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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 2018 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
2018 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.

ntroduction to Sailing - Part 1

Saturday & Sunday, February 24th & 25th, 2018

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 3th & 4th, 2018

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.