We offer a limited number of Opti & RS Feva sailboats for charter, and will also help put you in touch with third parties offering private charters and local sales dealers.  All privately owned and chartered boats must be checked-in and inspected prior to use.  See links below for Check-In lists for each boat class. 

FOR BEGINNERS: Sailors typically start in an Optimist dinghy, which is the largest youth sailing class in the world. The "Opti” is safe, stable and easy to rig. Each child will sail his or her own boat. Intermediate and advanced Opti sailors can compete in regattas at HYC and other yacht clubs if they wish.  More details below. 

FOR MORE ADVANCED SAILORS:  We offer the Laser for single-handed sailing and the RS Feva as a two person boat. Laser sailors must be 14 years old and weigh 110 lbs to compete in regattas. They can, however, start with a smaller sail. The Laser – an Olympic Class dinghy – is sailed by youths and adults and is one of the most popular sailboats in the world.

The Feva – suitable for children 12 years and up – offers a mainsail, jib and spinnaker. On the Feva, the kids will learn teamwork and multi-sail handling. It is a great training boat for sailors who will eventually move up to a 420 in college.

Senior Sailors (14+ years old by the end of 2018) learn key safety skills by attending an off-site US Sailing class in Session 1, and may have opportunities to sail on bigger boats and in regattas with our members. 

Laser_Check-In_Sheet.pdf    Opti_Check_In-Sheet.pdf

More details about each boat follows below. 

Age & Weight Requirements for Eligibility in JSA Events

Age Range
# of Sailors
Optimal Height
less than 140 lb.
5' 7" or less
O'pen Bic
less than 150 lb.
5' 7" or less
RS Feva
175-260 lb. combined
5' 9" or less
Laser Radial
14 minimum
110 minimum
no limits
Big Boat Team
14 minimum
no limits
no limits

Optimal height more of a general guideline rather than a hard and fast rule.  Other factors such as age, weight, agility, and skill will be more important.

Optimist Dinghy

The Optimist is the largest junior racing fleet in the world and the international standard in junior instruction. The boat’s simplicity and stability make it ideal for teaching young beginners while the popularity of the Optimist class makes the boat extremely challenging for pre-teen racers. HYC owns a fleet of 16 Optimists to use for the summer program. Most racers who travel bring privately owned boats for practice and racing.

A skipper can race Optimists until December 31st in the year they turn 15. On December 31st of that year, they age out of Optimists and can no longer race the boat. To promote participation across a wide range of skill levels and ages, Optimist racing events are typically divided into fleets.

Green fleet is a special fleet for beginners. Green fleeters can be any age up to 15. A green fleet might have skippers who are as young as 6 and as old as 15, but sooner or later they’ll’ move into either the red, white, or blue fleet depending on their age. Green fleet typically sails relatively close to shore and on short courses. Sailors may be coached at any time including during a race.

Skippers who are 10 or under sail in the white fleet. Skippers who are 11 and 12 sail in the blue fleet. Skippers who are 13, 14, or 15 sail in the red fleet. In all fleets, the determining date is the skipper’s age on the first day of the regatta. Skippers move up to blue fleet on their 11th birthday and red fleet on their 13th birthday. At most regattas, the red, blue, and white fleets all start at the same time and race on the same course. Coaching for the red/white/blue fleets is permissible before and after, but not during individual races. Coaches can observe the racing from designated areas and provide feedback to the sailors at the completion of the race(s) observed. For more info visit the class website,

RS Feva

The RS Feva is a world leading double-handed sailing dinghy with a huge race circuit and recreational following across the globe – An International best seller!

The worlds best selling two-person sailboat in recent years, an ISAF Class, winner of Dinghy of the Year in the USA, Coup de Coeurs in France, an RYA Supported Junior class…the list of honors goes on and on. The RS Feva is the benchmark in small sailboats.

There are established fleets that continue to grow all around the globe, with training and club racing right up to World Championship competition. The RS Feva is, however just as popular with training clubs as it is on the race circuit and is the class leader for teaching advanced sailing in the youth scheme. Whether it’s racing or recreation the RS Feva is unparalleled in every aspect.

 HYC introduced the RS Feva to the program in 2014 with three new boats.  It is very popular with the kids and several local clubs join HYC for in the club regattas.

The RS Feva also offers a modern skill set in terms of the asymmetric spinnaker which allows easier progression to skiff style dinghies. The RS Feva is the perfect small boat for developing sailing and racing skills as well as providing family fun.  For more info visit the class website.

Laser Radial

The Laser Radial is the single-handed option for sailors who are too big or too old to sail the Optimist. The Laser can be rigged with three different sail plans, providing great versatility across a wide range of sizes. Lasers are best suited to sailors 13 years of age or older, over 125 pounds, and focused on racing. All participants in HYC’s Laser Radial program must supply their own boat.

The Laser Radial is generally sailed and raced by lighter weight sailors and is unquestionably the best training boat for Laser Olympic aspirants who are still growing.  Most larger regattas for the Laser class will generally include separate races for the Laser Radial and Laser 4.7.

The Laser Radial sail itself is 62 square feet.  The Radial sail and mast was created in the 1980s. The Laser Radial is a platform start learning to sail a Laser; some sailors progress to become professional Radial sailors.

Additional information about the Laser Class Association is at or

The Golden Eagle

The Golden Eagle, a Catalina 25 sloop, is the largest boat in the program.  The intended use of this boat is to allow kids of all ages to gain experience on bigger yachts in a peer oriented atmosphere.  This boat, referred to as a pocket cruiser, has much of the same equipment and amenities of larger boats, but a size and scale that can be handled by kids.

The boat is not a racing or offshore machine, but sails reasonably well. It needs to be reefed at anything above 15 knots.

O'pen Bic

The O'pen Bic, often simply referred to as the Open Bic, is a single handed sailboat designed for younger sailers. Developed by Vitali Design, the boat was launched in 2006. It is an International Class, as recognized by the International Sailing Federation(ISAF).  The ideal weight for a user of this boat is 66 lb-143 lb, but it can accommodate up to 200 lb, making it suitable for children and young teens, the same people who would sail Optimist dinghies and are looking for a more exciting boat.

For more info, visit the class website: