Opti Development Team

Opti Development Team - 2017

Junior Sailing.jpg The Opti Development Team ("ODT") is for beginning and novice racers who want to learn more about racing techniques. The team has capacity for 20 sailors, ages 7 to 15, who will sail Optimists. The team will meet on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for practice at the club or to attend area regattas. Practices are generally half-day. Sailors will travel with their coaches and parents to regattas, and parents are responsible for transporting the Optis and coach boats. Most regattas are in the southern bay. Because of the age differences of the team members, practices may be divided into two groups. The coaches will support the sailors during regattas.

Attendence at practices and regattas is not manditory. While ODT is a competitive race team, it is our goal that the sailors have a fun, safe, friendly, and age-appropriate environment to reach their full potential. Sailors typically spend 2 or more seasons on ODT before moving to the Opti Race Team. The program runs from June 24 to August 14.

Paul Almany, father of 2014 ODT member Joshua Almany, put together the video below capturing the ODT experience. Please enjoy!


All registrants must have prior approval of the Race Team Director and Junior Division Commander, Doug Bendura (Doug.Bendura@gmail.com). Prerequisite: participants are required to have completed Beginner and at least one Intermediate Opti Class during Junior Week, or the equivalent sailing experience. Racing experience is not required.

To register, please follow the Registration Table link on the navigation bar on the left.

Opti Development Team Schedule  
June 23 - August 13
Practice Thursday - Sunday
Regatta Schedule TBD by ODT Coordinator, Coach, and Parents
Opti Development Team Management  
ODT Coordinator  
ODT  Coaches TBA
Online Registration Deadline - May 15


Fishing Bay Yacht Club
Office Mail: Fishing Bay Yacht Club, 2711 Buford Road #309, Bon Air, 23235,
Clubhouse Address: 1525 Fishing Bay Road, Deltaville, VA 23043 (no mail delivery)

Phone Numbers: Club House 804-776-9636

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