The Optimist, commonly known as the “Opti,” is a popular one-person sailboat. Measuring almost eight feet in length, it is used to learn the basics of sailing in our Opti 1A and 1B classes. Our students progress to further refine their skills in the Opti 2 class. The Opti is not only used for teaching, but is also raced competitively on an international basis by sailors up to the age of 16.
Some of our Opti 2 sailors may have the opportunity to try racing in weekly events with nearby clubs in the Maine Interclub Racing Circuit (MIRC).
The “420,” about 14 feet in length, is a two-person sailboat used in our classes for older sailors. The boat is used by many clubs for both teaching and racing; it is also raced by the majority of high school programs and many college sailing teams. The 420 class introduces students to more advanced aspects of sailing and racing, including the use of the spinnaker and trapeze.
Our students are offered the opportunity to race in weekly regattas with nearby clubs in the Maine Interclub Racing Circuit (MIRC), allowing them to learn and develop their racing skills.