Update posted 6/29/2020:
Program is currently full. When group size restrictions ease, we will allow more sailors in. You can register your sailor for the waitlist now.
In compliance with Phase 2 of reopening, we are running small, 5 participant Green Fleet practices on Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:00 - 7:30 pm. Strict physical distancing, mask requirements, and cleaning measures are in place. Milfoil Dodgers are currently postponed and may be cancelled. Please remember the purpose of this program is to introduce young sailors to racing, and it is not a learn to sail program. Thank you for your understanding.
We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy!
Green Fleet Waitlist Registration 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 not 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.
Practice schedule 2020
Launch from Seattle Yacht Club dock
Practice is 5:00-7:30 pm
June 18, 25
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
Milfoil Dodgers - postponed indefinitely, possibly cancelled
Series of fun, half-day regattas at locations on Portage Bay and Lake Washington
2020 dates and locations TBD
The Green Fleet Coach will be present at the following local regattas
(Registrants are responsible for regatta registration fees)
August 22-23, 2020 JAM regatta at Port Madison
August 29-30, 2020 NW Junior Olympics at Shilshole Bay
$325 per sailor
Includes Thursday 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 Thursday evenings 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 In The SYC Opti Green Fleet Program?
The cost of Green Fleet in 2020 is $325. The program includes coaching and boat charters for nine 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 Dodgers are a series of fun, half-day, novice regattas at central locations in Seattle. Beginning in July, four Milfoil Dodgers take place throughout the Seattle area to introduce novice racers to racing and the format of regattas. 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. Please see the flyer below for the dates and locations. Specific information about each Milfoil Dodger event will be sent to Green Fleet participants prior to each event.
What Are The Local Regattas?
The three 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.
What Is The Prerequisite?
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
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.