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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. 

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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





Youth sailors are required to pass the basic swim skills test at DCYC to participate in summer camp and/or sailing classes. Parents, please refer to the camp procedures and policies brochure. See link below. 

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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 July 6-10 Camp           

Register for the July 13-17 Camp

Register for July 20-24 Camp

2020 Camp Sessions are sold-out. 

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Fall 2020 Saturday Youth Sailing Classes

Member: - $125.00

Non-Member: $150.00

Saturday September 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, & Saturday October 3, 2020

View the DCYC Youth Saturday Sailing Class Details, Procedures & Policies

View the DCYC Youth Saturday Sailing Class Curriculum

Register for 2020  Fall Saturday Sailing Classes  (Now Available) 5/13/20




25 photo(s) Updated on: 17 Nov 2019
  • Summer Sailing Camp July 2019 Water Balloon "Fight"
  • David and Gabriela with their Basic Sailing Class 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
  • Coach John shot this starting line photo at the Pirates Regatta.
  • Nice Shades, 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.


DCYC has four Optimist Prams available for use in the Opti Green Fleet at the 2020 Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta- Oct. 10-11, 2020. These will be made available to qualified youth sailors who have successfully completed a DCYC sailing class or  DCYC summer camp. DCYC youth sailing coach will determine if youth sailor is qualified to participate in the Regatta. No charge to use DCYC boat. Separate Regatta Entry Fee likely required. 

 Saturday Youth Sailing Classes - Fall 2020

Saturday September 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26 & Saturday October 3, 2020






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