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NCS Program Details


Opti Blue (ages 8-12)
November 15, 2019

When the lead Opti Green instructor feels a student has sufficiently achieved the goals of the Opti Green class, the student is invited to participate in our more advanced Optimist Blue class. Opti Blue allows students the opportunity for truly single-handed sailing, and will focus on more advanced sailing and racing techniques (such as starting and stopping, landings, capsizing, upwind strategies, tacking and gibing, etc.) Self-sufficiency will be promoted in the Opti Blue class, although instruction will remain a key component.

Opti Blue is held in Polpis Harbor on Mon, Tues, Wed and Friday afternoons from 1:00 PM-3:30 PM. Thursdays class is at Children's Beach Public Boat ramp on Harbor View Way, (1PM drop-off and 4PM pick-up). On Thursdays, Opti Blue students participate in the All-Island Race Day in Nantucket's main harbor.

If the lead Opti instructor feels that the student has successfully achieved the goals of the Green and Blue classes, he/she will be invited to participate in our Opti Race Program. If the student is not interested in participating in the racing program, they can remain in the Optimist Blue class until they reach the age of 12 years. Upon turning 13 years old, students are invited to participate in the Teen Green class, located at Jetties Beach.

There will be no classes on the day of the Coffin Cup, July 17, 2020. You must register for the Coffin Cup separately. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating. Native Footwear, Keen, Crocs and old sneakers all work well. On the first day of each new session, students will have a basic swim check. While life jackets are provided and required when on the water, each NCS student should be comfortable in and around the water and have basic swimming skills.

Important: Jobson Cup: July 22, 2020. The Great Harbor Yacht Club will host the annual Jobson Cup Beginner Opti and 420 Regatta. All sailors from the NCS 420 and Opti Blue classes (from the whole summer) will be invited to participate.

Blue sailors are asked to participate in Saturday Race Days and the Jobson Cup if it falls within his/her session. Session prices that include a Saturday Race Day of the Jobson Cup reflect the entry fee for these events. Throughout the summer, scores from Thursday Race Days, Saturday Race Days, the Jobson Cup and Nantucket Race Week are accumulated. Awards will be given on the final Thursday of All-Island Sailing.

Please note: It is recommended that Opti Blue sailors have their own wind indicator. These can be purchased through Nantucket Community Sailing at 4 Winter Street.

FAQ: When is a sailor "too big" for an Opti Pram?

NCS Opti coaches recommend that a sailor who is over 115 lbs. and /or 5'2" sail in either Whalers class, if under 12 years of age, or Treen Green, if 12 years of age or older. Private lessons may also be taken. If a sailor is over this size but under 12 years of age, please email the Program Director, Emily Taylor - we're happy to find the right fit for your student.

Opti Private Lesson

NCS is offering private Opti lessons with our Head Opti Race Coach. This is a great way for an Opti Green, Opti Blue or Race sailor to improve skills in a one-on-one learning environment!

Please note: NCS recommends four weeks of Opti Blue programming for students to excel through the curricula.


P.O. Box 2424, Nantucket, MA 02584
NCS Office: 508-228-6600 | Jetties Sailing Center: 508-228-5358
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