The DCYC youth sailing camp is a five-day session available to beginning sailors and to those with existing sailing skills. Camp is open to DCYC members and non-members subject to availability. Suggested ages: from 8 to 15. (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis)
The Camp Program:
Sailing Camp at DCYC is all about summertime fun with a focus on sailing. Our instructors are skilled dinghy and keelboat racing sailors with youth sailing training experience. Whilst ample time to enjoy our refreshing pool and engage in sailing camp-themed activities & lawn games ashore is provided, the instructors will ensure that the on-the-water part of the program focuses on developing sailing skills to include boat handling, seamanship, and safety-at-sea. Campers will sail in Optimist Prams, RS Tera, Laser 4.7, O’pen Bic Skiffs, & Club 420. The kids will learn how to rig and de-rig the boats, sail away from the dock, and to return safely. Recovery from a capsize is also taught. The youth sailors will be reminded regularly to liberally re-apply sun block, stay hydrated, encouraged to wear a hat, and take other smart sun-protection precautions. We’ll attempt to do a group sail on a member’s keelboat and/or large dinghy such as a Precision 15.
And there’s more?
DCYC offers sailing classes throughout each year for beginning & intermediate youth sailors. See our website for available classes and other sailing opportunities.
Sailing can be a life-long activity.
When the youth sailor is ready, they typically progress to a Laser or a 420, or an FJ. These are used by many high school and collegiate teams and at TSA sailing circuit events. They are designed for those older kids that have outgrown smaller boats.
DCYC provides all the sailboats for its summer camp program. Instructors provide guidance and safety from an engine driven chase boat.
Please read the summer camp brochure on DCYC website for full details.
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