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DCYC Youth Sailing Program operated four summer sailing camps during June and July 2021. These popular programs were each quickly sold-out; camp size was typically eight young, beginner sailors. We did have a few experienced children participate. 

Check this webpage in 2022 for information about the next sailing camp series.

Spring  Saturday  Sailing Classes for 2021 Were Successful. Six Sailors were sailing. Four Were Beginners. Check back in 2022 for our next Spring Saturday Sailing Classes Program.

Fall Regatta Prep and Intermediate racing skills classes are typically held on Saturdays during September to provide our youth sailing program sailors with practical racing skills. This class is generally by invitation  to those children who have demonstrated good 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.

Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club is located on the north end of Lewisville Lake in Oak Point, TX. DCYC is a not-for-profit, member owned, volunteer-driven sailing organization.

DCYC Youth Sailing is available to DCYC members and  may be available to non-members by  registration and invitation through its youth sailing webpages.  This website and the Youth Sailing Principal Coach will help parents decide if enrollment of their child in a program is suitable. 

Each season DCYC Youth Sailing Program endeavors to conduct four summer sailing camps scheduled during June and July. Camp sessions operate Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The children sail solo in DCYC's kid-friendly boats such as Optimist pram and RS Tera. Sometimes we provide use of a slightly larger boat, the O'Pen Skiff (f.k.a. Bic) Often we do group sails on a larger centerboard boat or a medium-size keelboat.


Every Child Must Wear a Helmet While Sailing!

DCYC Youth Sailing Program wants your child to have a safe experience and while bumps on the head are not frequent  it may happen during sailing if a child’s head is unintentionally raised above the level of a boat’s boom, for example.  Parents could consider trying a well  fitting child’s bike helmet or the like.  

DCYC Youth Sailing Program feels really strongly and requires that you should not send your child to a youth sailing program without a helmet. 

Youth sailor learning to sail with the smaller "RAD" Optimist sail rig. Notice his good sailing form and the helmet he's wearing.

Come sail on the scenic, uncrowded lake at DCYC in Oak Point, Texas. We're located on the north end of Lake Lewisville - away from the crowded marinas  and noisy motorboats. Our spacious grounds, refreshing pool, and protected harbor afford a fine venue and opportunity to enjoy a wondrous sailing adventure.

The 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;  however, if they have proven, verified sailing skills we may be able to permit use of our larger boat - Laser  4.7 or Laser Radial, a performance sailboat for one person. The principal sailing coach will help the parent decide and will make the final decision of acceptance for camp/class.

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 demonstrated & practiced.

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

Each Youth Sailor must provide his/her own PFD & helmet  and must  wear both  while sailing.  

DCYC provides sailboats for its camps and classes. 

Summer Sailing Camps during June & July

Sailing in the DCYC Harbor -   Spring Saturday Sailing Classes

Summer Sailing Camp on a light air morning sail.

Long-time Youth Sailing Coach, Ed, has  retired  (10/2021) from DCYC's Youth Sailing Program, but we do expect to occasionally  see Coach Ed out at DCYC.

DCYC has not yet announced a Youth Sailing Coach for 2022. 

New RS Tera Youth Sailboats (photo below)  have  arrived at DCYC 


Link to Texas Sailing Association

TSA: txsail.org


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

Pirates of the Corinthian Regatta (Annual Event)

This is a major youth sailing event. 

The annual DCYC Pirates of the Corinthian Youth Regatta, sponsored by DCYC and under the auspices of the Texas Sailing Association.  It is typically is scheduled for October.

At the 2021 event DCYC had four youth sailing program sailors aged 8-11 successfully compete in the strong breeze,  two-day event  Our youth sailing program expects to have several youth sailors compete each year using DCYC's Optimists.  

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.  

Spring Sailing Class Sailors (above)

Summer Sailing Camp on-the-Lake (below)

Group sail w/ coach  aboard Precision 15 in 2021. Each young sailor practices steering and trimming the sails. (below)

To Helmet or not to Helmet?

DCYC Youth Sailing Program wants your child to have a safe experience and while bumps on the head are rare it may happen during sailing if a child’s head is unintentionally raised above the level of a boat’s boom, for example. When I started sailing decades ago nobody wore helmets; today we are seeing them more. I wouldn’t want you to go out right away and spend big bucks on a sport specific helmet (until you're ready), but you might consider trying a well fitting child’s bike helmet or the like.  It’s your choice, but I think it makes good sense to give it a try. - Coach Ed  

26 photo(s) Updated on: 24 Jul 2021
  • Learning to steer a 32' keelboat on the last afternoon of a summer camp session is always a big hit with the campers
  • Sometimes a parent will join the sailing camp big boat cruise with his child. These are happy campers.
  • Experienced summer camp sailor aboard RS Tera
  • Happy Sailing Campers riding in chase boat in DCYC harbor.
  • Learning to sail during 2021 summer sailing camp at DCYC
  • Optimist pram with beginner sailor 2021
  • RS Tera with a reefed mainsail makes easier and safer sailing for this beginner sailor at sailing camp. It was fairly windy this day once the skipper reached the more open harbor area.
  • Leaving the dock properly is part of the skills the sailing campers must learn. This eight year old has things well in hand as he makes an adjustment to his mainsheet before proceeding out to harbor.
  • These happy campers were helping Coach while dock landings were practiced by the other campers n their sailboats.
  • One of DCYC's volunteer sailing coaches assists a young sailor prepare his boat. Motorized safety chase boat in background.
  • Sailing Camper Mom during June 2021 Camp
  • June 2021 Sailing Campers and a mom during big boat sail day
  • Sailing Camper June 2021 on Big Boat Sail Day
  • Coach John and the Summer Sailing Camp Sailors during model boat regatta.
  • DCYC Saturday morning Spring Basic Sailing Class. One sailor aboard the RS Tera and four aboard the Precision 15 with the Coach.
  • Saturday Sailing Class for Beginners. Each young sailor practiced steering at the tiller and trimming the jib sheets.
  • RS Tera on a very breezy Saturday morning- Spring 2021
  • Spring 2021 Saturday Sailing Class
  • First Solo Sail during Spring 2021 Saturday Sailing Class
  • Happy Beginner Sailor- Spring 2021
  • Sailing Class Staff Out for a Sail aboard Club 420 - Spring 2021
  • A little friendly competition during June 2020 Mini-Class.
  • Pool Time at Summer Camp
  • Sailing Camp Sailors Getting Underway as Coach's Chase Boat Coaches

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