Youth Programs

The DYC has summer and winter athletic programs for children of Members.  In addition, a playscape is located just to the east of the swimming pool for younger children to enjoy whenever they need to run off some energy.

Junior Sailing

The DYC has a fleet of instruction/safety power boats, O'pen Bic, Optimist, 420, and Laser sailboats in the program.

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

Meghan & Emily Hughes 313-220-5456 meghan.hughes@comcast.net 
Com. Patricia & Robert Thull O'Brien 248-345-3457 pthull@msn.com

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 .

DYC Junior Tennis

9 - 10 am  9 yrs. and up
10 - 11 am 8 yrs. and under

Session 1: June 18-29, 2018 $160
Session 2: July 2-13, 2018 $144 (no class July 4)
Session 3: July 16-27, 2018
Walk-in: $20 per class

DYC Kids' Tennis Tournament Ages 5-18 yrs.
Sunday. July 15, 2018 - 10 am - 1 pm

Register: ifirstserve.net

Contact Coach Chip Fazio, USPTA Elite Pro, with any questions, 313-670-3277, chipfazio@gmail.com , or facebook.com/firstservmi .

Summer Swimming

DYC SUMMER SWIM SCHEDULE -- 2018

SUNDAY, April 29, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  SUMMER SIGN UP

Monday, April 30 Spring Evening Practice Begins (At the Indoor Pool)

Swimmers are strongly recommended to attend as many pre-season practices as possible. There is no extra charge for this pre-season practice.

Monday thru Thursday 12 and Under 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Monday thru Thursday 13 and Over 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

TBA 9:00 am-11:00 am

Monday, June 18  Summer Day Practices Begin

Mon-Fri: coach request  8:30 am - 10:30 am
Mon-Fri: All other 9 and over  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mon-Fri:  8 & Under & JR Swim Team    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday: All Ages (TBA)      9:00 am - 11:30 am

Monday, June 18
Tuesday, June 19  SWIM MEET (HOME ) – DYC (WG)

Wednesday, June 20  Team Photo Day @ 10:00 am (wear your team suit!) 

Thursday, June 21  SWIM MEET (HOME ) - DYC (ECC) 

Friday, June 22  13 & Over Pontchartrain Relays @ Detroit Golf Club 

Friday, June 22  Firecracker 100 Meet @ Plum Hollow Country Club 

Tuesday, June 26  SWIM MEET (HOME ) - DYC (Red Run) 

Thursday, June 28  SWIM MEET ( AWAY ) – DYC @ GROSSE ISLE COUNTRY CLUB (GI)  

Tuesday, July 10        SWIM MEET ( AWAY ) – DYC @ DETROIT GOLF CLUB (DGC)

Tuesday, July 17  SWIM MEET (AWAY ) - DYC @ PLUM HOLLOW COUNTRY CLUB

Friday, July 20  10 & Under Mini Meet @ DYC (HOME) 8:00 am - Noon

Thursday, July 13  SWIM MEET (HOME) PLUM HOLLOW COUNTRY CLUB @ DYC 

Monday, July 17  PARTY – AFTER SWIM PRACTICES 

Tuesday, July 18      SWIM MEET ( AWAY ) DYC @ WESTERN GOLF COUNTRY CLUB (WG) 

Friday, July 20  10 & Under Mini Meet @ DYC ( HOME ) 8:00 am – Noon 

TBA  Drag Day

July 27 - 29  FINALS TEAM SWIM PRACTICE - TBA  

Tuesday, July 24  Pasta Dinner and Paper Plate Awards (Fountain Room @ DYC) 

TBA  Lunch & Movie -- 

Friday, July 27  Finals Prelims 10 & Under @ Red Run

Saturday, July 28  Finals Prelims & Relays:  11 & Over @ Red Run

Sunday, July 29  Finals @ Red Run 

TBA Swim Team Awards Banquet and Pool Party


  • One Riverbank Road
  • Belle Isle
  • Detroit, MI 48207
  • Tel: (313) 824-1200
  • Fax: (313) 824-7962
Latitude 42.352081
Longitude -83.066437
34.6º F