PRIME Team Sail Snipes!?

Members of The PRIME Opti Team traveled to the Atlanta Yacht Club for the 2011 Snipe Halloween Regatta, the largest Snipe regatta in the U.S.  The team were the guests of the Snipe Class International Racing Association USA and the AYC.  Conditions Saturday were “once-in-a-century” at AYC with steady winds of 20+++.  PRIME sailors, most of who had never even seen a Snipe, demonstrated the PRIME sailing values of Dedication, Training, Teamwork and Focus by winning the jr. regatta (Gise), and taking 1st (Tucker and Ando), 2nd (McCaffrey and Gise), and 4th (Wiggins and Dodd) in the goblin fleet for the main event.

The team thanks our guest sailors for the regatta from the AYC, Carlyn Blaulvelt and Anna Mitchel, who we hope to see in PRIME livery at future Opti regattas!  We also want to extend our deepest thanks to Don Hackbarth of SCIRA USA, and most importantly, the Atlanta Yacht Club for hosting us and putting on such a wonderful regatta.

Low Country Regatta

  Congrats to PRIME taking 1st (Ian Jezak), 3rd (Chris McCaffery), and 5th (Alexander Mazzeo) in Opti Blue Fleet and taking 1st (Drummond), 2nd (Leigh Ann), 3rd (Jordan), 4th (Will Monts), and 5th (Sam Cabiness) in Opti Red Fleet at Beaufort Y&SC Low Country Regatta.

2011 USODA Team Trials

PRIME team sailors head to San Francisco Bay!

The intent of the PRIME Opti Team is to provide intensive training and support to ‘up and coming’ youth sailors through focus based practices and coaching at regattas. Because this team is focused on performance, commitment and the will to become better sailors, there will be some requirements needed to be met by each and every sailor and their parent/guardian.


All practices begin with a Parents’ Briefing at 0930, a Sailors’ Briefing at 1000 and concludes with a Sailors’ Briefing at 1600. All boats MUST be ready to sail by 1000!


We are asking for a commitment of at least 75% of practices and team supported regattas. Please visit our schedule page for more details.


We understand that cost is a sensitive subject and will try to keep the costs to a minimum, where possible, without interfering with the quality of training.

Core team members pay a $100 annual fee and are subject to the following session fees: Practice weekends: $135. Regattas: $50 (plus possible coach cost offsets).

Sailors who are less committed may wish to participate as Pay to Play members (P2P). P2P members do not pay the annual fee, but fees are an additional $25 per event (plus cost offsets for regattas).

Joining Our Team

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact any or all of the PRIME board members, or the parent of any PRIME sailor, with the name, experience level, and your intended level of participation. Peer recommendations are always very helpful in the decision making process.