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Youth Sailing Class Program for Fall 2019

  • 26 Oct 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • DCYC Clubhouse

Registration is now full for this class.

(Prepared by Edward Henkel)
Youth Sailing Class Program for Fall 2019 at Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club
Classes are on Saturdays Commencing September 21, 2019

Located on the scenic shores of Lake Dallas, Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club (DCYC) proudly announces its 2019 sailing class schedule for aspiring young sailors. This exciting, new offering from DCYC is designed for beginning sailors with some experience such as from one of DCYC’s Summer Sailing Camps, previous exposure to sailing, or perhaps no experience at all. All participants must know how to swim and tread water 1 and must always wear an approved PFD (life jacket) when near the lake. Class size is limited to ensure that each sailor receives appropriate sailing instructor attention. Suggested Ages 8-12*.

Class Session 1 Saturday 9/21/19
Class Session 2 Saturday 9/28/19
Class Session 3 Saturday 10/19/19
Class Session 4 Saturday 10/26/19

All classes start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end at approximately 3:30 p.m.

October 5, 2019: DCYC Terlingua-in-Exile Regatta – Students are encouraged to participate in the regatta by crewing on a keelboat. Your instructor will assist in arranging a crewing position, if wanted. This day’s sailing is optional as there are no sailing classes scheduled.

October 12-13, 2019: Pirates of the Corinthian Youth Regatta – Students are welcome to come see the junior sailors compete in the annual regatta. DCYC's annual junior regatta is part of the Texas Sailing Association racing circuit. Class students, who have demonstrated sufficient proficiency, are encouraged to use one of DCYC’s Optimist Class sailboats and participate in the Pirates of the Corinthian Youth Regatta. This weekend’s sailing is optional as there are no sailing classes scheduled. Separate regatta entry fee may be required.

Key Sailing Camp FAQ’s:

  • Maximum class size of six with a minimum of four sailors required for class formation
  • Sail training curriculum is progressive and builds on prior week’s skills
  • Program fee payable to DCYC is: DCYC Member $110 and for non-member $135 per student
  • Parent must read, complete and sign the registration documents
  • Contact Youth Sailing Director James Freedman at jamesofreedman@gmail.com
  • Most of the students’ time will be spent in the boats on the lake
  • There will be some class-time spent at the DCYC clubhouse
  • Inclement weather cancelations of any class or classes will be re-scheduled at direction of DCYC
  • No Refunds or exchanges once registration is accepted by DCYC
  • Students need to bring lunch, towel, sun block, appropriate sailing clothing and closed-toe shoes
  • DCYC will provide water and Gatorade to ensure regular, commonsense hydration
  • Full payment due on first day of class

Just what will the young sailors will be learning?

  • Safety on the boat
  • Capsize and recovery (lake water temperature will determine extent of any emersion)
  • How to follow program and harbor rules and how be safety conscious
  • PFD check by student and by instructor
  • Sun protection, proper hydration, and appropriate sailing clothing
  • Emergency bad weather actions (no-go if thunder, high winds, or lightning, etc.)
  • Sailing rules-of-the-road to avoid boat collisions
  • How to bail while sailing or heave-to (resting)
  • Boat rigging and de-Rigging
  • Parts of a sailboat
  • Knot Tying
  • Square knot, bowline, cleat tying, clove-hitch, figure eight, and half-hitches
  • Points of sail
  • Upwind or close-hauled
  • Reaching and Running
  • Where’s the wind coming from?
  • Heave to
  • Sail trim and centerboard positioning for each point of sailing
  • Boat handling skills
  • Straight and level sailing
  • Tacking & Gybing
  • Leaving and returning to the dock
  • Maintain proper body position and weight placement in the boat
  • Hold the tiller and mainsheet correctly and proper tiller movement; mainsheet trimming
  • Avoid luffing/no-go zone-keep the sail full
  • Racing
  • Starting line, starting on-time, finding clear air
  • Mark rounding
  • Starting signal sounds
  • Good sportsmanship on the race course
  • Sail adjustments such as boom vang, outhaul and sprit halyard
  • Bailing while sailing
  • Penalty turns such as 360-degree turn
  • Racing rules and sailing instructions
  • Committee boat (RC) actions
*Pool water temperature will determine extent of student’s swimming skills demonstration
*Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis

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