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Optimist Race Team


High Performance Optimist Race Team:

The Optimist race team is the perfect way for your child to learn to sail and race in the most popular boat in the world: The Optimist. Designed from the ground up to learn while being safe, the optimist is the perfect boat with more than hundreds of thousands of sailors sailing it worldwide. 

In true summer camp fashion, the program is built around mixing fun with learning and developing the sailing skills of young sailors. Sailors can register for the program even if they have no previous experience in sailing. By the end of the summer they will be able to sail by themselves without any assistance in breezes of 15 knots and more. 

Sailing with the Opti Race Team will help your child develop their self-awareness, their independence, their curiosity, their social skills, and most of all their adventurous side. In this program the sailors will progress at their own rhythm and in most cases allowing them to obtain more than one CanSail level (Canadian sailing levels) in a single summer. 

The program is designed with the flexibility to allow the more interested sailors to sail as often as they want. For those that only wish to sail a few weeks throughout the summer they are welcome to come and go as they are please. In other words, you do not have to be on the water every single day.

The sailors will spend most of the program in the Optimist, but we will also sail other kinds of sailboats such as the 420, the Laser, the Topaz and even some keel boats. The Sailors will also be doing a lot of fun activities and games throughout the summer to add to a summer that your kids will cherish for years to come. 

The program is overseen by Head Coach Hubert Pelletier, a national team level coach who has been coaching for more than 10 years, and Assistant Coach Alastair MacIntyre, an engaging teacher who will always make sure your sailors have fun. 

The goal of the Optimist race team is to create a new passion and develop sailors that will be enjoying the sport for the rest of their lives. The program is split in 2 - the « Championship Fleet» which includes 70 days of training from May to September for returning sailors. The other program is the « Green Fleet » which is for sailors under the age of 10 or new sailors joining the team for the first time. It includes 50 days of training from June to August. You can also bring you own boat for the year or charter one from the club. 

If you want more information about the Optimist Race team, please feel free to reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 race team training will operate under strict guidelines and rules. The program will run Monday to Friday, through the end of August, and focus on building Optimist sailing skills as all competitions have been cancelled through the summer. An optional fall session may be offered. Training is highly dependent on the wind and weather and may be cancelled at any time if the conditions don’t allow for safe sailing.

Sailors and their parents/guardians must sign a code of conduct to participate.

Summer Pricing:

Championship Fleet Optimist Race Team: $150 Deposit Required, Full Fees to be confirmed, (70 days)

Green Fleet Optimist Race Team: $150 Deposit Required, Full Fees to be confirmed, (50 days)

Boat Charter for the Summer: $500.00

Summer Schedule (dependent on conditions):
• Saturdays TBD
• Mondays - Fridays TBD
• Daily schedule will vary, but half days are initially planned with the possibility to go to
full days in the future.
• No Training July 1 & August 3

Fall Pricing: TBD
Fall Schedule: TBD

Payment: Please contact Mark Walton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-828-5167 (Ext. 241) to arrange payment. Installment plans are available, and refunds will be issues on a prorated basis if the program is suspended due to COVID-19


Coach Bio: Hubert Pelletier

Hubert Pelletier

A long-time sailor, Hubert Pelletier started his sailing career at the age of 10 in the Optimist program, moving quickly to the Byte class. Hubert then began racing nationally before achieving a place with the Québec sailing team in Laser radials. While competing in college varsity sailing competitions he started coaching and has not stopped since. For the past 10 years he has coached everything from windsurfers to laser sailors, but his true passion resides with the optimist class. A graduate of Concordia University, Hubert begin coaching with BYC in 2013 and his passion for the Optis became evident very quickly as did his talent for videography. In 2019, he was one of the coaches selected for the National Optimist Team for the North American Championship in the Bahamas. Hubert is always seeking to improve and with his dynamic and joyful attitude he easily motivates the sailors on the water to enjoy their time. More than anything, Hubert inspires a true passion for sailing to every athlete he has the chance to coach.


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