There will be a Spring Opti Parent Meeting for both RWB & Green Fleets on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00pm in the Jr. Building. This meeting provide information for interested racers looking to participate in our spring and summer programs including practices, regattas, and the Summer program. Click Here for Spring Parents Meeting Flyer
Red, White, & Blue Racing Team Practice Times:
Wednesday 4:00pm-6:30pm, Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am-4:00pm
Starts-March 25th Ends-May 17th *Excludes 4/15, 4/16, 4/19, & 5/10
Green Fleet Practice Times:
Mondays 4:00pm-6:30pm, Sundays 10:00am-4:00pm
Starts-March 12th Ends- May 15th *Excludes 4/16, 4/17, 5/7, & 5/8
Click Here for the Spring Schedule Information
Preseason Beginner & Intermediate Course
AYC will be hosting a preseason Beginner & Intermediate Optimist Course before the Summer. A one-weekend course is being offered by AYC this spring for sailors who have previously participated in Beginner or Intermediate Optimist Course or are seeking to participate in the Beginner or Intermediate Optimist Course for the summer. Although it is not a prerequisite for another summer course offering at AYC, this course is designed to refresh and familiarize young sailors with the Optimist dinghy further and to help them continue to learn the mechanics of sailing.
Click Here for the Beginner Course Flyer & Register Here for the Course
Click Here for the Intermediate Course Flyer & Register Here for the Course
Our New, Expanded Program
A year-round program with a full-time, dedicated coach allows AYC to help with the critical transition of sailors as they progress through different levels of sailing and racing to become true athletes of the sport. Expanding off of our summer program, AYC hosts practices in the Fall and Spring, and sends teams and coaches to all major regattas. In addition to allowing for more time on the water Fall and Spring programs also allows for sailors to practice in wider array of conditions than we typically see in the summer, as well as retain and continue to develop skills they have worked on throughout the year. Additionally, athletes get a lot of focused time training on the water for larger regattas and events. Finally, athletes have the option of traveling with AYC to high level events in more southern states over the course of the winter, as well. This way, our young sailors are able to retain their skills and knowledge in a true, year-round fashion.
Instruction from Beginner Sailors to Advanced Athletes
The AYC Optimist program is designed to provide a continuum of training to allow participants to develop through our Learn-To-Sail (LTS) program, including the Creek Critter and Sea Squirt courses for 5-8 year-old's, and the Beginner and Intermediate Optimist courses for those seeking to progress their skills in the Optimist class. From there, our Optimist program moves sailors up towards the learn-to-race Green Fleet, where first year racers learn the skills necessary to participate on a race course and begin competition at local regattas and events. Finally, young sailors develop their skills necessary to become athletes on the Red, White, and Blue (RWB) Racing Team. With both local and travel events at this level, athletes see progression towards levels attained only by the best athletes in the sport. Along the way, the program is designed to promote sportsmanship and fair sailing, ensuring that sailors are enjoying their time on the water and challenging each sailor to progress as far as their drive and ability can take them.
The team typically participates in several events each season including, but not limited to, the USODA National Championships, USODA New England Championships, CORK Intrenational Optimist Regatta, and New Jersey State Championships over the Summer; USODA Southeast Championships, AYC's Halloween Howl, USODA Atlantic Coast Championships, and USODA Midwinters in the Fall; Orange Bowl Intrenational Youth Regatta, Boomerang Regatta, USODA Valentine’s Day, USODA Sunshine State Championships, and USODA Gulf Coast Championships in the winter. All of these events help to gear up our young athletes towards performing well at the US National Team Trials held each Spring. Travel regatta signups for RWB Team are located on the Junior Fleet - Calendar page of our website. Just click on event in order to sign your sailor up to sail the event with AYC Race Team. Signups for regattas must be completed at least 28 days prior to the start of an event in order to secure a spot. Any additions or cancellations after this time are not guaranteed and can result in athletes being charged for the regatta fees for which they signed up.