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:

Robert O'Brien  [email protected] 
Com. Patricia & Robert Thull O'Brien 248-345-3457 [email protected]

Junior Sailing Summer Sign Up: Sunday, April 28th, 2019  @ 1:00 pm

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

Kids Tennis Classes—Summer 2019.
Monday-Friday 9 and over: 9AM-10AM
8 and Under: 10AM-11AM  

Session 1: June 17th-28th, 10 classes $180
Session 2: July 1, 2, 8th- 12th (skip 3rd, 4th. 5th), 7 classes $126
Session 3: July 15th- 26th, 10 classes $180, Walk-in $20  


Contact Coach Chip Fazio, USPTA Elite Pro, with any questions, 313-670-3277, [email protected] , or .

Summer Swimming


DYC Islanders Summer Sign Up: Sunday, April 28th, 2019  @ 1:00 pm

****Please note the Away Swim Meet on June 20th at Western Golf listed above has been been changed to a DYC HOME meet on June 25th.

  • One Riverbank Road
  • Belle Isle
  • Detroit, MI 48207
  • Tel: (313) 824-1200
  • Fax: (313) 824-7962
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