DCYC is a member owned, volunteer driven sailing club located on the scenic shores of Lewisville Lake in Oak Point, Texas. The Youth Sailing Program in 2023 is open to DCYC members, invited guests, and some referrals. Suggested ages are 8-13 with reasonable exceptions considered.
Schedule for 2023 Youth Summer Sailing Camps:
Camp # 1 Monday June 5 to Friday June 9, 2023, 0900-1600 daily
Camp # 2 Monday June 12 to Friday June 16, 2023, 0900-1600 daily
DCYC Members have booking priority. These camps are very popular and always sell-out quickly. Watch this website in early 2023 for registration information.
Spring 2023 Introduction to Sailing & Sailing Classes
Youth Sailing expects to conduct a series of Spring, Saturday basic sailing skills classes. This program will introduce a beginner sailor to the wonders of sailing. It will also afford the experienced or lightly experienced sailor an opportunity to continue his/her sailing development.
Tentative dates are Saturday April 29, 2023, May 6, May 13 (and a group make-up day [if necessary] reserved for May 20, 2023). Session times: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No experience required. Yet, we welcome and encourage children with experience to also participate in this sailing program. Class size is limited. Classes will be sailed in our Optimist prams and RS Tera sailboats.
The DCYC Youth Sailing Program focuses on developing or improving basic sailing
skills which are taught in smaller kid-friendly sailboats- primarily the
Optimist pram. The young sailors will
learn 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.
Some older, larger- sized children may not be suitable for
the smaller youth sailing boats. The principal sailing coach will help the
parent decide and will make the final decision of acceptance for camp/class.
For 2023, Youth Sailing Fleet is Optimist prams, RS Tera and an O'Pen Skiff (f.k.a. Bic). Often, we will sail a P-15 Sloop that has two sails and can take several crew members.
2023 Regatta Prep and Intermediate racing skills classes are typically held on Saturday mornings during September & October to enhance our youth sailing program sailors’ racing skills. This class is by invitation to those children who have demonstrated reasonable sailing skills and plan to compete in the Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta. The Youth Sailing Coach will help parents decide when a child is ready to enter a regatta and participate in these fall classes. The Classes are taught in Optimist class sailboats and/or RS Tera sailboats. DCYC had six youth sailors compete in the 2022 Pirates Regatta in October 2022. Three children were first timers. All six of the sailors' sailing skills were developed through participation in DCYC Youth Sailing Programs. Let's get your child ready for Pirates Regatta 2023!
The annual DCYC Pirates of the Corinthian Youth Regatta, sponsored by DCYC and under the auspices of the Texas Sailing Association is a major youth sailing event and wildly popular with the kids and parents and coaches. The 2023 event will probably be in October 2023 [Date: TBA] Registration is via the Texas Sailing Association website.
The Optimist Green Fleet is a fine opportunity for sailors with proven sailing & boat handling skills to get some sailboat racing experience. The Red, White, or Blue Fleets are for age-specified experienced racers.
On the water safety is the top priority; care and proper use
of boats and equipment is taught. Knot tying is demonstrated & practiced. Basic Sailing Rules-of-the-road are explained to beginner sailors. We sail in our protected, spacious harbor and we sail out on the lake in moderate winds.
Two of our experienced youth sailors practicing a little match racing.