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youth Program

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 sessions. 

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). 

Open to  DCYC Members & Non-members

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 National Public Health Crisis all Youth Sailing Activities  at DCYC during April and May 2020 are Canceled. 

Questions ? Youth Sailing Coach, Ed Henkel:   kw1720cc@gmail.com

2020  Summer Sailing Camp Schedule and Information: 

Member: - $170.00

Non-Member: $220.00

View the DCYC Summer Camp details, procedures, and policies. 

Register for June 8-12 Camp

Register for June 22-26 Camp

Register for July 6-10 Camp

Register for July 20-24 Camp

Due to the National Public Health Crisis all Youth Sailing Activities  at DCYC during April and May 2020 are Canceled. 

Upcoming Sessions

38 photo(s) Updated on: 17 Nov 2019
  • Summer Sailing Camp July 2019 Water Balloon "Fight"
  • David and Gabriela with their Basic Sailing Camp Certificates. October 2019
  • Summer Sailing Camp 2019
  • Myles "chillin' out in the stern of his Opti during June 2019 Summer Camp
  • Left to Right: Jessica, Seth and Thomas get underway during 2019 Summer Camp
  • That's Jason in Optimist No. 4698- Summer Camp 2019
  • Pool Time at Summer Camp 2019 . Left to Right: Ava Beth, Marlie, Jessica, Seth, Jason, Thomas, and Myles
  • Ice Cream and Cupcake treats courtesy of Miss Patty at final day of August 2019 Sailing Camp . Left is Carter, Right is Ben.
  • 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
  • Thomas L. between green fleet races at the Pirates Regatta.
  • Coach John shot this starting line photo at the Pirates Regatta.
  • DCYC's Ben and Carter setting up for another race start.
  • Nice Shades, Carter !
  • Big crowd at the weather mark October 2019 Pirates Regatta at DCYC
  • Light air concentration indeed, Carter
  • Thomas's focus on boat speed is legendary
  • 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.

Lucija Ruzevic

Lucija Ruzevic started her sailing career under the tutelage of Coach Kelly Holmes-Moon within our Youth program.

She was the Texas State Champion for the 4.7s in 2017, then Texas State Champion for the Radial lasers in 2018.  In both 2017 and 2018, Lucija was invited by the Croatian National Sailing team to sail with their team in the Radial Youth European Championship.  She is currently training with the Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association, the premiere youth laser program in the country. After placing second in the Worlds Qualifiers, Lucija was invited to participate in the US Sailing's Olympic Development Program.  

DCYC is deeply proud of Lucija for her fierce competitive spirit, her commitment to her sport, and her sense of sportsmanship.

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