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NCS Program Details


Opti Green (ages 8-12)
November 16, 2019

Students who have progressed through our Whalers class, or who have a skill and interest level sufficient for single-handed sailing, are placed in our Opti Green class. This class, taught in Optimists "Optis" and SailCubes, gives students the opportunity to try sailing either alone or with the company of one other student, but without an instructor.

Opti Green is also open to students who are brand new to sailing. These students may start in a Rhodes 19 with an instructor and other sailors to learn the basics of sailing and build confidence before being placed in the Optimist. The class will often be split into two or more groups that cater to individual students' skill level and progression. The ultimate goal of the Opti Green is for sailors to sail an "Opti" or SailCube single-handedly. Focus is on expanding the concepts of the Whalers Class, introducing the basic concepts of racing and building confidence through both games and basic drills. 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. We ask that students wear appropriate shoes (closed-toe) when participating, Native Footwear, Keen, Crocs and old sneakers all work well.

Opti Green sessions are held at Polpis Harbor Monday - Friday mornings from 9:15 AM-11:45 AM. Smaller Opti Green sessions are also offered Monday-Friday afternoons from 1:00 PM-3:30 PM. There will be no classes on July 17th (Coffin Cup).

FAQ: When is a sailor "too big" for an Opti or 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 Teen Green, if 12 years of age of 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.

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

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!

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