FAQ

Who can participate ?

The appropriate age for a kind (boy or girl) is between 6 and 11 years old. In this phase kids learn the basic principles of sailing with “Optimist” boats (approx. 2m in length and 1m in width). During the practical training sessions, each kid is either accompanied by an older one or sails alone, with the rest of trainees either watching from the escort boat or sailing in their own boat. The trainees always bear special life-vests and, despite “Optimists” are extremely safe boats, other safety boats are always around.

When do training sessions take place?

Theoretical and practical training sessions take place thoughout the year at Plaz, Patras, during weekends: 10:30-13:30 for the academies and 11:30-15:00 for the racing teams. During summer the program extends also to week-days (contact the Club for eventual changes).

What does it cost to learn sailing?

The reasoning of the Club is that ALL KIDS should have the opportunity to learn how to sail. Already since 2014, the monthly rate for the academies has been reduced to 20€.

What should I bring with me?

Although academies are active mostly the summer months, children should wear a neoprene or pantsuit (jacket) and long sleeve t-shirts and sea shoes. In addition, it is necessary to have a hat, sunglasses, and windbreaker jacket. Finally, it is a good idea to have a bottle of water with them. They will find in the group.

From what age can someone participate in the academies?

The appropriate age for a kind (boy or girl) is between 6 and 11 years old. In this phase kids learn the basic principles of sailing with “Optimist” boats (approx. 2m in length and 1m in width). During the practical training sessions, each kid is either accompanied by an older one or sails alone, with the rest of trainees either watching from the escort boat or sailing in their own boat. The trainees always bear special life-vests and, despite “Optimists” are extremely safe boats, other safety boats are always around.

Is it safe for the kid to participate in the academies?

The appropriate age for a kind (boy or girl) is between 6 and 11 years old. In this phase kids learn the basic principles of sailing with “Optimist” boats (approx. 2m in length and 1m in width). During the practical training sessions, each kid is either accompanied by an older one or sails alone, with the rest of trainees either watching from the escort boat or sailing in their own boat. The trainees always bear special life-vests and, despite “Optimists” are extremely safe boats, other safety boats are always around.

About the coaches

All our coaches are certified with the Hellenic Sailing Federation. The Club takes pride that the coaches are former athletes of the club.
The Club organizes training camps and training sessions with the participation of invited world-renown coaches.

What are Optimists?

The Optimist is a sailing boat. Originally, it was a small butler who had a small broomstick on his mast, and an old, properly cut sheet. It was supported on wheels and circulated on the ground. He did not have a keel or a shadow. Gradually, this game began to become more popular and spread to the United States of America. Then the idea of ​​becoming a racing boat was created. Today, more than 2,000,000 children worldwide enjoy this boat, while national championships and cross-country racing are organized. Optimist is a boat specially designed for children. It consists of a steering wheel with a counter-dowry, a large polyester or wood keel, a trapezoid-shaped sail and three watertight ones to keep it upside-down if overturned.

What is Laser?

The International Class Sailing Boat Laser, also called Laser Standard or Laser One, is one of the most popular boats in the class of small sailboats. According to regulations, the boat can sail with one or two people, but it is customary to be governed by one. The design, made by Bruce Kirby, highlights simplicity and performance and this is one of the main reasons that make the Laser so popular. It is one of the oldest in its kind, measuring over 100 years of life. There are three world-wide Laser manufacturing factories that manufacture One Design craft. There are three Laser categories and their difference lies in the surface of the sail. Specifically, the term Laser is usually referred to as the Laser Standard with the largest sail and cloth. But there are still two designs, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7. Young people start at 4.7 and grow up simply changing the sails. It is ideal for young people who have just graduated from Optimist. The sail area is 35% less than the Laser Standard. Laser Radial is the next step, with a 18% less sail than Laser Standard. This has a great impact on women. The Laser Standard can sail at any weight, but when the wind is strong, it is better to have a sailor’s weight too.

What will Sailing offer to my Kid as a sport?

Through sailing we can empower children’s characters by cultivating their will, self-confidence, determination, while at the same time playing body and soul. It promotes sport, recreation, teamwork, capacity building through sociability, stimulation of self-confidence, development of sense of responsibility, determination, continuous learning because in sailing you never stop learning new things and escaping from the everyday life, something that everybody needs today.

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