Learning to Sail with Medway Oppies
Oppies is for young sailors and would be sailors at Medway Yacht Club aged 8 and upwards. The only requirement for joining Oppies is that the young sailor must be able to swim and be capable of righting a capsized Oppie in wind conditions force 2 to 3 (although we won’t be testing that on the first day!) and are committed to learning to sail. We have 17 hulls and therefore hope for a core of around 15 to 20 young sailors. The Optibat dinghies that we use are strongly built and difficult to capsize as some of our crews have found out when trying out capsize drill!
Oppies is not a recognised RYA course although we do have some RYA instructors and do try to run RYA courses on occasions. The main purpose of Oppies is to introduce new sailors to sailing on their own and to gain confidence on the water.
If you’ve got this far, then Oppies may well be for you. Have a look through the rest of the site and if you satisfy the requirements, download an application form and send it to me ASAP
Here’s to a great season
Andrew Baker– Oppie Class Captain 2015