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For ages 8 to 18 (3 levels of classes)
Learn to sail from scratch, improve existing skills or hone racing skills
Compete with classmates and sailors from other clubs
DYC supplies the boats, equipment, and instructors

2018 Sailing Classes – Beginners, Advanced and Racing Team
The DYC Jr. Sailing program offers 3 levels of instruction, Beginning, Advanced and Racing.
The program is affiliated with the DRYA (Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association) and U.S. Sailing.
Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis and approval of the Jr. Sailing Director for the Advanced and Racing Team classes.

All sailors must have a life jacket, pass a swimming test, and sign the Code of Conduct.


2018 DRYA Junior River Championships:  

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The DYC has a fleet of instruction/safety power boats, O'pen Bic, Optimist, 420, and Laser sailboats in the program.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Sergei Lie:  313-319-7325 
or call the DYC at 313 824 1200 ext 232 

Available Classes:

Beginning Sailing class is targeted for the beginner sailor. Students will start from scratch learning the basics of sailing. wind direction, points of sail, tacking, jibing and right-of-way rules will be fundamental topics of the course. Careful emphasis will be given to insure that students become comfortable in both skippering and crewing roles. Boats used in the course will include O'pen Bic, Optimists, 420s, and occasionally Flying Scots. Upon successful completion of the course, sailors may enroll in the Advanced Sailing Class, or Racing Team.

Advanced Sailing class provides an intermediate step between the Beginner Sailing Class and the Racing Team. Instruction will emphasize boat-handling techniques as students learn to roll tack and roll jibe, sail backwards and fly spinnakers in the double-handed boats. At the end of the course, an introduction to racing will be taught. This class provides an opportunity for sailors to advance beyond the basic skills taught in the Beginner Class without the pressure of racing. Boats used in the course will include Optimists, 420’s, and Lasers. 

DYC Racing Team
will learn how to maximize their boat speed and enhance their boat-handling technique during daily practice sessions. Additional emphasis will be placed on the tactical game of sailing and the Racing Rules of Sailing will play an important part in the program. Sailors will compete in regattas held by local DRYA clubs. In addition, opportunities to travel to larger venues will be made available at the discretion of the coaching staff. Boats used in the program will be Optimists, 420’s and Lasers. 

Our Boats:
Optimist Dinghy is designed for sailors weighing 50-120 lbs. and has become the world standard for introductory Jr. trainers. Optimist sailors learn the essential steering and sail-trimming skills necessary to continue in the sport of sailing. Its flat, stable hull provides an non-intimidating introduction to sailing; and, as young sailors progress, they can graduate to the Optimist racing circuit. The flat, square hull and manageable rig are stable in all wind and sea conditions. Each boat carries three flotation bags, guaranteeing a buoyant, self-righting boat. The lightweight hulls are easily manipulated by instructors in a safety boat. The boats are safe and simple enough for a 7 year old, yet exciting and technical enough for a 15-year old. LOA: 7' 7", Beam: 3' 7", Sail Area: 35 sq. feet, Rigged Weight: 77 lbs.

420 was developed in response to the growing need for a more durable, high-performance, double-handed racing dinghy that could stand up to the rigors of club and collegiate programs. Ideal for crews ranging in combined weight from 220-310 lbs., the 420 is manageable for sailors coming out of the Optimist class and enables young sailors to learn teamwork, trapeze, and spinnaker techniques. The stable, forgiving hull is built tough with reinforced fiberglass, high impact bumpers, and a simple, un-tapered rig. The 420 is simple and safe for beginning sailors and yet quick enough to keep collegiate All-Americans interested. LOA: 13' 9", Beam: 5' 5", Sail Area: 110 sq. feet, Spinnaker Area: 95 sq. feet, Draft (board down): 3' 2", Rigged Weight: 260 lbs.


is the Olympic single-handed class. The Laser was designed on the philosophy that the sailor wins the race, not the boat. Lasers are athletic, demanding boats that push the sailor to his or her limits. Available in both full rig and radial classes, this competitive fleet attracts experienced sailors in older age groups. Minimum crew weight is 120 lbs. LOA: 13’ 10.5", Beam: 4’ 6”, Sail Area: 76 sq. feet, Mast Height: 20' 1", Hull Weight: 130 lbs.