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Our Optimist program allows our Sabot sailors to widen their skill set by sailing a class that races nationwide/internationally, in a wide range of conditions/sea states, and big fleets. The goals of the Juniors Classes at BYC is to develop base skills so the sailors can confidently transfer into Youth Classes. Sailors will have the opportunity to compete nationally and internationally if they progress to the appropriate level. Sailors need their own boat to participate in this program.

The information on this page is for Team BYC. For information on Learn to Sail and Social sailing programs that are running visit the Spring, Fall and Summer program pages. 

Out of SoCal Regattas

On top of our program, our Opti team has the opportunity to race in regattas around the USA and internationally. These regattas come at an additional cost to the program fees. We have a funding scheme through Team BYC so all sailors representing the team will have standardized coaching fees per day. 




Valentines Day Regatta St Petersburg FL February
Opti Team Trials Varies Between March-May
Harken Series San Fran April
Garda Opti week Garda Italy  April
Heavy Air Regatta  San Fran June
Nationals Varies Varies
Pacific Coast Championship Varies on the West coast September/October
West Coast Championship Varies on the West coast Varies
Sprint Team Trials Varies  October
Orange Bowl Coconut Grove, Miami December 26th-30th

Through USIODA Team Trials and USIODA Spring Team Trials, sailors may also be selected for international regattas. See USIODA for more information. 

Regattas in SoCal




Carrie #4 DRYC February
Harken #1 Cal YC February
Carrie #5 Big Rock Morro Bay March
Carrie #6 Ken hoover KHYC April
Harken #3 CBYC May
Summer Series #1 July Fourth Regatta ABYC July
Summer Series #2 Wedge Regatta  BYC July
Summer Series #3 Dog Days Regatta VYC July
Summer Series #4  DRYC July
Carrie #1 Goblin Regatta SBYC October
Carrie #2 VYC November
Carrie #3 CBYC December

Twilights Series

Opti sailors can join the BYC evening Twilights racing on Wednesdays Mid May until the end of August. Races start/finish in front of the Yacht Club. Start time is 6pm and there are 2 races a night. You can register here and see the results here. Twilights are a great way to improve their tactical skills will lots of wind shifts, wind puffs/lulls and skewed up winds. 

Ocean Racing Series

Opti sailors can join the BYC Ocean Racing Series during the Fall and Spring Program. Racing is on a Sunday afternoon. Start time is 2:30pm. For more information on the series and exact dates please visit the Ocean Racing Website.


BYC runs practices year round for our Opti Program. To see more information on timings look at the Summer, Spring and Fall program pages. 

Extra sessions

When we see good breeze on the forecast we will try to add extra sessions. These normally occur in the winter between November and March. They normally come with short notice. They are added to the app so you can RSVP. We use these sessions to target big breeze, big waves, or offshore shifty winds. Sailors that are 'All In' can join these sessions at no extra cost. Sessions are open to all ocean classes.