CD Academy- 3 days Optimist performance training  with best in class coaches  before Sailing Point Easter Regatta

CD SAILS  ACADEMY  March  25-27  in  Slovenia Portorož-Portorose, before Sailing Poing Easter regatta   and 2025 World Championship Area

CD Sails Academy is performance oriented 3 days training  where we aim to  make a real contribution in the individual improvement needs of each sailor together with the selection of  best in class coaches. We  always aim to provide a   personal evaluation, attention and targeted work  in line with  the needs of each sailor.  

The chosen location is also the same location of Optimist World Championship 2025 having a chance to start the preparation well on time. 

For Who:

Medium  and  High level with racing experience

When: 3 training days  25-27 March

(before  Sailing Point Eater Regatta 28-31 March) 


The training is organized in YC Pirat - Jadralni klub Pirat
Obala 6A, 6320 Portorož-Portorose
(same  club that hosts Sailing Point Eater Regatta)

Coaches & Experts:   

Pavlo Dontsov, Santiago Lopez,  Claudio Demartis, Participation of Marcello Meringolo

Pavlo Dontsov: Internationally  recognized Optimist  coach  of Ukraine team and one of the last year’s most titled sailor Sviatoslav Madonich. During the last year Pavlo team has taken the highest podiums  and victories in all the most important  international regattas.

Santiago Lopez: One of the most experienced  coaches  working with many talented and  recognized sailors. Master’s degree in Sport Science, currently head coach  of the Helsingfors Segelklubb (Finland).

Claudio Demartis: Owner of CD Sails, founder of Olimpic Sails. Sailor of many successes at a national and international level, winner of 3 world championships. Sail making  experience  of more than 40 years,  vast technical knowledge of Optimist sailing equipment

Marcello Meringolo:Optimist coach since 1998.  Optimist coach of Italian National Team .  A coach who, results in hand, in the Optimist class landscape, is among one of the best in the world.

Work Program:

During the clinic the main exercises will focus on : 

- boat handling;
- speed tests;
- starts;
- races;

During the clinic we will work with the  boat handling and speed tests in the first days and race preparation in the last day. 

Work Organization:

Each training  day consists of trainings in water (approx.70%) and the classroom lessons with videos(approx.30%). Coaches will give clear indications and instructions  about main focus  points of each day  and excercises.

For the water sessions sailors will be divided in the groups according to their  improvement  areas/ experience level to assure the maximum personal attention to every sailor as well as group exercises. 

The days will be full from 8.30/9:00 until 18.30. 

The exact schedule and  hours will be communicated closer to date. 



We will organize the lunch and it is included in the price, so you don't have to worry about anything :)  Depending on the planning of the day and weather conditions, we will  foresee lunch on the shore or  pocket lunch in the water. 

If you have  any food intolerance, in this case  we kindly ask you to make sure  you have your appropriate food  with you. 


Optimist charter  boats:

It is possible to book fully equipped charter boats (except sail). Amount of available boats is limited, please, make sure you  book well in advance. 

Contacts for the charter boat booking : 

Massimo Giorgianni: +39 328 452 5731  | Pavlo Dontsov: +380 93 807 9428



385.00 Eur (all taxes included)  for the event  of 3 days with lunch included. 

Participants  will have a possibility to order the sail with 20% discount specially reserved for the  CD Academy (valid only for the  sail deliveries  during the Academy) . In this case please note in the registration  form the need for  'coaching+sail' and we will manage the order  and preparation of  your sail accordingly. 



Click here to fill the registration form Registration Academy 25-27 March 2024

The registration will be valid after  we  receive the payment  confirmation.  The payment confirmation can be uploaded  already in the registration form or  sent  later  in  the 

Payment details: 

SAILINGLAB s.s.d. ar.l.
Via Battisti, 21 , Muggia (TS) , Italy
P.IVA: IT 01391890322
IBAN: IT55J0306909606100000194096


For booking & more details: 

Email, call, whatsapp... whatever solution you prefer- we are here  for you  ;)
+ 39 327 7310725


! Important additional notes

- For sailors that are also participating in the Sailing Point Easter Regatta the club Hospitality Fee is included. The sailors that are not taking part in the Sailing Point Easter Regatta will be kindly asked  to pay a Hospitality Fee to the Club  8.00 Eur a day  per boat.  

- All boats must have a valid insurance and medical  certificate.

-For  organizational  and insurance  reasons ,  the   participation fee also  includes the  subscription of  each participant in Csen ( Italian Sports Education Association).  The  subscription  in  Csen lasts 1 year, it is important for the correct organization  of the sports events in Italy  and also offers the additional insurance  coverage for  incidents during the sports activities in the event. 

- Regatta coaching during the racing days  is not included and can be agreed  separately with a coach of interest.