Learn to Sail and Race

The Oshkosh Yacht Club Sailing School provides a value priced community sailing opportunity for youth who have completed
2nd grade through age 13.  Students sail the International Optimist.  The “Opti,” is the perfect youth boat because it is simple in design for the new sailor, while at the same time it can be fine tuned for the more advanced skipper.  Our programs focus on racing and the enjoyment of sailing as a lifetime and community activity.  At each level our certified U.S. Sailing Level 1 instructors provide a sailing experience which focuses on safety, sailing terminology, boat handling, rules of the sea, skill performance and racing techniques.  The OYC has been in existence for 148 years.  

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Our 2018 Summer Program:  June -  August

(2019 details coming soon…)


Opti Sailing Camp (Beginner) - $90

This learn to sail camp is designed to teach children 8-11 the fundamentals of sailing. Campers will sail with two in a boat or by themselves. They will learn basic sailing techniques using games and simple drills to teach basic boat handling. The camp is designed for new or returning sailors who wish to master the basic skills. The goal of the camp is to have fun on the water while acquiring an enjoyable life time skill.
Camp #1  June 18 - July 19  Monday and Wednesday  9:00 - 11:00   $90

Camp #2  June 18 - July 19  Monday and Wednesday  1:00 - 3:00     $90

Camp #3 June 19 - July 20   Tuesday and Thursday      3:00 - 5:00     $90

Camp #4  June 18 - July 16  Mondays                           5:30 - 7:30     $50

Camp #5  June 22 - July 21  Friday and Saturday         9:00 - 11:00    $90

Camp #6  August 1- 15        Monday thru Thursday     9:00 - 11:00    $90

Camp #7  August 3 - 18       Friday and Saturday         9:00 - 11:00    $60     


Learn to Race (Intermediate) $95

For sailors ages 9-12 who can sail alone and have mastered basic sailing skills. The class will focus on self-reliance by introducing more advanced boat and sail handling skills that allow them to develop confidence and have fun while managing their boat in a wide variety of situations. Must have completed Opti Sailing Camp or similar skill level class.
L2R #1  June 18 - July 19   Monday and Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00

L2R #2  June 19 - July 20   Tuesday and Thursday   1:00 - 3:00

L2R #3  June 19 - July 20   Tuesday and Thursday   3:00 - 5:00

L2R #4  Augugst 1 - 15      Monday thru Thursday    1:00 - 3:00  


Opti Race - Team Oshkosh (Advanced) $95

This challenging class for sailors 9-13 focuses on racing skills and preparation for competitive sailing events both at home and on nearby lakes. Advanced sailing drills plus classroom debriefs give the student the tools needed to advance their racing performance.  Students are encouraged to participate in local fleet races on Wednesday evenings as well as multi-race regattas hosted by sailing clubs in our area. Must have successfully completed the Opti Learn to Race Program or equivalent.

Opti Race  Spring Training ($20):  Saturdays May 19, 26, June 2, 9               Opti Races:  June 19 - July 26, Tuesday and Thursday  9:00 - 11:00


Additional Youth Sailing Opportunities

Must be an OYC junior member or family sailing member to participate.

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OYC Opti Fleet Racing     

Wednesdays:  June 21 - August 23, 6:30 to 8:00 - $50

These races will be run as fleet races in which cumulative scores will be kept for the season. Participants must be a sailing member of the OYC. Season trophies will be awarded at the annual Cup Night in October.  Registration for Fleet Racing

Regatta Opportunities

Sailors enrolled in the Learn to race and Opti Race Team programs will have the opportunity to participate in on and off lake regattas where they can hone their skills against others of similar age and experience. It is a wonderful opportunity for our sailors to make life long friends.  Coaching will be provided.
Regatta Schedule (TBA)