King George Optimists

King George Optimist Fleet

The King George flotilla was set-up in 2019 and is an all-year-round Optimist sailing group for children aged 7-14 from complete beginner to advanced racer.

Online bookings for classes can be booked here.

The club pathway for sailing is built around two pillars (1) New to sailing and (2) Experienced sailors

New to Sailing

  • We teach from complete beginners
  • RYA qualified instructors with small coaching group sizes
  • The club has ten club Optibats, thereby allowing the children to sample the sport without needing to buy their own boat
  • Introductory RYA stage 1 are run periodically through Spring and Summer
  • Places are limited. Email to make a booking

Experienced sailors

  • Once a child has completed their stage one, they will be invited to follow-up coaching (RYA stage 2). At this stage, the child can consider purchasing their own boat.
  • Aim is to progress sailors into sailing regularly and advancing toward racing level
  • Throughout 2020, we had a regular fleet of over 25 boats Optimist-based with 10 Club Optibats for beginner fleet and 15 member owned boats
  • Progression toward IOCA regatta and main fleet encouraged
  • Email to make a booking

Training Schedule

  • Regular Sunday coaching with half and full day options
  • Tuesday evening personal handicap racing in the summer months (May to August)
  • Virtual Regatta on-line racing during lockdowns
  • Holiday camps in all school holidays (Except Christmas break)
  • Team attending local, regional and national events – both for training in other conditions (sea, river etc) and big fleet racing experience