Opti & Butterfly Racing Skills

This class is for sailors completing beginning sailing and are looking to learn racing tactics, signal flags, courses, starts, roundings, efficient tacks and jibes. It is also for racers looking to improve their skills and take their racing to the next level. We have some seasoned instructors that are ready to teach you all the top secret tips to make a boat go fast, including racing theory, and advanced racing tactics. The classes will be split according to skill level. Parents will receive an every other week postcard noting skills their sailor has mastered, 

Friday Regatta Race Team

Includes four Friday Regattas; Melges Pro, ??Ted Keller's Speed Clinic at Butterfly Nationals—on Tues. Morning this year??, or the Green Fleet Opti Regatta; on-the-water coaching on each of the Opti and Butterfly courses; coaching help with boat setup; and Regatta Race team shirts.  Race Coaches will attend the Friday Regattas, and a postcard of take-aways from the race coaches will be given to parents after each Friday Regatta. Boat set-up for the regattas will take place after Racing Skills on Thursday afternoon for the Friday Regattas.

*For racers who are able to attend only one or two regattas, you may pay up front for the regattas at $50 per regatta in advance, or $75 on race day.

SLJSA Butterflys are available for Charter/rental. Rates vary depending on amount of days chartered….contact Lara Harper 616-822-3961.

Racing at SLYC


Wednesday Series

Open to all SLJSA sailing school students that are capable of sailing a boat on their own. Every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 - 3:30 PM between June 19 - August 7 there will be Butterfly and Opti races starting at 1pm. Wednesday races are included in your sailing school registration fee. (No Wednesday races 7/17 & 7/31...because of regattas)


Weekend Series

Weekend racing for Opti, Butterfly, Laser, MC, C & E Scow is available at the SLYC. Please visit the SLYC website for more information.


Other Regattas

  • 2019 Optimist Great Lakes Championship
    Thursday, XXXX 6th, 2019   8:00 am     

  • XXXX 20-23TEAM RACE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236. Check-In on July 20. Race days are July 21-23. This is a USODA QUALIFIER for the Opti Team Cup Berlin.

  • XXXX 17-19 (T, W, Th) Crystal Lake YC,  Butterfly Nationals Regatta www.butterflyer.org *^at Butterfly Nationals, you must take a crew if your are 16 and under and sail in the Junior Division. Those 17 and older will sail in the Open Division.

  • XXXX 1-4 (Th, Fri, Sat., & Sun. ) WLYC ~ WMYA Westerns Regatta -schedule of races at www.wmya.org

  • XXXX 6-8 MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIP, Pewaukee Lake Sailing School, Pewaukee, WI 53072. Race days September 7-8. This is a USODA QUALIFIER for the 2020 Team Trials.