"Kids that young need to be encouraged in terms of realizing the fun involved," says Coleman, the manager at McLaughlin Optimist. "And that's my main goal, to make sure that the last-place kid has as much fun as the first."
He has an ulterior motive. Coleman also covers the basics of safety, sportsmanship, rigging, and the racing rules. He conducts an instructional session each morning before racing, drawing on what he might've seen on the water the previous day. He outlines plans for the upcoming day, using diagrams to show the sailors where they will be racing and what the course will look like.