Opti Green Fleet 2022



2022 Green Fleet Details to come

Interested in taking the first step to become a racer? 

The Opti Green Fleet is the best place for kids ages 8-13 to start racing. Using Seattle Yacht Club boats, sailors learn the basics of racing, advanced rigging, and boat handling. Please note this is not learn to sail or intended to be evening child care. If your child wants to learn to sail, please register them Sailing School

2022 Practice Schedule

Launch from Seattle Yacht Club dock
Practice days and times TBD for 2022

Milfoil Dodgers

Series of fun, half-day Saturday regattas at locations on Portage Bay and Lake Washington

Dates TBD for 2022

Local Regattas

The Green Fleet Coach will be present at the following local regattas
(Registrants are responsible for regatta registration fees)

August 27-28, 2022 NW Junior Olympics at Shilshole Bay
September dates TBD JAM regatta at Port Madison
September dates TBD Octoberfest


$400 per sailor
Includes practices, Opti charters, and Milfoil Dodger events, coaching
(does not include registration fees for JAM regatta or the Junior Olympics)

What is Opti Green Fleet?

The Opti Green Fleet at Seattle Yacht Club is an introductory racing program. Sailors will learn the basics of racing sailboats, advanced rigging, and boat handling techniques. Practices are held Monday or Wednesday evenings (to be determined) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Yacht Club.

Green Fleet is a special fleet for beginners. The purpose of the Green Fleet is to encourage novice sailors. Participation Awards are provided to all skippers sailing in Green Fleet events. By not crowning a champion, sailors and their parents are encouraged to move to the appropriate age fleet as they become more confident in their abilities.

What is the cost and what is included?

The cost of Green Fleet in 2022 is $400. The program includes coaching and boat charters for all practices, four Milfoil Dodgers, and two local regattas. 

What are Milfoil Dodgers?

Milfoil Dodger events are a series of fun, half-day, novice regattas at various venues around Lake Washington. These events will take place on Saturdays in July and early August. Each event is casual, fun-filled, and coaching is encouraged. All Milfoil Dodgers events are free for participants, and they include participation awards and lunch. The name "Milfoil Dodger" comes from sailors avoiding the widespread milfoil (an invasive aquatic plant) in Seattle's lakes. Specific information about each Milfoil Dodger event will be sent to Green Fleet participants prior to each event.

What are The Local Regattas?

The two local regattas are held at the end of summer. A separate Opti Green Fleet course will be available at each event. Sailors may also be ready to participate in the "regular" Opti fleet races. These regattas each have a nominal regatta fee, which generally includes meals, participation awards, and a T-Shirt. Specific information about each regatta will be sent to Green Fleet participants prior to each regatta.

Are there Prerequisites?

Students should have experience sailing the Opti, and be comfortable demonstrating basic sailing maneuvers, such as steering, tacking/gybing, and leaving from/returning to the dock. Those who are lacking sailing experience should take the Overboard Opti class in our Summer Sailing School Program.

Anything else?

We also encourage participants to sign up for the SYC Summer Sailing School Learn-to-Race Camp. This is a one-week immersion in sailing and introductory racing. It is a great supplement to the Opti Green Fleet program. Click here for more info on the Learn-to-Race Camp and other Summer Sailing School programs.