Opti Race Team is for sailors who have competed in green fleet regattas and are ready for the more challenging Championship line. Boat ownership is encouraged but not required. These racers usually attend Marblehead Race Week and the Mass Bay Junior Regatta, as well as additional local and regional regattas. Parents must attend a pre-season race team meeting and participate in boat transportation for regattas. This year, in particular, is a great time to get involved with racing Optimists on the North Shore. In 2015, the Optimist Nationals will be held in Salem. Sailors who learn to race in 2014 have a great shot at participating in a fun and age and skill appropriate regatta in their own backyard. Hundreds of sailors will come from all over the country to sail in Salem Sound, and you can be part of it. The Race Team is best for the 10 – 13 year old committed sailor who likes to race and wants to compete at the regional and potentially national or world level.