Red, White & Blue

Optimist RWB Fleets are age group fleets that Green Fleet sailors graduate to after proving proficiency at sailing and racing. The RWB Fleets are solely driven by the sailor’s age as follows:

White Fleet is for skippers who are 10 and under
Blue fleet is for skippers who are 11 or 12
Red fleet is for skippers who are 13, 14 or 15 

Sailors receive world class racing instruction from top coaches in small groups and are supported with coaches and motorboats at designated regattas. The program emphasizes focus, personal responsibility and the principles of Corinthian yachting excellence. CRYC team racers are renowned for being among the best prepared and highest achieving young sailors in the nation. These skills are highly valued at private high schools with sailing programs and the best Northeastern Colleges and Universities.
 

Coaches

The CRYC RWB Fleet Program has some of the highest caliber, highly experienced, and winningest coaches that Biscayne Bay and the sport have to offer.
 

Omari Scott

Opti RWB Program, Head Coach

Coach Omari Scott is from the tiny island of Antigua. He earned a Sports Management degree from Hampton University in 2008, where he was the leader and captain of the sailing team for four years. Omari arrived at Coral Reef Yacht Club (CRYC) in 2013 after serving as the National Sailing Team Coach for Antigua, St. Lucia and the British Virgin Islands. Omari currently serves as the Head Optimist Coach at CRYC and coach of the US National Optimist Team. Over the past 12 years, Omari has coached and competed in numerous regional and international regattas and clinics. Such regattas include, but are not limited to; St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta, Orange Bowl Regatta, Flanders Regatta in Belgium, Trofeo de Palamos in Spain, US Optimist Team Trial, US Optimist Nationals Championships, Schoelcher International Regatta in Martinique, IODA North Americans Championships etc. With his aggressive coaching style Coach Omari has developed many top sailors. Recent results include the Bronze medal at the 2016 South American Championships, Gold and Bronze medals at the 2016 North American Championships, winning two US National Championships - 2014 and most recently 2016, Silver medal at US Team Race Nationals and Gold medal at 2016 New England Championships. Omari believes that sailors race the way they train and with that in mind, maintains a high level of intensity at each practice.
 

Eliot Caple

Opti RWB Program, Coach
 

Growing up in Florida, Eliot Caple was immersed year-round in competitive sailing from a young age. She began sailing Optimists with great success, qualifying for regattas all over the world. While attending high school at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, Eliot was a tri-varsity athlete competing in cross-country, swimming, and sailing. She sailed 420’s and FJ’s for St. George’s competing in team and fleet racing.  Eliot’s sailing success landed her at the College of Charleston on one of the top five collegiate sailing teams in the country.  She was a lead female skipper within the coed and women’s teams for numerous events, as well as one of two females on the College of Charleston’s match race team.   Eliot continued her passion for sailing as an Optimist Coach at both Lauderdale Yacht Club and Miles River Yacht Club in St Michaels, MD.  Her competitive spirit will be a great advantage for Coral Reef’s sailors.

Alexander Lavelle

Opti RWB Program, Coach
 

Alexander Lavelle started sailing at Camp Sea Gull, where he first sailed the Lightning. Fast forward a few years to 20 when Alexander was Commodore of the sailing team at Vanderbilt University (Commodore of the Commodores). During this time, he began sailing Lightning Championship regattas. This led to competing in many championship-level regattas in other classes including Viper 640s, J/70s, and Etchells, as well as sever-al PHRF and IRC events. Alexander joined Coral Reef Yacht Club this fall to pass on his racing knowledge and passion for our sport.

 
 

Practice

During the Fall and Spring racing seasons, the RWB Fleet meets at CRYC to practice three times per week - once during the week and twice over the weekend. For the current racing season, practice is held, weather permitting, based on the following schedule:
 
Saturday from 8:30am to 4:00pm
Sunday from 8:30am to 4:00pm
Wednesday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm 

Private coaching is also available for non-practice days and can be scheduled directly with the CRYC coaches. On weekends that our sailors are participating in a regatta, our coaches will determine if practice will be held and will communicate this to the team in advance. See our guide for Practice Details  for more information.

 

Regattas

During the Fall and Spring racing seasons, the RWB Fleet may attend one or more local or regional regatta per month - primarily within a one to three hour drive from CRYC. You may opt-out of attending a regatta if your sailor has already qualified for a national team or international regatta. See our guide for Attending an Out-of-Town Regatta for more information.
 
See the CRYC Regatta Calendar  for a full list of events our team participates in.
 

Communications

If you are already a RWB Fleet sailor or family member, you can request access to our dedicated and active TeamSnap account that we use to communicate information about practices, regattas, and other events. Contact waterfront@coralreefyachtclub.org to request access or if you already have an account you can login to TeamSnap here .
 

How to Sign Up

Please contact Waterfront Director Stuart deLisser at waterfront@coralreefyachtclub.org to inquire about registering for the Opti RWB program.