The DCYC Beginner Sailing program is open to new sailors ages 8- 13 (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis). While this class is open to new sailors, those children with some experience are encouraged to apply because they will have an opportunity to improve their existing sailing proficiency. For experienced sailors/racers, Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club offers Intermediate/Advanced Classes.
Learn the Basics, Improve Existing Skills
The program focuses on developing basic sailing skills taught in Optimist Prams, O’pen Skiffs and/or Laser Radial.
The youth sailors will perfect the basics of rigging and sailing in straight lines on and off the wind; capsize recovery; identifying points of sail, how to leave and return to a dock, wind direction, and sail trim. They will begin to learn how to start a race and make their way around the race course and the responsibility of caring for the boats and equipment.
A Chance to Sail a Keelboat
Sometimes, during the class schedule, the children will have an opportunity to crew on a keelboat with their coaches to learn how it differs from a dinghy; how to tack a jib using winches; how to steer a keelboat on all points of sail; and how to adjust the main and jib sheets for proper sail trim.
This is a four - week program generally run on successive Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Classes are generally formed in the Spring and Fall sailing seasons in North Texas. These are sailing classes during which the primary focus is on learning to sail. It is different from DCYC’s sensational, summer sailing camps which tend be a balance between summertime fun and a relaxed sailing theme. The DCYC facility is located on the scenic shores of Lake Lewisville in Oak Point, Texas. Your child can apply for these programs on DCYC’s website. Open to DCYC members and non-members
Please check DCYC’s website www.dcyc.org for Beginner Sailing Class 2020 schedule.
Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club has club-owned sailboats available for sailing class students to use. The coach or coaches will be on-the-water providing guidance and safety from a motor-driven chase boat. Our coaches/Instructors are mature, patient, enthusiastic, safety-driven, highly experienced racers/cruisers. Safe boating and safe behavior at the Club is the top priority of all concerned. Our classes are relatively small to provide proper instruction to the young sailors. All students must pass DCYC’s swim skills test, and wear an approved PFD (life jacket) always when near the lake.
2020 Class Schedule
Spring 2020 May 2, 9, 16 & 30, 2020. Four Saturday Sessions
Fall 2020 ******Check back later for fall 2020 for dates ******