All Seashell dinghies used in our program are privately owned or rented. In addition to any privately owned or rented Optimists, the Yacht Club owns 10 Optimists which are available for a fee to A, B, and C Class students for in-class use. As mentioned above, the students in D Class will sail in the club-owned Optimists for no extra charge.
There are four ways to participate in the Seashell sailing program:
- Purchase a Seashell or Optimist,
- Rent a Seashell or Optimist from a private owner,
- Sign up for a class as a crew without a boat, or
- Pay an additional fee for use of a Club-owned Optimists during A, B or C Class (no extra charge for D-Class).
To reiterate, Yacht Club Optimists will not be for rent; for an additional fee, they will be available for in-class use. Please see the usage agreement below. Once you register for Seashell Class A, B, or C, you will see the Opti option and will be able to sign up for the class usage.
Students in B and C Classes who do not have a boat and who have not subscribed to use a Club-owned Optimist will be matched with another student with a privately owned or rented boat on a best efforts basis subject to availability. While some sailors may have paired themselves up before classes start, we make every effort to ensure every participant has a boat in which to sail. In the rare event we are not able to match students, we will refund class fees. If you have questions about this process, please email us at email@example.com
. Our office staff maintains a spreadsheet of boat owners and crews, and may be able to help you with a pairing before the season starts.
We also have a “Boat Sales/Rentals” forum under the "Member Resources" tab on the website (available only when logged in). Please use this (and/or the bulletin board in the Casino) if you are looking to buy, sell, or rent a Seashell or Optimist.
Completion of the Seashell Statement of Understanding is required for participation in the Seashell program. Both Seashells and Optimists require a sticker, which will be available in the Yacht Club office upon completion of the Storm Plan. Both these forms will be emailed to participants after registration. They can also be found by clicking on the form name below, reviewed, completed, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org