Opti-Jam is an Optimist dinghy regatta hosted at Chester Yacht Club for sailors of all levels of experience including beginners.
2017’s Regatta is Wednesday, August 9 & Thursday, August 10
Learn To Sail Report Winter Newsletter January 2017
As 2016 winds down, I think back on the wonderful season we had with learn to sail and all of the great people that were involve. With over 224 registrations it was a busy season and without the help of Kim it would not have been possible. Along with regular programming we attended regattas in the province producing great results.
Every year our program continues to grow in both quantity and quality, this year we had 9 coaches with volunteer coaches coming and going throughout the season. With more sailors and more coaches it leads to more boats, this year we had 9 coach boats (RIB’s), 12 420’s, 22 opti’s and 5 echo’s . Our 420 program was expanded from 8 to 12 hulls thanks to donations from the multiple families and the use of fundraised moneys from the previous year to outfit the hulls. All this culminates to CYC have one of the largest Learn to sail programs in the province.
With the program growing with more boats and gear there becomes a responsibility to maintain and at times replace boats and gear; this however takes money and resources. The money generated through registrations covers the operational cost of the program but we rely solely on the Jr fundraiser for capital expenses such as replacing boats and gear. This year the Jr fundraiser was a huge success thanks to the organization of Michael and Holly Dunn with the proceeds going towards expanding the 420 fleet even more as it has become the popular fleet with aging kids in the program. Now, of course this would not have been possible without the help of parents and friends of the program as they are the people donating their time and money to the cause.
As always Opti Jam was another huge success with over 90 boats attending making it the largest opti regatta in the province and some say the best! I big thank you to Ray Cambria and Trish Finlay for their race management skills and running two courses and multiple fleets and the countless volunteers both on land and water. Once again I will ask if anyone is interested in chairing this event to please come forward and contact Kim or myself.
As I said before the 2016 season for CYC Learn to sail program was a huge success and I thank everyone who was a part of it from sailors to coaches and especially parents who volunteer their time and resources to the program. I look forward to the 2017 season and if you have any questions regarding the Learn to sail program please feel free to contact Kim or myself and also check out the learn to sail website which can be found at Chester Yacht Club.ca for all information regarding the program.
Warren Barkhouse Learn to sail manager [email protected]
Kim Johnson Administrator [email protected]
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