Optimists sailing is starting again. We look forward to welcoming back those who were with us last year and to meeting any newcomers.

Sailing will commence on Sunday 14th of April and will run each Sunday from 0930 (1000 Launch) to 1230 for a period of 8 weeks (weather permitting) so allowing for holidays & foul weather will bring us to late June. There are three streams A B & C with separate coaching depending on the experience from beginners to those with sailing credentials.

You will need to register and pay the attending fee in order to participate. Places are limited so we would advise you to book & pay as early as possible to avoid disappointment. An application form is attached in Excel & PDF format. One must be completed per child. If you are resubmitting an existing form please ensure  boat name / sail numbers, emails and especially phone numbers are current.

Please mail completed forms to mbscoptimists@gmail.com by the closing date of 12th April. Payments may be made at the MBSC club bar up to 9 PM 13th April. Please ensure you get a receipt. The cost is €85 per child for current MBSC members and €125 per child for non-members. The fee is to be paid in full by the 13th April.

The fees cover coaches, crash boats and fuel. All other logistics and administration is voluntary & rely heavily on volunteers. Therefore we rely on you making yourself available for some task if your child is partaking.

Once we have know the numbers we will issue a roster for volunteers for the launching/retrieving of crash boats, launching/ retrieving of Oppies, safety checks, roll call, etc. Even if you are not rostered on a particular day, all help is greatly appreciated for the various tasks and duties that need to be undertaken to ensure the sessions run effectively. Absolutely no experience is required as you will not be required to go afloat or be involved in any boating activities.

Anyone that has already been with the Oppie group or any family wishing to have 2 children participating will need a boat. 

For those of you with an Oppie please do a trial rigging of your boat during the week to make sure everything is in order before the first Sunday session. 

A helpful IODAI safety check is attached. As always, all boats will be subject to pre-launch safety check.

For any equipment required there are links below.