The club owns a fleet of plastic training optimist style dinghies for teaching young beginners to sail, primarily these are used for the OnBoard sessions run throughout the summer on selected Saturdays.  These boats are available to be used by members with young children.

In addition a number of our youngest members own GRP 'International Optimists' and start their racing careers in them by participating in race training and in Junior Race Week.  For more information about plans for race training and racing in Optimists at RHYC in 2014 contact Antony Gifford on antonygifford@aol.com

Optimist Open - 17th September 2016

Besides main and regatta fleet racing the club will be running a session of “mini races” for siblings not confident of racing round the main course. The mini racers will launch after the main fleet, and come ashore before the main fleet finishes. They will sail on a sheltered part of the river round buoys about 100m apart.
There will be no formal tuition or coaching, but support boats will be in attendance to give help and advice. In order to maintain a ratio of 1 support boat to 6 competitors entries will be restricted to 18 boats
Club members who normally do on board are welcome (on board will not take place). Visitors are very welcome. If you do not have,   or it is too much hastle to bring a boat we have about 10 on site that you can hire. We will need advanced warning, however, as we need to prepare the gear.
Entry fees will be;
RHYC Members £ 7.50, boat hire £5
Non members £15, boat hire £10


Entry Form

Notice Of Race

Sailing Instructions


Optimist Open Report - April 2016

Despite a (sadly accurate) forecast of persistent rain there were 20 keen Optimist sailors rigging up at Royal Harwich YC on Saturday April 9th.  While the rain never did really clear there was a good breeze and plenty of water in the Orwell and so fun was to be had.  As normal in east coast oppie sailing there were more girls sailing than boys – it seems to mean a little less shouting than at other events.
The southerly wind was a little on the shifty side and so consistency was to prove to be at a premium.  Two of the girls, Flo Brellisford from the Royal Corinthian, and Daisy Weston, from Dabchicks SC, proved to have the ability to produce that consistency in the main fleet and finished in that order overall.  Flo finished the day with two hard earned but ultimately comfortable wins and so was the deserved winner of the event.  Jonathan Bailey (Hunts SC) started very strongly with a first and a second but then faded to finish third.  A very solid performance from James Gifford left him fourth and the first representative from the home club.
In the regatta fleet Laura Elms dominated proceedings once she had got an unfortunate first race out of the way (too much time in irons if you must know) with a trio of wins to take a comfortable victory from Gracie Joslin (RHYC).
Much thanks was due to the team of race management, safety crew and coaches needed to make this event possible.  Thanks at RHYC are also always due to an exceptional bosun who worked tirelessly to get all the powerboats and the committee boat ready for their first outing of the spring.
Full results at http://www.royalharwichyachtclub.co.uk/results2016/optimistopen.html. This event was the first of the eastern travellers series which continues on April 24th.
Antony Gifford

New Optimists

Many members will have noticed that the rack of elderly training Optimist dinghies in the dinghy park has been infiltrated by two bright new ones. These have been very generously provided by the Ajax owners in conjunction with a sponsored event hosted for Birketts (lawyers in Ipswich) late in 2013. The boats have been named, after a hot debate and a draw of names from a hat, after two of the Ajax fleet, Storm Petrel and Dionysius.

The junior sailors are very grateful for this support and for the continued support of our Rear Commodore, Gordon Sutton, who facilitated the whole process. The yellow boats were the result of a similarly generous donor many years ago and have done sterling work training another generation of sailors on the Orwell but they have started to show their age. We are hopeful that the two new boats will be the first stage in a process to renew the whole fleet.

Antony Gifford


Some of the Oppi sailors enjoying time together after the Open at RHYC