Optimist Racing

Who are We?

We are a dinghy sailboat racing team focused on having fun and learning a lifetime sport. Gnarly's main mission is to serve junior sailors in New York metro area, especially those juniors who began sailing at their local club in the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA), the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association (GSBYRA) and the Peconic Gardiners Junior Sailing Association (PGJSA) programs. A secondary mission of Gnarly Optimist Racing is to promote junior sailing nationally and internationally.

Goals for our Team Include:

  • low sailor-to-coach ratio to provide personalized instruction (generally two coaches for every 10-12 sailors)
  • highly experienced, nationally recognized coaches to provide high level instruction
  • regular individual reports from coaches to all sailors
  • all team members supporting all sailors.

How do I Become a Member?

To join as a member, please contact us at to make sure that Gnarly Optimist Racing is right for your sailor.