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Squaring the Pyramid- A New Youth Sailor Development Model

Presented by: John Pearce, US Sailing Youth Director


Thursday, March 8th   7 - 9 PM


Bayview Yacht Club

100 Clairpointe Street

Detroit, MI 48215


The Youth Sailor Development Model is a new initiative designed to align US Sailing's youth programs around the goal of creating lifelong sailors. Based on an updated, skills-based progression, the model guides the development of young sailors so that more kids continue in the sport as adults, across all sailing disciplines.


We look forward to you joining us!


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:  

2017 Key Program Dates and Overview:

The Detroit Yacht Club has teamed up to infuse the rigorous science, technology, engineering,
and math (STEM) curriculum with the outdoor fun through the sport of sailing.  
First ever of its
kind in the country as the DYC’s program provides access, opportunity, and experience for DYC
Junior Sailors and University Prep Schools students alike.




(Note: Regattas are intended for qualified racing students)

Mon, June 19-Fri, Aug 11

2017 Learn to Sail & Racing Season Program Term

Monday, June 19, 2017

First Day of DYC Jr. Sailing Program

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pre-Season Meeting (Coaches Only @ CSYC @ 5:30pm)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

GYPC USODA Great Lakes Championship

Sunday, June 25, 2017

GYPC USODA Great Lakes Championship

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

GPC Opti Clinic + One Day Opti & O'Bic Regatta

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

GPC Opti Clinic + One Day Opti & O'Bic Regatta

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NSSC Regatta Bemis w/ Spinn

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bemis 420 Regatta (DRYA Trophy Event)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

PYC Regatta - All Fleets

Friday, July 7, 2017

PYC Regatta - All Fleets

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CSYC Two Day Regatta

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CSYC Two Day Regatta

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CSYC Team Racing Invitational

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

GPYC Clinic + One Day Regatta All Fleets

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GPYC Clinic + One Day Regatta All Fleets

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BYC Two Day Regatta All Fleets

Friday, August 4, 2017

BYC Two Day Regatta All Fleets

Friday, August 4, 2017

Last Day for DYC Non-Racing Students

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Monday, August 7, 2017

DYC Regatta

Monday, August 7, 2017

Coaches Debrief Meeting

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

DYC Around the Island

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 DRYA Season Awards Banquet @ DYC

Friday, August 11, 2017

End of DYC Jr/ Sailing

Saturday, September 9, 2017

GPYC Hosts Junior Olympics

Sunday, September 10, 2017

GPYC Hosts Junior Olympics



· Sailor Meeting Point/Check-In/Attendance

· Instructional/Chalk Board Talk

· Overview of AM/PM Activities (Weather Depending)

· Safety Gear Check

· Rigging Boats

· Entering Water/Sail

 · Supervised Lunch
   (Underage All Day Students 
must enroll separately)
· Sailor Meeting Point/Check out/Leave for day·
Specialty days are also incorporated such as
   Pirate Day, Family Day, Boat Race Day




  • Boat handling

  • Sailing fundamentals and terminology

  • Safety and right-of-way rules

  • Racing & Regatta Skills


  • On the water learning

  • Science (physics, environment, weather)

  • Technology (maps, compass, GPS, underwater exploration)

  • Engineering (boat design, wind power)

  • Math (geometry, navigation)

  • History (American, world)


  • US Sailing and American Red Cross participant manual, Start Sailing Right,

  • National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF), Learning Math and Science through Sailing,

  • Learning American History through Sailing

  • US Sailing

  • REACH – STEM topics from a sailing perspective


  • Coaches

  • Educators

  • Volunteers

  • Invited subject matter experts from Michigan DNR, Dossin Great Lakes Museum,

  • Detroit Historical Society, or others


  • Recognize that SAFETY is #1 Priority

  • Wear Life Jacket AT ALL TIMES on the WATER

  • Prerequisite:  Pass Swimming Test prior to Program start date

  • (50 Meters, Tread Water min of 12 minutes) - No exceptions

  • Follow Coach Direction & Follow/Adhere to Code of Conduct

  • Understand DYC Ground/Facility Rules

  • Pick up / Drop off Points

  • Consider Academic Grade/Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain/Bring Sailing Manual Daily



  • Label your belongings

  • CLOSED Toed Boat Shoes or Tennis Shoes

  • Bathing Suit, Hat, Shirt, Towel

  • Warm change of clothes

  • Bag or backpack to keep belongings in

  • Life jacket with whistle (most important)

  • Sunscreen / Chapstick

  • Glasses/Sunglasses with croakies or other fastener



    For more information regarding the DYC’s Junior Sailing Program, please contact:


    Director Sergei Lie              cell:  313-319-7325     email:



NOTE: All instructors are certified by US Sailing. 




Click Here for Application and Rates:

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.

Laser 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.