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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 kid-friendly sailboats.

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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

Open to DCYC members and non-members

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  Bic Skiffs, RS Tera,  Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, and Club 420  - a double handed boat. 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. Knot tying is also taught.

Each Youth Sailor Must Pass DCYC's Basic Swim Skills Test in our Pool (Details Here)

Each Youth Sailor Must Provide & Wear His/Her Own USCG Approved PFD (Lifejacket)

As the sailors advance, they will  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 

Summer Sailing Camps during June & July

Lauren  sailing  DCYC's  Laser Radial on scenic Lake Lewisville 

Sailing in the DCYC harbor on a summer Saturday morning with Myles in the Opti and Coach John on the Laser.  Coach Ed (not pictured here) is in the DCYC's  motor-driven Chase Boat for safety and instruction.

Summer Sailing Camp on a light air morning sail.

All youth sailors must pass DCYC's basic swim skills assessment to participate in sailing class or sailing camp. 


The annual DCYC Pirates of the Corinthian Youth Regatta is scheduled for October 9-10, 2021.  Our Youth Sailing Program expects to have several youth sailors compete using DCYC's Optimists or Laser 4.7  boats. Our Sailing Coach determines if a youth sailor is ready to successfully race.  We plan to have a regatta prep. class in September 2021 for qualified sailors. Contact DCYC's Sailing Coach for inquiries. The Optimist Green Fleet is a fine opportunity for sailors with proven, yet basic, skills to race 'stress-free'.  (4/5/21)

Web page updated: 5 April 2021 

While we cannot predict  the health  status of  the USA  in  2021, the DCYC  Youth  Sailing  Program is committed to try to maintain  an  active  youth program in 2021, while hoping that  the Covid-19  Pandemic conditions become more favorable. 

We suggest that you check our Youth Sailing web pages periodically for updates. (Web page updated: 5 April  2021)

All youth sailors must pass DCYC's basic swim skills assessment to participate in sailing class or sailing camp.     

2021 Summer Sailing Camp Brochure  (and camp paperwork)


If Camp Session is Filled Get on Waitlist.  Good Chance More Slots May be Added.

Sailing Camp fee per child: 

Member: $175;  Non-Member: $225

June 7-11, 2021 Sailing Camp Registration  

June 21-25, 2021 Sailing Camp Registration

July 5-9, 2021 Sailing Camp Registration

July 19-23, 2021 Sailing Camp Registration

Let's all remain hopeful that the current and future pandemic, covid-19 conditions do not force DCYC to modify or postpone its 2021 youth sailing activities. We all want the children and the coaches to sail safely and healthy.  


Spring 2021 Saturday Sailing Classes April 24, May 1, 8, 15.

9:30 AM to 3:30 PM  Tuition just:  $120 DCYC members; $135 non-members for entire four-class program.

Sailing Classes Curriculum

Sailing Classes 2021 Brochure

 Spring Sailing Class Registration Open  (3/5/21)


Summary of  DCYC Youth Sailing Opportunities in 2021 

- Introduction to sailing session  (a single-day or weekend per your schedule) 

- Basic sailing classes sailed in single-handed dinghy -   Saturdays - Spring  2021

- Intermediate sailing classes -regatta preparation -  Saturdays - Fall 2021

- Single-family  sailing  mini-classes for eligible age  children with or without experience. Sailed in DCYC's youth, single-handed boats  Mini-class typically 3-4 consecutive days.  At least one parent attendance required.  (Limited Availability)

- Model sailboat races in pool, during camp or class, for instructional purposes and amusement & knot tying class same day (but 'knot' in pool)

- Customized Private Lessons (Limited Availability)

