2021 registration will be posted in May.
Interested in taking the first step to become a racer?
The Opti Green Fleet is the best place for kids ages 8-13 to start racing. Using Seattle Yacht Club boats, sailors learn the basics of racing, advanced rigging, and boat handling. Please note this is not learn to sail or intended to be evening child care. If your child wants to learn to sail, please register them Sailing School.
2021 Practice Schedule
Launch from Seattle Yacht Club dock
Practice is 5:00-7:30 pm on Mondays or Wednesdays (TBD) mid-June through August
Series of fun, half-day Saturday regattas at locations on Portage Bay and Lake Washington
2021 dates and locations TBD
The Green Fleet Coach will be present at the following local regattas
(Registrants are responsible for regatta registration fees)
August 28-29, 2021 NW Junior Olympics at Shilshole Bay
September 11-12, 2021 JAM regatta at Port Madison
$325 per sailor
Includes practices, Opti charters, and Milfoil Dodger events, coaching
(does not include registration fees for JAM regatta or the Junior Olympics)
What is Opti Green Fleet?
The Opti Green Fleet at Seattle Yacht Club is an introductory racing program. Sailors will learn the basics of racing sailboats, advanced rigging, and boat handling techniques. Practices are held Monday or Wednesday evenings (to be determined) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Yacht Club.
Green Fleet is a special fleet for beginners. The purpose of the Green Fleet is to encourage novice sailors. Participation Awards are provided to all skippers sailing in Green Fleet events. By not crowning a champion, sailors and their parents are encouraged to move to the appropriate age fleet as they become more confident in their abilities.
What is the cost and what is included?
The cost of Green Fleet in 2021 is $325. The program includes coaching and boat charters for all practices, four Milfoil Dodgers, and two local regattas. COVID-19 Update: partial reimbursements will be issued if practices or Milfoil Dodgers are cancelled by Seattle Yacht Club.
What are Milfoil Dodgers?
Milfoil Dodger events are a series of fun, half-day, novice regattas at various venues around Lake Washington. These events will take place on Saturdays in July and early August. Each event is casual, fun-filled, and coaching is encouraged. All Milfoil Dodgers events are free for participants, and they include participation awards and lunch. The name "Milfoil Dodger" comes from sailors avoiding the widespread milfoil (an invasive aquatic plant) in Seattle's lakes. Specific information about each Milfoil Dodger event will be sent to Green Fleet participants prior to each event.
What are The Local Regattas?
The two local regattas are held at the end of summer. A separate Opti Green Fleet course will be available at each event. Sailors may also be ready to participate in the "regular" Opti fleet races. These regattas each have a nominal regatta fee, which generally includes 2- 3 meals, participation awards, and a T-Shirt. Specific information about each regatta will be sent to Green Fleet participants prior to each regatta.
Are there Prerequisites?
Students should have experience sailing the Opti, and be comfortable demonstrating basic sailing maneuvers, such as steering, tacking/gybing, and leaving from/returning to the dock. Those who are lacking sailing experience should take the Overboard Opti class in our Summer Sailing School Program
What COVID Safety Precautions are you taking?
In 2021, we intend to run Green Fleet practices and attend all hosted events expecting that many COVID safety requirements may still be in place including physical distancing, mask wearing, and limited group sizes. You may view our 2020 COVID Safety Plan
, keeping in mind it will continue to evolve for the 2021 program as Washington State guidance changes often. Fortunately, we are well set up for running another COVID-safety-compliant program as sailing inherently takes place outdoors and on the water, and our facility allows adequate physical spacing.
We also encourage participants to sign up for the SYC Summer Sailing School Learn-to-Race Camp. This is a one-week immersion in sailing and introductory racing. It is a great supplement to the Opti Green Fleet program. Click here
for more info on the Learn-to-Race Camp and other Summer Sailing School programs.