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youth Program

The Youth Sailing Program aims to teach the art of sailing to young sailors and, for those who are  interested, introduce them to sailboat racing. The youth sailors learn on the club-owned fleet of Optimist Prams, Laser Radial and O'pen Skiffs. We often have the children crew on a keelboat during our camp or sailing class sessions. 

Programs are coached by our mature, experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors/racers.

Highlights include: 

  • Beginner and Intermediate Sailing Classes
  • Summer Camp session during June and July at DCYC on the scenic shores of Lake Dallas in Oak Point, Texas
  • Periodic practice sessions, sailing opportunities & clinics
  • Private or semi - private sailing lessons or coaching may be available For More Information or Questions Contact: Youth Sailing Coach/Instructor:  Ed H.          kw1720cc@gmail.com
  • Open to  DCYC Members & Non-members  Youth Sailing Director: James F.               jamesofreedman@gmail.com


DCYC youth sailing is open to both new sailors and to the intermediate level sailor -  ages  8 to  15  (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis). 

Open to  DCYC Members & Non-members

The program focuses on developing or improving basic sailing skills which are taught in Optimist Prams, O'Pen Skiffs ( f.k.a.  Open Bic) and/or Laser Radial.  The kids will perfect 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.  They will  learn how to start a race and make their way around the race course. On the water safety is the top priority and practiced at all times; care and proper use of boats and equipment is taught.

Curriculum for DCYC Youth Sailing Classes; what the children will learn:


As the sailors advance, they will be focus on improving boat handling skills; should be able to sail in stronger winds;   better understand wind shifts; and develop strategies for racing.

When the youth sailor is ready,  he/she typically progresses to a Laser, FJ or 420.  These are used by many high school and collegiate teams and at Texas Sailing Assoc. (TSA)  circuit events.  

DCYC provides sailboats for its camps and classes. 

View a Story and Photos about DCYC Sailing Camp




Lucija Ruzevic

Lucija Ruzevic started her sailing career under the tutelage of Coach Kelly Holmes-Moon within our Youth program.

She was the Texas State Champion for the 4.7s in 2017, then Texas State Champion for the Radial lasers in 2018.  In both 2017 and 2018, Lucija was invited by the Croatian National Sailing team to sail with their team in the Radial Youth European Championship.  She is currently training with the Gulf Coast Youth Sailing Association, the premiere youth laser program in the country. After placing second in the Worlds Qualifiers, Lucija was invited to participate in the US Sailing's Olympic Development Program.  

DCYC is deeply proud of Lucija for her fierce competitive spirit, her commitment to her sport, and her sense of sportsmanship.


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