On the opening day of the 2018 Optimist National Championship on Pensacola Bay, the racing committee and the 283 sailors got in 4 sets of races. Three divisions / three races per set. Here is a little bit of the racing scene with tunes. (Barnes & Co., Inc.)
The regatta is a week-long sailing spectacular, hosted by PYC on Pensacola Bay, showcasing the best Optimist dinghy sailors (both national and international) between the ages of 8 to 15 years old.
The event is really three big championships: (1) the overall Optimist National Championship; (2) the Optimist Girls National Championship; and (3) the Optimist Team Race National Championship. There will be Green Fleet coaching and racing for beginners, too.
Check-in and Measurement: Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday at 5 pm, Downtown Pensacola: A gathering of Opti Sailors with their state or nation flags with photos will take place. A Gala Celebration will follow.
Opti National Championship Racing: Sunday, July 15 through Wednesday, July 18
Awards Ceremony w/Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres: Wednesday, July 18, following final race
Regatta Dinner: Monday evening, July 16
Opti Girls National Championship Racing: Thursday, July 19
Awards Ceremony w/Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres: Thursday, July 19, following final race
Opti Team Race National Championship Racing: Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22
Awards Ceremony w/Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres: Sunday, July 22, following final race
Organizers expect more than 300 young sailors, one coach per 10 participants, plus sailors' parents and family. The 2018 Opti Nationals will likely be the largest sports tourism event of the year in northwest Florida with more than 1,500 people expected to arrive for the week-long regatta. For this reason, participants are urged to make hotel or rental reservations early because it is "high season" in Pensacola, and the very popular “Blue Angels” summer airshow at Pensacola Beach happens on Saturday, July 14.
Make lodging reservations through Pensacola’s central tourism bureau at www.VisitPensacola.com and get more Pensacola area sports information at www.pensacolasports.org. Pensacola Sports and the Florida Sports Association www.flasports.com both support the Optimist Nationals at PYC.
Check out this awesome YouTube video from the 2015 Opti National Championship Regatta held at PYC, produced by Sean P. Brown, a Little Red Boat Studio Production.
To view the other 2015 Opti Nationals videos, click on the VIDEOS tab at the top of the page.
PYC's Junior Sailing Program (PjYC) encourages camaraderie among young sailors and promotes sportsmanship on and off the water. PjYC is pleased to have world-renowned racer, César Travado, from Spain as Sailing Director. He has established a relentless training program for our young sailors. For more information on joining the program, contact César at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pensacola Yacht Club, chartered in 1908, is a private club for members and their guests situated on 17 acres at the mouth of Chico Bayou. Enjoy the full-service restaurant and bar, banquet, and meeting rooms, and large, modern swimming pool.
The club offers breathtaking views of Pensacola Bay, a totally new marina, and a sandy beach for swimming, kayaking, and launching small boats. PYC is an exceptional venue for large racing regattas, training programs such as US Sailing's Safety at Sea Courses, and special events.
Chairman: Tom Pace, Jr., Email: TomRaceChair@gmail.com
Principal Race Officer (PRO) and Fleet Captain: Hal Smith
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Marketing and Communications Director: Talbot Wilson
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Social Media / Webmaster: Marci Carson
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1897 Cypress Street, Pensacola, Florida 32502 USA