OPTIsailing News You Can Use!
Sailing Information for Optimist sailors and their support network.
May  28, 2011

Who is your coach?

Do you sail in an area where Opti coaching is easy to find?  Most of us do not!

The US National Team consists of the top sailors in the country and provides a unique opportunity for these sailors to get together with the leading coaches to improve their competitive skills and provide focus on their training program on and off the water.  

The US National Team consists of the top US Opti sailors from all around the country!

What many sailors and parents do not know is that the coaches of the USNT spend time every year working with all levels of sailors to help build the class at the ground level and to support their growth as they become competitive in the championship fleets around the country.  

The coaches work together to plan clinics in various regions around the country and focus their efforts on bringing young sailors out of their learn to sail programs and into a "competitive race mindset" in the green fleet and beyond. Many times, these regattas focus on a specific level of sailor but if there is a larger group of sailors, they will increase the number of coaches to provide coverage and support for everyone that wants to improve their sailing on a racecourse.  

These clinics sometimes coincide with a regional regatta or event but many of them are simply scheduled because a club or group of parents just want the opportunity for a "different" perspective on competitive Opti sailing.  The coaches provide exposure for all sailors into the type of training that all young sailors should be focusing on, from land drills, to a fitness program to nutrition and obviously drills on the water to improve your sailing skills and competitive tactics.  

If you are interested in hosting a clinic, many of the top US Optimist coaches are available to come and help your local sailors fall in love with competitive Optimist sailing!  In fact, several of these coaches are currently working to coordinate medium to large groups in areas of the country that do not typically have events like this, and are looking for venues and parent coordinators to help get a few of these planned this summer.  If you are interested in learning more, feel free to call Dave Hein and he will direct you to some of the coaches that are working on these regional clinics.  

Don't assume that your sailor is "not at that level" or is not ready to work with a top level coach. These pros regularly work with sailors that are getting into the boat for their first time and find that the earlier they can help get the basic skills ingrained in your sailors routine, the quicker they will develop into life-long competitive sailors that enjoy every day on the water!  

Dave can be reached at the number below.

The US Opti Sailing Season Is Here!
Great Lakes Championship Regatta in June!
With only a few days to go before the registration deadline hits, the USODA Great Lakes Championship regatta is promising to be a competitive slate of sailors in a venue known for challenging conditions!  As the first Qualifier for the 2012 Team Trials at Brant Beach Yacht Club, Great Lakes will be well attended and has the perfect venue for top level sailors (sailing on open waters) and an excellent green fleet planned inside the bay!

The regatta is being hosted by the Buffalo Canoe Club, which is just across the US/Canadian border (on the Canadian side) and because of this, there will be many sailors from the US National Team and the Canadian team as well!  This is the perfect opportunity to shake out those cobwebs from the long winter and head up to Buffalo for an amazing weekend on and off the water!  Make sure you have your passport and register today at http://www.buffalocanoeclub.com.  

International Regatta Exposure
A Great Way To Preview the 2012 Worlds Venue, in the Dominican!
Most Opti sailors know that the 2012 World Championship regatta will be held in the Dominican Republic in July 2012.  Many will be surprised to learn that the host has coordinated a "preview" event in 2011 to give everyone the opportunity to sail in the same conditions that we will see in the World Championships next year.

The event is well planned and offers an inexpensive way to travel to the Caribbean and compete in this beautiful venue.  Need more reason to come out this July (11 - 17)?  How about this, the organizers have arranged for you to stay at an all-inclusive resort for the entire event for only $250 USD!  So, you get the opportunity to sail at the Worlds venue, stay at an all-inclusive resort and spend a week in July exploring the beautiful Caribbean Sea with friends from around the world.  What could be better?  See the NOR and more contact information at the link below!  Make sure you book by May 30.  
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Junior Olympic Sailing?
Top sailors continually seek ways to improve and compete against new sailors.

The 2011 Junior Olympic Sailing schedule is jam packed with competitive venues all around the USA and offers opportunities to meet new friends, gain new skills at clinics and improve your competition skills.  This years calendar offers many opportunities for you to sail enough to refine your skills and build your sailing resume while having fun on the water with your friends.

Here is a great idea, pull a group of sailors together and plan a campaign at several JO's leading up to a USODA Championship and see how many new friends you can meet while you sail your Opti to victory!



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2012 OPTIsailing Calendar
2012 OPTIsailing calendar is coming!

Even though the 2011 season is just getting underway, we are hard at work producing the 2012 OPTIsailing calendar.  This year the calendar will be packed with images from top regattas around the world this past year.  Making it even better, the calendar will give you a full 15 months of planning with stunning photos from heavy weather sailing by many of your friends!

The calendar remains our impressive 18"wide x 24" high so the photos will inspire you to to grab your gear and get out on the water every chance you get.  To make it more usefull, we have added a section where you can plan your studies and coordinate travel to the biggest events you will attend from October 2011 - December 2012.  The calendars are being produced in a limited quantity and will sell out early!  Pre-order yours today and receive FREE SHIPPING online at http://www.opticalendar.com.  

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