For experienced Opti sailors who love the thrill of competition, we offer the MHYC Opti Race Team. The purpose is to introduce younger sailors to racing and regattas, to build confidence in their seamanship, but most importantly have fun! Opti Race Team sailors are coached competitively and compete throughout the summer in Ohio as well as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. The more advanced racers use club- or privately-owned Optis in many local and national events. Our top sailors travel to regional and national events sponsored by USODA and US Sailing, where the level of sailing is very competitive. Practices will begin during May on weekends. Members of the team can participate in the Junior Olympics at MHYC on June 9-11 (for an additional cost), and merge into full-time camp hours from June 13-July 14, with more practices offered after through the ninth Travelers Series regatta on August 12. Full-time practice and camp is also available to team members July 23-28. Please note parental supervision is required during the regattas, and participation in regattas is optional.
During camp hours, the Opti Race Team will have a focused daily practice session for 2-4 hours, and then move into the adventurous camp activities including swimming, beach-going, powerboating, tubing, kayaking, paddleboarding and more. They will also be introduced to the next boats, the c420 and Laser, as well as big-boat sailing on the camp's Tartan Ten. Again, our focus is on having fun!
Please note: No camp on July 3, 4, or the week of July 17
Our instructors are certified in Red Cross, CPR and have at least a Level One instructor or Level Two Instructor Level Three Coaching certification from US Sailing. They are all chosen for their teaching, personal and sailing skills and our coaches are typically experienced collegiate sailors. A high instructor-to-camper ratio ensures that each participant gets close supervision. Many of our coaches and instructors grew up in our camp, ensuring we carry on our longstanding traditions.
We base our instruction on a combination of Red Cross and US Sailing training and education programs. The safe operation of small sailboats, small powerboats as well other watercraft is stressed. The campers learn basic seamanship, navigation, rules of the road, weather and many other essential topics. US Sailing's curriculum includes STEM concepts such as understanding wind, small machines, the physics of sailing, water quality and more.
MHYC has one of the finest boating facilities on the Great Lakes. We have a fleet of more than 35 boats ranging in design from single-person Optimist dinghies to Club Flying Juniors, Laser Radials, Club 420, and various other powerboats as well. Safety is our top priority, while “Fun” is a close second. Campers are supervised on the water at all times by instructors in support boats. We have the use of various areas of the clubhouse for holding classes, crafts, and as a place to go when it rains. Recreational swimming and lessons take place in our swimming pool, one of MHYC's great assets.
Note that for children UNDER the age of 13, there will be supervised child care in the Teen Room, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. All parents must check in with the instructor on duty each day so that we know who is on the Club grounds. After 4:00 p.m., parents must arrange supervision for children staying on the grounds.
Race team fee includes camp tuition, with additional coaching, practice sessions from mid-May through Aug 12, 2017 and regatta coaching. Additional fees for transportation, gear and regatta participation fees.