The club owns a fleet of new, plastic training Optimist style dinghies for teaching young beginners to sail.  These are primarily used for informal, fun OnBoard sessions, the Junior Saturday Sailing sessions, which are run on selected Saturdays from May to October for children aged 6 and over.  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.   The emphasis is on developing seamanship and racing skills, as well as simply for the fun of messing about in boats.

For more information about plans for race training in Optimists at RHYC in 2017 please contact Alex Davey on alexcrdavey@btinternet.com

Optimist RYA Zone Squad Events 2017

RHYC is proud to have been selected by the RYA to host the Optimist Eastern Zone Squad event in March 2017, and also the Zone Squad qualifiers for the RYA Optimist Zone Championships, on 23rd and 24th September 2017.

Being selected to host these events is a great recognition by the RYA of the
vibrant and successful Optimist scene at RHYC,

Optimist Open Report - April 2016

Despite a (sadly accurate) forecast of persistent rain there were 20 keen Optimist sailors rigging up at RHYC 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.

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.