Sailing on Lake Michigan

FAQs

  • 1. What experience does my child need to participate in the sailing program?
    • A: Friday Practices are for Green Fleet sailors and will focus on basic boathandling and race tactics and rules. Wednesday and Sunday practice will be for more advanced sailors. These sailors need to have sailed in the advanced CYC Opti program over the summer or equivelant race experience at another club. 

  • 2. Do I need to own my own boat?
    • A: Sailors are encouraged to own their own Opti. Limited charters available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

  • 3. What days do sailors practice?
    • A: We will be holding Opti Advance practices this spring on Wednesday afternoons from 4-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-4pm. Opti Green will be practicing on Fridays from 4-7p and Saturdays. Please see the spring calendar for the exact practice schedule.

  • 4. How do sailors get to practice?
    • A: Parents give rides to sailors to and from practice. We recommend organizing a carpool if possible. 

  • 5. Do the sailors need to go to every practice?
    • A: If sailors register for the fall season, they are expected to attend practice. While there is no attendance policy, the more the sailors put into the season, the more they will get out of it and improve to become a better sailor.

  • 6. What do I do if my sailor is unable to come to practice?
    • A: Please email or text the coach in advance, as it is helpful to know who will be at practice each day.

  • 7. What if practice is cancelled? How will I know?
    • A: The Head Opti Coach will email parents in advance to notify them that practice is cancelled.

  • 8. Does my sailor need to go to all regattas?
    • A: No, it is not necessary to go to all regattas. However, if Opti sailors want to improve, the more racing experience they have, the better sailors they will be. When the number of sailors able to participate in a regatta is limited, priority will be given to sailors who have regularly attended practice.

  • 9. Where do the sailors stay at regattas?
    • A: Opti sailors will stay at a pre-arranged hotel near the venue.

  • 10. Do chaperones go to regattas?
    • A: Yes, there will be a designated chaperone for the regatta to supervise and help with transportation. Chaperone positions are volunteer based.

  • 11. Do sailors travel for regattas?
    • A: Regattas can be both local and out-of-town. Out-of-town regattas may not be driving distance.

  • 12. How do sailors get to regattas?
    • A: It depends on where the regatta is. If it is local, sailors will be asked to find their own transportation to and from the regatta. For out-of-town regattas, chaperones will drive sailors to the regattas.

  • 13. What time do the sailors leave for regattas?
    • A: If the regatta is local, sailors may leave early the morning-of. If the regatta is out of town, sailors may leave Friday after school and return after racing is completed.

  • 14. Will my sailor ever need to miss school for a regatta?
    • A: No, Opti regattas are on weekends or over holidays, so your sailor will not miss school.

  • 15. Is there a cost for regattas?
    • A: Each regatta has an entry fee that sailors are responsible for covering. There may also be an additional cost for regattas instituted by the club to cover gas, food, and other expenses. 

  • 16. What gear does my sailor need?
    • A: A Type III Coast Guard Approved lifejacket (required), spray gear (top and bottom), close-toed booties, warm layers (such as long underwear; ex. Under Armour), a towel and dry clothes to change into after practice, water bottle, and sunscreen. We also recommend sailing gloves to prevent blisters and a wet suit if your sailor gets cold easily. Please note that sailors should not wear anything made from cotton, as this material does not dry quickly nor does it provide warmth when wet.

  • 17. What is the cost to join the team?
    • A: Please see the www.chicagoyachtclub.org/opti for this seasons pricing. This fee covers coaching and boat maintenance. All costs are subject to change.