DCYC Youth Sailing is open in 2023 to Members, invited guests, and some referrals. We welcome your age-appropriate child or grandchild to participate in DCYC Youth Sailing activities in 2023. Suggested ages are 8-13 with reasonable exceptions optimistically considered. No experience necessary. Child’s body-size is an important factor in determining suitability for operation of DCYC’s kid-friendly sailboats. All participants must swim well enough to meet DCYC’s basic swim skills assessment.  (See link to swim details brochure.)

DCYC continues to grow and improve its Youth Sailing Program. Over the past year or so we have added five new Optimist sailboats and four new RS Tera sailboats to our existing fleet. For 2023
we expect to have ten Optimists, four RS Tera, and one O’pen Skiff [Bic]. Youth Sailing is grateful to Dallas Corinthian Education Foundation (DCEF) and to DCYC for the generous financial support that makes boats & boat equipment acquisition possible.

Send Coach an email to make an enrollment/reservation or be added to a Waitlist. On-line registration not required. email Coach:

Summer Camps & Sailing Class Will Sell Out!

Availability as of March 27, 2023, is:


Spring Saturday Classes: [Waitlist Open]

Summer Sailing Camp # 1: [Waitlist Open]

Summer Sailing Camp # 2: One Opening

Once an event is sold-out send an email to Coach at to be added to a waitlist.  

Schedule for 2023 Youth Summer Sailing Camps:


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


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

Payment not due until first day of the respective program event.  Please bring a check payable to DCYC along with the completed registration/release paperwork to first day of camp and/or sailing class. Please no cash, credit cards or club billing (chits), thank you for supporting DCYC Youth Sailing.

Summer Sailing Camp Brochure Link

 Send Coach an email to make reservation or be added to a Waitlist. On-line registration not required. email Coach:

DCYC, with tree-rich, spacious grounds and air-conditioned clubhouse, is conveniently located in Oak Point, Texas on the scenic shores of Lewisville Lake. We're on the northern part of the lake and it tends to be less crowded and less motorboat traffic. Our refreshing pool is well-liked by all of the summer camp sailors.  Access to the secured club grounds, clubhouse, and facilities is provided to participants during Youth Sailing Programs. 

We like teaching kids to sail and have fine staff, boats, and equipment to make your participation in a junior sailing event rewarding.

Spring Saturday Sailing Classes begin April 29, 2023. 

As of March 7, 2023, the April/May sailing class is sold-out, but we are accepting requests to be added to the Waitlist. Send an email to Coach at to be added to the Waitlist. 

Release and Registration paperwork will be sent in early April to the confirmed participants. Payment not due until first day of the Saturday Sailing Class.

Youth Sailing will 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. 

What to Bring to Saturday Spring Sailing Classes Link       (new)

Spring Sailing Classes Brochure Link

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. 

Coach Ed is a retired person who has been a DCYC Youth Sailing Volunteer for many years; he's a life-long sailor and enjoys teaching sailing to kids. Coach may be reached at: 

Parents and/or grandparents are welcome to stay and help or just observe during any of our youth sailing programs.  

Below photo of one of DCYC's RS Tera youth trainer sailboats. Boat can be sailed by one or two children.

Link to Swim Skills Assessment 

In 2023, we expect to conduct Occasional Sailing Opportunities, Friday “home schoolers’ sessions, other ad. hoc DCYC sailing sessions. Contact Coach for information. Schedule for these sessions is typically made on relatively short notice. 

Volunteers always welcome & wanted for DCYC Youth Programs. Contact Coach for details:

VOLUNTEERS WANTED! Contact Coach for details:

2023 DCYC Youth Fleet Photo Link

Photo below of a sailing class in the P-15 sloop "Mr. Myles ", with Coach aboard.  This was sailing at its windy best.  Each young sailor learned to trim sails and steer a straight course using the tiller. They practiced tacking the boat and learned the importance of crew position upon the boat's balance.

2023 Fall 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.

Fall Regatta Prep & Racing Classes Brochure Link

Youth Sailing Stuff to Consider: 

Safety of each child & each DCYC staff is top priority. 

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 RS Tera.  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. 

Parents and Grandparents are welcome to stay and observe and/or help [with the boats and other things] during Sailing Camp and Sailing Class. We like having your interest/ involvement and you'll have a rewarding experience. 

All participants must swim well enough to meet DCYC’s basic swim skills assessment, must wear a suitable helmet [such as a bike helmet] and a USCG approved PFD whilst sailing. A registration & release document will be provided for review and signing prior to each program event. Fees are due on the first day of a program payable by check to DCYC. Not cash, credit cards, or club chits (sorry). 


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. 

The annual Pirates of the Corinthian 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, basic sailing & boat handling skills to get some sailboat racing experience. The Red, White, or Blue Fleets are for age-specified experienced racers. 

Let's get your child ready for Pirates Regatta 2023!  Contact coach for details.  Kids will need to be able to sail upwind, tacking crisply without getting stuck 'in irons'. This skill could be learned during our summer camps and sailing classes.

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. 


An important word to parents: 

Seriously parents, if the child is not really interested in learning sailing basics, he/she should not be sent to DCYC summer sailing camp or sailing class. Disinterest causes many problems for the child, DCYC Youth Program, and its staff.  


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