Welcome to Opti Single

About Opti Single:
Opti Single is an alternative first step in the Buffalo Canoe Club Junior Sailing Program. The curriculum is slightly more advanced than the Wet Feet program and children in the Opti Single program sail solo.

Please note that while some children in our Day Camp Program will be introduced to Wet Feet sailing, it is not a replacement for this class sequence. Children should plan to participate in the Opti Single program for a minimum of  3-4 weeks. Students progression through the program will be determined by the instructors. 

Opti Single Curriculum:
Opti Single is a slightly more advanced version of Wet Feet, with one big difference. Children do not have other crew in the Opti with them, there is 1 child per boat. Young children are introduced to sailing in a fun and safe way using the Vanguard Prams. Games and activities are incorporated to keep learning enjoyable. After learning how to rig the boat, junior sailors move into shallow water and learn how to steer a boat, pull in the sail and determine where the wind is coming from. Children in Opti Single will sail solo. Instructors are nearby, either standing in the shallow water or in their coach boats, providing safety while giving the children a sense of independence and developing their self-reliance. Over time, basic race courses and boat handling skills will be introduced while keeping the focus on fun. Sailors will follow the CANSail Wet Feet curriculum. 

Monday through Friday
9:00 am until 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Limited Saturday classes are available from 9:30 am until 11:30 am

Class meets under the tent on the side lawn, adjacent to the playground.

$249 per week full-day sessions Member | $299 Non-Member
$215 per week half-day sessions Member | $258 Non-Member

Please Note:
Prices are in Canadian Funds and include taxes.
A Member may take a Non-Member's spot up until 2 weeks prior to the start of the class. A full refund will be given to the Non-Member.
There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather (on-shore instruction will still take place).

Program Dates:
Week 1:  June 24th - June 28th AM
Week 1:  June 24th - June 28th PM
Week 2:  July 1st - July 5th AM
Week 2:  July 1st - July 5th PM
Week 3:  July 8th - July 12th AM
Week 3:  July 8th - July 12th PM            
Week 4: July 15th - July 19th AM
Week 4: July 15th to July 19th PM   
Week 5: July 22nd - July 26th AM
Week 5: July 22nd - July 26th PM         
Week 6:  July 29th - August 2nd AM
Week 6:  July 29th - August 2nd PM           
Week 7:  August 5th - August 9th AM
Week 7:  August 5th - August 9th PM               
Week 8:  August 12th - August 16th AM
Week 8:  August 12th - August 16th PM      

 What to Bring:

  • Life jacket
  • Sunscreen​
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Sandals/water shoes
  • Towel
  • Spare change of clothes
  • Lunch (if enrolled in day camp as well)
  • Water bottle
  • Rain jacket/pant depending on weather
  • Sailing gloves (optional)
Monday Night Opti Racing:
Introduction to Racing Lesson 5-7 pm
Lessons will include:
  • Start sequences
  • Starting with a timer
  • Fundamental boat handling skills
  • What a race course looks like
  • Basic racing tactics
  • Practice races
  • Rigging and de-rigging assistance
  • Understanding procedures and rules
  • Safe Sportsmanlike sailing
  • Having fun!
What to bring:
  • Sailing gear for rain or shine lessons and races
  • A watch with a timer for start sequences
  • Dry clothes for after sailing
  • Your personal Opti (club boats are available for use upon request)

Wednesday Racing - Opti, O'Pen BIC, 420

Wednesday night races is an adjunct program designed for our junior sailors to give them racing experience while still working in a familiar environment. It is open to sailors from our Wet Feet to our 420 Varsity team. To participate, check with your sailing instructor if you have questions as to whether or not your child is ready for racing. Sailors should arrive at the BCC no later than 5:30 pm to rig their boats and head onto the water. Sailing generally concludes between 7:00 pm-7:30 pm. Scoring for the races works in three week blocks; awards are given at the Junior Activities Banquet at the end of the summer for each category of boats. After racing, there is a parent sponsored potluck under the tent on the side lawn. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share; it is a great way to know other families in the program. Questions? Please contact John Marynowski, who is heading up the Wednesday night races in 2019.