothing
  5. Hat
  6. Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  7. Watch
  8. Towel
  9. Complete change of clothes
  10. Fleece garments, wetsuits, and foul weather gear (spray top and spray pants)*

*required for cool weather, rain and wind protection.

Gear Resources

It is a good idea to have a bag to keep all of your belongings together.