The LCYC Youth Sailing Program promotes opportunities for youth members to learn skills and competency in the sport of sailing. Our activities stress sportsmanship, teamwork, and responsibility among our young sailors. We encourage both racing and recreational sailing.
We have a great group of volunteer US Sailing Certified Instructors and Coaches who provide SAFE and FUN opportunities for LCYC Youth Sailors and their families. If you have questions about our program or activities, you can email us at YouthSailing@lcyc.net.
Youth Sailing Program
LCYC youth sailing may be a seasonal sport for some kids but a year-long sport for others. They will practice as a team, travel as a team, but compete individually at regattas. Each sailor may decide which regattas to compete in throughout the year. Racing is not a requirement to be in the LCYC youth sailing program.
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Membership Preference – Members are given preference in registration. For information about becoming a member, please refer to: www.lcyc.net/info/members.
Introduction to Sailing – 420
Four 3 hour sessions.
This course is designed for students 12 and older. No previous sailing experience is necessary. The focus will be on learning the fundamentals of sailing and having fun on sailboats. Students will learn the basics of rigging, boat handling, seamanship, sportsmanship, and water safety. Objectives of the course include wind awareness, points of sail, capsize drills, tacking and jibing. The Club will provide sailboats for students to use during the course.
Four 3-hour sessions.
This course is designed for students 12 and under who that have completed Introduction to Sailing or have previous sailing experience. This course is designed to build on basic skills of sailing while continuing to focus on fun and safety. Objectives of the course include sail trim, right-of-way, capsize drills, tacking, jibing, and introduction to racing. While racing is not a key focus of the class, race courses may be used so that students better understand proper sail trim and boat handling maneuvers. The Club will provide sailboats for students to use during the course. The Club may allow use of the sailboats for Club sanctioned Regattas for students that wish to participate. Additionally, the coach, trailer, and other support equipment may be available to attend Regattas with sailors at the parent’s expense.
Advanced Sailing (Racing)
Seven 3-hour sessions.
This course is designed for students that have good experience sailing and want to develop skills to race in Regattas. Course objectives include reinforcing basic skills, sail trim, right-of-way, advanced tacking and jibing, racing starts and strategy. The Club will provide boats for practice during the course and may allow boats to be used in Regattas. If students desire to become competitive racers, parents should expect to provide the necessary boat, sails, and equipment. The Club boats are used and equipped for instructional purposes and are not equipped to be competitive racing sailboats. Additionally, the coach, trailer, and other support equipment may be available to attend Regattas with sailors at the parent’s expense.
Laser/420 Youth Sailing
Five 3-hour Sessions.
This course is focused on medium to advanced sailing techniques like racing, boat set up, care and handling, teamwork (420), spinnaker, and trapeze techniques (420), hiking skills, maneuvers, strategies, and more while having fun. By the end of the summer, the sailor should expect to be able to handle the boat in light to moderate winds and be confident in their abilities. Some experience will help, but is not necessary. A desire to learn and have fun is a must.
Five 3-hour sessions.
This class is designed for Optimist Sailors who are at the Intermediate or Advanced level or have been approved by the instructor. This course is focused on medium to advanced sailing techniques that focus on sail trim and body placement for upwind, downwind, reaches, etc., also boat set up, care and handling, and racing techniques, if the student chooses. This course is designed to build more confidence while in the boat. Experience is necessary. Student must have already completed an intro course and have the ability to sail unaided in light and medium wind conditions or approval from the instructor/coach.
Club Covid-19 Guidelines will be followed for each class.
Youth Sailing as Good Stewards of our Sport
The LCYC Youth Sailing program and sailors support the sport of sailing and are active participants in key areas.
Texas Sailing Association Youth Circuit
We are 1 of more than 40 member-clubs in the Texas Sailing Association which works to promote and coordinate sailboat racing in the southwest. The TSA Youth Circuit consists of between 14 and 16 youth sailing regattas around the state of Texas from February to October every year. Youth Sailors aged 8 to 20 can participate in one of the active divisions – Optimist Dinghy, Laser, and C420. Every March, LCYC hosts a circuit stop – usually over Spring Break. Our ‘Spring Fling Regatta’ attracts nearly 100 youth racers every year.
Sailors for the Sea
We promote sustainable sailing and regatta practices – protecting our home waters and the oceans in which we sail and race. Through our affiliation with Sailors for the Sea, we have attained a Silver Level Certification for our annual TSA youth regatta – the first TSA regatta in Texas to do so! As responsible sailors, we discourage the use of single-use plastic water bottles and encourage sustainable practices year-round.
US Sailing is the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing in the U.S. We encourage our sailors to join and take advantage of the great learning and racing opportunities promoted by US Sailing.