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.

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

New to Sailing (minimum age: 7)

  • 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 will run on 15/16 May and 26/27 June. These courses are now full. Please add yourself to our waiting list if you are interested in future courses by completing the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqPzSlO1cSg8A3d1AFHS6FiLY1MHO0898kjPaQdalL3n53BQ/viewform

Experienced sailors

  • Once a child has completed their stage one, they will be invited to follow-up coaching. 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
  • Course details are located here http://www.kgsc.camp9.org/sys/website/?pageId=1245083

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
  • Email optimists@kgsc.org.uk for further information