Classes use Widgeons and 420s owned by Buzzards Sailing School (BSS) and a combination of school-owned and privately-owned International Optimist dinghies. BSS limits class sizes in order to foster safety and provide high-quality instruction for students to master sailing skills.


The Widgeon is an excellent all-around displacement hulled sailing dinghy — simple enough for young children to handle, but large enough to comfortably carry adults. We have used the Widgeon with great success for over 25 years at all levels from beginner through advanced. They are stable, responsive, and are rigged with all the standard sail controls.

Length: 12′ 4″
Sail area: 90 square feet

International Optimist Dinghy

The Optimist Class, or Opti, is the largest and fastest growing International Sailing Class in the world. This is undoubtedly because it is the ideal youth training boat. It is safe and simple enough for very young children to sail, yet lively and exciting enough for kids up to 15 to race in international competition.

Length: 7′ 6.5″
Sail area: 35 square feet

Club 420

The Club 420 is a lightweight, high-performance, planing dinghy that is fast and exciting to sail. It also provides the additional excitement and challenge of a spinnaker and trapeze. Over 100 schools and colleges across the country already have active racing fleets and the class is rapidly becoming even more popular. For those who want to race, there are ample opportunities to compete in the 420 on local through international levels. Many Olympic sailing champions trained in the Club 420 as junior sailors.

Length: 13′ 9″
Sail area: 110 square fee

Safety Boats

All classes are accompanied by the appropriate number of instruction/rescue power boats.