Learn to Sail/Intro to Opti Sailing

Learn to Sail/Intro to Opti Sailing

  • For beginners ages 8 – 14 with no sailing experience or some summer camp experience
  • Boats and sails provided
  • No tryouts, everyone welcome!

Season Dates:

  • Fall 2021: August 24 – December 4th
  • Winter/Spring Dates: January 4th – April 24th

Practice Schedule:

  • Sundays from 10 am to Noon
  • Tuesdays from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

What to Expect:

  • The program will teach sailors the basics of boat handling and seamanship; how to sail upwind and downwind, round marks and sail a basic racecourse; launch and return unassisted to and from the beach, and how to self-right a capsized Opti.
  • Commitment to the practice schedule.
  • Limited to the first 10 registrants

What to Bring to Practice:

  • US Coast Guard-approved life jacket
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Tight-fitting gloves and water shoes
  • Long sleeve sun shirts, bathing suit
  • Hats, sunglasses, buffs, sunblock
  • Light rain jacket if inclement weather forecasted

Regatta Participation:

For those sailors that complete one full season, they may be ready to compete in an end-of-season regatta either at the Upper Keys Sailing Club or at an away venue.  More information about regatta participation will come during the season.


  • $475 per child per season
  • Payable via Zelle, Venmo, Paypal or personal check
  • Session fee is the same for sailors attending one or multiple practices per week
  • Refunds during academic year programs are not allowed

Register your child:

Complete Payment:

    • Zelle: add “rosa@msysp.org” as a recipient
    • Venmo: find us at “@msyspkids” or “Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing”
    • Paypal: Pay or Donate to MSYSP
    • If paying by check, please make payable to MSYSP.