Start Opti Sailing (SOS) Program

S.O.S (Start Opti Sailing)

Open enrollment for non vbc members opens March 2nd 2018

For ages:  4-7 years old

This course emphasizes learning proper skills through skill progression – teaching the basics and progressing with small building blocks until the skill is mastered. Sailors are motivated through these small successes and will be assured that the skills are taught properly. Teamwork is also encouraged in this course, as sailors start  with two-three kids per boat, eventually graduating to sailing on their own in our Adventure Sailing program.

The following will be covered in the S.O.S Program:

  • Terminology - boat parts, basic wind direction, rigging and derigging

  • Water Safety - clothing, water pollution, life jacket vs. PFD

  • Balance - where to sit and moving around the boat

  • Steering - straight, turning, holding the tiller and extension

  • Propulsion - sculling, paddling, using the sail

  • Stopping and going the boat, capsizing, launching and docking, tacking and gibing


  • Must be able to swim with a life jacket on

  • Must pass swim test

  • Must have life jacket

  • Shoes that have a closed toe, can get wet, and stay of feet while swimming


  • June 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th, and July 5th

    • July 10th  - Ice Cream Social and Demonstration for parents.

  • From 5:30-8 p.m. EDT


  • $200.00 VBC/VYC member                          

  • $225.00 non member

  • Early bird prices are listed above, registrations received after May 1st will be charged an additional $25.00