Beginner Optimist (Ages 8 ‐11)

This course will teach the basics of rigging a boat, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.), sportsmanship, and water safety. Instruction is done in Optimists with two sailors/boat.
The goals of this class are to:
‐ be able to rig and de‐rig an Optimist
‐ know the points of sail
‐ be able to label all the parts of the boat
‐ be comfortable steering the boat and trimming the sail
‐ be able to leave the dock and return
‐ be able to tack and gybe safely
‐ be able to capsize and recover
‐ know starboard vs. port and windward vs. leeward
‐ know how to tie knots (figure‐8, square, bowline)

One Week Sessions: Monday ‐ Friday | 9am3pm

The Shark River Sailing and Science Academy is the new educational program presented by The Friends of the Belmar Harbor which is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization which promotes the health and vitality of the Shark River Bay.


Registered Charity: 30-0176960

Address: PO Box 454 Belmar, NJ 07719

Location of Summer Events: 1300 River Road, Belmar New Jersey 07719
Neptune Municipal Marina: 149 S Riverside Dr, Neptune, NJ 07753

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