Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club offers an exciting sailing community currently sailing 420, Optimist and Open Bic Classes.
2017 POYCC Flag Officers
Commodore - Simon Gore-Grimes
Vice Commodore - Dr. Craig Landau
Fleet Captain - Jason Swan
Fleet Secretary - Robert Johnson
Fleet Surgeon - Dr. Arthur Knowlton
The International 420 Class Dinghy is a double-handed monohull planing dinghy with centerboard, bermuda rig and center sheeting. The name describes the overall length of the boat in centimeters (the boat is exactly 4.2 meters long). The hull is fiberglass with internal buoyancy tanks. The 420 is equipped with spinnaker and optional trapeze, making teamwork necessary to sail it well. It has a large sail-area-to-weight ratio, and is designed to plane easily. It can be rigged to be sailed single-handed.
The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. Nowadays boats are usually made of fiberglass, although wooden boats are still built. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the class and many more built but never registered. The Optimist is the biggest youth racing class in the world. As well as the annual world championship the class also has six continental championships, attended by a total of over 850 sailors a year.
The Open 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 30 kg (66 lb)–65 kg (143 lb), but it can accommodate up to 90 kg (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.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting our head sailing instructor, Cameron Brown, at (203) 764-0821 or clicking the information link found below.