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Registration open for Opti Atlantic Coast Championships

| September 11, 2015, 04:12 PM | 0 Comments

aycOnline registration is open for the 2015 United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs), hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) October 24-25. As a qualifier for the 2016 USODA Team Trials, over 200 boats are expected, making this one of the largest regattas ever hosted in the Annapolis area. Sailors ages eight-fifteen will be competing in single-handed one-design Optimist dinghies (“Optis”) at the mouth of the Severn River. Competitors will be from up and down the East Coast.

A widely recognized international class for junior sailing, Opti racing has a few unique protocols that can be baffling to those who didn’t grow up in the prams or are just getting started.

Opti Racing Primer

• “Red, White, and Blue Fleets” allow sailors to compete against their own age group. o The three fleets start in same start at the same time

o White—10 years old or younger

o Blue—11 or 12 years old

o Red—13 years old and shall not have reached their 16th birthday in the current calendar year

• The “Green Fleet” is a development fleet for the class. o Encourages novices to attend their first regatta

o Encourages continued participation in racing

o No trophies are awarded so that experienced competitors can’t rack up “easy” wins

• Fleet Divisions o No more than 100 boats are encouraged on the starting line

o In regattas with more than 100 entrants, Red, White, and Blue Fleets are broken into mixed divisions which rotate in competition in separate flights for each race

• Trapezoid Race Course o Trapezoid-shaped course with upwind, downwind and reaching legs

o Allows multiple starts on the same course to accommodate divisions

o Sailors from separate starts have reduced impact on each other

o Overlapping finishers is minimized

Optimist Quick Facts

• Designed in 1947 to offer a low-costs sailing option for young people

• Length Overall (LOA) is 7’9”

• Sprit-rigged pram originally constructed from three sheets of plywood

• Became a strict one-design class in 1995

• One of only two boats approved by the International Sailing Federation exclusively for sailors under 16

• Over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class, International Optimist Dinghy Association

• Sailed in over 120 countries

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