DCYC Members with children and grandchildren 

and Friends of DCYC Youth Sailing Program

We welcome your age-appropriate child or grandchild participation in DCYC Youth Sailing activities in 2023. Kids really like the sailing fun so contact us here at kw and we'll answer your junior sailing questions. You may also refer to us an age-appropriate, non-member child you may know. Why not come volunteer at a Youth sailing activity in 2023? It's a most rewarding experience. 


That's worth repeating, folks: Why not come volunteer at a Youth Sailing activity in 2023?  It’s a most rewarding experience. Send Coach Ed an email at He’s responsive. 

DCYC is a member owned, volunteer-driven sailing club located on the scenic shores of Lewisville Lake in Oak Point, Texas.  The Youth Sailing Program in 2023 is open to DCYC members, invited guests, and some referrals. Contact Coach if you have DCYC Youth Program eligibility questions. Suggested ages are 8-13 with reasonable exceptions optimistically and cheerfully considered. Child's body-size is an important factor to determine suitability for DCYC's youth sailboats. 

For important safety reasons ALL sailors must know how to swim well enough to meet our basic swim skills assessment. 

Basic Swim Skill Assessment Detail click 

On-line registration not required. Just send Coach an email to enroll your child. 

Schedule for 2023 Youth Summer Sailing Camps:

Camp # 1   Monday June 5 to Friday June 9, 2023, 0900-1600 daily

As of 24 January 2023:

Camp # 1 is 60% Sold

Camp # 2 has many openings. Why not select Camp # 2?

Camp # 2   Mon. June 12 to Friday June 16, 2023, 0900-1600 daily

DCYC Members have booking priority.  These camps are very popular and always sell-out quickly. 

2023 Summer Sailing Camps Brochure click here

Coach Ed:

Spring 2023 Introduction to Sailing & Experienced Sailing Classes

Youth Sailing expects to conduct a series of Spring, Saturday basic sailing skills classes. This program will introduce a beginner sailor to the wonders of sailing. It will also afford the experienced or lightly experienced sailor an opportunity to continue his/her sailing development. 

Dates are Saturday April 29, 2023, May 6, May 13 (and a group make-up day [if necessary] reserved for May 20, 2023).  Session times: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No experience required. Yet, we welcome and encourage children with experience to also participate in this sailing program.  Class size is limited. Classes will be sailed in our Optimist prams and RS Tera sailboats. 

 Saturday Sailing Classes 2023 Brochure 

The DCYC Youth Sailing 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. The principal sailing coach will help the parent decide and will make the final decision of acceptance for camp/class. 

For 2023, Youth Sailing Fleet is Optimist prams, RS Tera and an O'Pen Skiff (f.k.a. Bic). Often, we will sail a P-15 Sloop that has two sails and can take several crew members. 

Photo Page of 2023 DCYC Youth Sailing Fleet

2023 Regatta Prep and Intermediate racing skills classes are typically held on Saturday mornings during September & October to enhance our youth sailing program sailors’ racing skills. This class is by invitation to those children who have demonstrated reasonable 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. The Classes are taught in Optimist class sailboats and/or RS Tera sailboats.   DCYC had six youth sailors compete in the 2022 Pirates Regatta in October 2022. Three children were first timers. All six of the sailors' sailing skills were developed through participation in DCYC Youth Sailing Programs. Let's get your child ready for Pirates Regatta 2023!  

Brochure for Fall Regatta Prep Classes 

The annual DCYC Pirates of the Corinthian Youth Regatta, sponsored by DCYC and under the auspices of the Texas Sailing Association is a major youth sailing event and wildly popular with the kids and parents and coaches.  The 2023 event is October 14-15,2023.  Registration just for this event is via the Texas Sailing Association website.

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. 

Link to Texas Sailing Association

On the water safety is the top priority; care and proper use of boats and equipment is taught. Knot tying is demonstrated & practiced.  Basic Sailing Rules-of-the-road are explained to beginner sailors. We sail in our protected, spacious harbor and we sail out on the lake in moderate winds.  

 Experienced Youth Sailors Practicing Match Racing Skills
Beginner Sailors at Summer Sailing Camp out on the Lake
Four Optimist Sailboats Getting a Tow out to the Lake Looking for Some Gentle Breezes

Summer Sailing Camp on a Warm June Day
Pirates of the Corithian Regatta Green Fleet Sailors
Saturday Spring Sailing Class Beginners First Solo Sail in the Harbor
Long-time sailor and Youth Sailing Coach, Ed, has volunteered to assist with the youth sailing program in 2023. A staff of skilled sailors and counsellors is generally on hand for our programs. 

Youth Sailing Coach:

Expert dinghy sailor and experienced youth coach Matt H. is a core volunteer member of the 2023 Youth Sailing Program at DCYC.  Some DCYC Members are part-time volunteers; youth camp/class counsellors, under the supervision of the Principal Youth Coach, provide guidance, instruction, and safety monitoring during our youth sailing programs.

This is a family-friendly program where the parent's involvement is important. Parents are welcome to stay and help or observe at any of our junior sailing activities. 

DCYC Youth Sailing Program proudly announces the addition of five brand-new Optimist sailboats.  Funding for this acquisition was generously provided by Dallas Corithian Education Foundation (DCEF) and DCYC. The new boats are 2022-23 models manufactured to rigid one-design USODA standards by McLaughlin Boat Works in Chattanooga, TN. Youth Sailing now has ten Optimists in its youth fleet.