Training & Squads
Sailing in your local Optimist flotilla should be the focal point for every Optimist sailor. You will find details of all the Optimist flotillas on this site and there you will be get training and racing. As you get more racing experience, going to open meetings in your area can be a wonderful experience. There is also open Regional training run throughout the year including the winter months.
At the end of the summer it is time to consider whether to apply for an RYA Zone Squad place in your region. You normally have to compete in a specified open meeting in your area in September as well as the RYA Zone Championship, also in your area. Check out all the details on the RYA website.
For more experienced racers, the Optimist class in the UK runs three winter training squads in conjunction with the RYA for over 70 sailors. To be considered for these squads you will normally need to attend at least two of three of the Inland Championships in May, Late Summer Championships in September and the End of Seasons Championships in October in the main class. The class agrees a selection policy for these Winter Squads with our independent selectors and publishes this. The selectors then offer squad places based on this policy.