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Learn to Sail

The Lake Canyon Yacht Club offers sailing classes for all levels from beginning to well seasoned sailors, with an emphasis on competitive sailing. Dates for 2017 appear below.

Adult Sail Training

The LCYC Learn to Sail and Learn to Race classes have been revamped into a more comprehensive Learn to Sail curriculum spread over two weekends.

Class Schedule for Both Weekends - Saturday & Sunday - See Dates Below
9AM - Noon - Classroom
Noon - 1PM - Lunch (bring your own)
1PM - 4PM - On the Water Sailing
Classes are limited to 30 people
For further information, please contact Bill McVey
2017 Registration Form

We encourage everyone to treat these two weekends as a single course, although we will accept entrants for either weekend (must have prior sailing experience to just sign up for Part 2). Class fees are $30 for both weekends, or $15 for either weekend separately. Only one fee is required for two family members if they are willing to share the course book. We can accept a maximum of 30 students for eah weekend.

Introduction to Sailing - Part 1

Saturday & Sunday, February 25th & 26th, 2017

Goal - Provide basic understanding of sailing and specific water safety practices related to sailing.

Subjects will include:
Types of sailboats, Sailing terminology, What makes a sailboat go, Relationship to wind,
Sail trim, Controlling a sailboat, Knot tying, Basic right of way rules.

Introduction to Sailing - Part 2

Saturday & Sunday, March 4th & 5th, 2017

Goal - to build on the previous week’s basic training by providing additional classroom topics and on-the-water sailing activities.

Subjects will include:
Launching from a trailer, Rigging and de-rigging the boat, Departing and returning to a dock or mooring, Planning a short trip, Understanding weather considerations, Making a sail plan, Safety Considerations including emergency procedures, Knowledge of the Texas boating digest, Continued emphasis on right of way rules, and using correct sail trim to sail the boat efficiently, as quickly and as safely, as possible.

Saturday afternoon sail will be a 3 hour trip to Canyon Lake Marina, or island, or dam, depending on weather.

Sunday afternoon we will lay out an hour-long triangle and have the students sail the course as quickly as possible, two times around, with special emphais on sailing well going upwind. The intent on Saturday is for a leisurely sail, and on Sunday to sail the boats as efficiently as possible, with primary interest on speed and direction to cover the course in minimum time.

Adaptive Sailing 2017

  • Adaptive Sailing I - Saturday, May 6 - 11AM - 3PM
  • Adaptive Sailing II - Saturday, June 3 - 11AM - 3PM
  • Adaptive Sailing III - Saturday, September 30 - 11AM - 3PM

Started in 2005, purpose of Adaptive Sailing is to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to go sailing on club members' boats. Three dates are scheduled each year. LCYC offers this program in "partnership" with San Antonio Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Sports Department, through which we receive most of our guests. From time to time we have also hosted wounded servicemen in varying stages of rehabilitation. The program provides a brief orientation of sailing, lunch for our guests followed by 2-3 hours of sailing. Groups are limited to 25.

The schedule for each session is as follows:

  • 11AM - Orientation to club and sailboats
  • 11:30AM - Lunch - LCYC provides sandwiches, chips, cookies and drinks
  • 12 Noon Assign guests to boats
  • 12:15 - 2:45PM - SAIL!
  • 2:45 - 3:00PM - Return to docks

2017 Youth Sailing School

  • Weekends of May 20 & 21 and 27 & 28
  • Saturdays - 0900 to 1600
  • Sundays - 0900 to 1600

The LCYC Youth Sailing School is designed to introduce novice sailors to terminology, equipment/rigging, tying knots, points of sail, boat-handling, and right-of-way rules.  Participants must pass a basic swim check before progressing to on the water activities.  The swim check is conducted on the first day of classes.  Generally, sailors must be at least 8 years old to participate.

Complete details and registration forms can be found on the Youth Sailing page.

Women's Sailing

  • Women's Sunfish/Double Handed Boats
    Registration Form
  • This one day hands on class will cover:
  • August 5th - 9:00AM - 4:30PM
    Cost: $30.00
    Prerequisite: Completion of a Learn to Sail class or prior sailing experience.
    Class will be limited to 6 students!
  • The focus of this class will be geared to really getting to know the boat; parts of the boat, rigging/de-rigging, capsize recovery, sailing upwind, downwind, reaching, docking & departing, getting out of irons.
  • 2016 Women's Sunfish Photos

  • Learn To Sail I (weekday class) - Online Registration Opens May 1
    Registration Form
  • June 1st & 2nd - 9:00AM - 4:30PM
    Cost: $65.00
    Class Size: 4 students
  • This class will cover sailing basics; parts of a boat, how a sail works, basic sail trim, basic sailing directions, docking & departing, knots, safety, and plenty of time on the water! The mornings will be spent in the classroom, and the afternoons we will be sailing!

    2016 Learn to Sail I Photos

  • Learn To Sail I (weekend class) - Online Registration Opens June 16th
    Registration Form
  • July 22nd & 23rd - 9:00AM - 4:30PM
    Cost: $65.00
    Class Size: 8 students

  • 2016 Learn to Sail II Photos

SEW-MAD Regatta

Saturday, August 26th, 2017


The bar is set higher than ever this year. It would be great to have 7-8 keel boats and 5-6 Sunfish register for this race. With your participation this can be achieved!

Three races are planned to be followed by our world-famous SEW-MAD dinner. For further information, please contact Lynn Simpson.

This is a Women Only regatta and tons of fun.