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The Youth Sailing Program aims to teach the art of sailing to young sailors and, for those who are  interested, introduce them to sailboat racing. The youth sailors learn on the club-owned fleet of Optimist Prams, Laser Radial and O'pen Skiffs. We often have the children crew on a keelboat during our camp or sailing class. 


Programs are coached by our mature, experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors/racers.

Highlights include: 

  • Beginner and Intermediate Sailing Classes
  • Summer Camp session during June and July at DCYC on the scenic shores of Lake Dallas in Oak Point, Texas
  • Periodic practice sessions, sailing opportunities & clinics
  • Private or semi - private sailing lessons or coaching may be available
 Contact:        Youth Sailing Coach/Instructor,  Ed:          kw1720cc@gmail.com
    - or- Youth Sailing Director,  James :     jamesofreedman@gmail.com

DCYC youth sailing is open to both new sailors and to the intermediate level sailor -  ages  8 to  15  (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis). 

The program focuses on developing or improving basic sailing skills which are taught in Optimist Prams, O'Pen Skiffs ( f.k.a.  Open Bic) and/or Laser Radial.  The kids will perfect the basics of rigging and sailing in straight lines on and off the wind; capsize recovery; identifying points of sail, wind direction and sail trim.  They will  learn how to start a race and make their way around the race course. On the water safety is the top priority and practiced at all times; care and proper use of boats and equipment is taught.

As the sailors advance, they will be focus on improving boat handling skills; should be able to sail in stronger winds;   better understand wind shifts; and develop strategies for racing.

When the youth sailor is ready,  he/she typically progresses to a Laser, FJ or 420.  These are used by many high school and collegiate teams and at Texas Sailing Assoc. (TSA)  circuit events.  

DCYC provides sailboats for its camps and classes. 

View a Story and Photos about DCYC Sailing Camp

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, DCYC has canceled all 2020 Youth Sailing Classes. The health and safety of the children, coaches, parents, and staff is paramount during this difficult time. We regret the situation and any disappointment the children may have. (8/12/20)


 2020  Youth Sailing Classes Canceled

26 photo(s) Updated on: 29 Jun 2020
  • Thomas adroitly handling the Opti during June 2020 mini class. Winds were 20 MPH with higher gusts.
  • Thomas and Alexander on a windy day during June 2020 mini class. Note the RAD Opti sail used during big breezes.
  • Fall 2019 Youth Sailing Class: David & Gabriela
  • Thomas and Alexander during a June 2020 mini-class
  • Myles on a warm summer day June 2020.
  • Three on a Laser ? You Bet ! Coach John and his grand kids June 2020
  • Harbor sailing in light air during mini-class June 2020 by Rosalie, Ben & Carter
  • First Solo Sail by Rosalie. June 2020
  • Decent breeze for youth sailor, Carter. June 2020 mini-class.
  • Rick and Rosalie trying out the DCYC Laser June 2020 mini-class
  • A little friendly competition during June 2020 Mini-Class. Carter is windward Optimist and Ben is in leeward Optimist
  • Rick & Rosalie's introduction to Laser sailing during Mini-Class, June 2020
  • Summer Sailing Camp 2019
  • Left to Right: Jessica, Seth and Thomas get underway during 2019 Summer Camp
  • Pool Time at Summer Camp 2019 . Left to Right: Ava Beth, Marlie, Jessica, Seth, Jason, Thomas, and Myles
  • July 2019 Summer Campers with coaches John & Ed. Front Row : Ava Beth & Thomas. Back Row: Seth, Jason and Jessica. Ed's the old guy with the ball cap.
  • Coach Ed with Thomas's parent, Mrs. M. L. during the Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta at DCYC October 2019
  • Sailing Camp, Summer 2019
  • Cup cakes and ice cream at final day of a sailing camp session. 2019. Marlie, Patty, Braylen and Myles.
  • Coach Ed with the DCYC Optimist Green Fleeters at Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta, 2019. Left to Right: Carter, Thomas, Ben
  • Very cool photo of Thomas L. taken by , John P. 2019.

Fall Youth Sailing Classes canceled

 Saturday Youth Sailing Classes - Fall 2020


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