Youth Circuit Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring to a regatta?
Try this checklist as a place to start.
Can I wear a Zhik life jacket?
No. The TSA Conditions (item 15.1) state that all life jackets should be US Coast Guard approved. This means that sailors wearing the Zhik brand life jackets will be asked to find or borrow something different.
I need to know more about the Opti.
Check out the FAQ page at usoda.org. The Optimist Parent Manual & Optimist Owner’s Manual are particularly useful with lots of good safety advice!
Does my sailor need a coach on the water?
This depends on the experience level of your sailor. Some type of on the water support—from a parent or a coach—for safety, snacks, water breaks, and encouragement is recommended at all levels. If you don’t have a coach at the event, please contact the TSA reps. Coaches from all the teams often work together to make sure all sailors have support on the water, and we can put you in contact with someone to make arrangements.