- Summer Sailing Camps - Four Sessions of Five-Days Each

Optimist Prams at the Starting Line in Green Fleet at Pirates Regatta 

Ed Henkel, Youth Sailing Coach  kw1720cc@gmail.com

John Pherson, Youth Sailing Coach pherson1@gmail.com

Ten-year-old sailing mini-class participant, Thomas,  on the Laser, Fall 2020

Artwork courtesy of one of our  mini- sailing class parents -2020

38 photo(s) Updated on: 15 Nov 2020
  • One of the DCYC Youth Sailing Chase Boats. The crew: Ms. Patty, sailing student - Marlie, and Coach Ed.
  • Ben continues to return to DCYC for a variety of Youth Program activities. Notice the scenic lake in the background.
  • 7-year-old Alexander enjoying a sail on a crisp fall day 2020. He learned to sail during our mini-classes.
  • Carter has sailed at several DCYC Youth Program activities over the past few years.
  • Pool time at DCYC Youth Summer Sailing Camp is always popular with the kids
  • Young Opti skipper during the Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta held annually at DCYC
  • A pack of Optimist prams from the Green Fleet (Beginners) rounding the first mark at the Pirates Regatta at DCYC.
  • Summer Sailing Camp pool time. Notice the spacious DCYC grounds and scenic views beyond the pool.
  • Happy Campers, Marlie, Myles, and Braylen with their sailing coaches inside the DCYC clubhouse.
  • DCYC Members, David and Dagny arranged an environmentally safe water balloon fight on the clubhouse lawn during summer camp.
  • Happy Campers at end of Summer Camp Session.
  • Carter and Ben having a snack with Ms. Patty, inside the clubhouse at DCYC
  • Carter, Thomas, and Ben - Opti Green Fleet Racers Extraordinaire ! Coach Ed proudly beaming in background
  • What can we say about the photo ? Hmmm.. close sailing quarters ?
  • Optimist Pram a broad reach during sailing class. Nice form, Thomas!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Harbor Sail
  • Summer Sailing Camp 2019
  • Left to Right: Jessica, Seth and Thomas get underway during 2019 Summer Camp
  • Summer Sailing Camp at DCYC is all about having a good time while learning to sail. Cupcakes and ice cream are rewards for a fine sailing effort by the campers.
  • Pool Time at Summer Camp 2019 . Left to Right: Ava Beth, Marlie, Jessica, Seth, Jason, Thomas, and Myles
  • 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.
  • Very cool photo of Thomas L. taken by , John P. 2019.

Ed Henkel  Youth Sailing Coach  kw1720cc@gmail.com

Coach Ed is a retired person with decades of sailing and sailboat racing experience from  lake racing to ocean passage sailing. He also serves on DCYC's Board of Governors. 

He has a keen sailing coach ability and lots of patience to help each child learn something about sailing during a DCYC Youth Sailing Program.  

Ed and Patty are long-tenured DCYC Members

John Pherson Youth Sailing Coach  pherson1@gmail.com

Coach John is an experienced sailor who usually sails a Catalina 25 keelboat or a Precision 15 day sailor. When not aboard the keelboat you can usually find him sailing with his young grandchildren.

John is also DCYC's Vice Commodore and has plenty of experience at DCYC's youth sailing programs. 

John and his wife, Tracy, are active members of DCYC and enjoy sharing time with their grandkids while at the club.

John and Ed manage the Youth Program at DCYC with help from staff and volunteers.  

DCYC's facility is located on the north end of Lewisville Lake -  in Oak Point, Texas. The lovely clubhouse, pool, harbor, and spacious grounds are set in a quiet, small town which  affords the youth sailor with opportunity to focus on fresh air, lovely scenery, and  on the sport of sailing.

The experienced, mature coaches are dedicated to boating safely while helping each child develop a love for sailing.  We want the kids to have plenty of  safe fun and we arrange our programs accordingly. 

Because we are on the north end of Lewisville  Lake it's fairly secluded and a whole lot less motorboat traffic.  Come and sail with DCYC's Youth Program. You'll be pleased that you did.

Saturday Youth Sailing Classes - Spring & Fall 2021 can be sailed on the scenic lake or in DCYC's spacious, sheltered harbor as pictured above.

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