LCYC has an active Youth Sailing Program that offers a variety of instructional, recreational and competitive activities. During the summer months we offer Saturday Sailing, our informal "Come on out to learn/sail/have fun with friends" program - see link to Saturday Schedule and guidelines below.
Youth Sailing School - May 18, 19, 25 & 26 at LCYC
Youth Race Camp - June 13 - 16 at LCYC
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 test before progressing to on-the-water activities. The swim test is conducted on the first day of Sailing Campl. Generally, sailors must be at least 8 years old to participate.
The LCYC Youth Race Camp is designed for sailors who are proficient with basic sailing skills and who are interested in learning how to race.
Summer Sailing Camp
The LCYC Summer Sailing Camp, led by US Sailing Certified Instructor Kate Gomes, is gearing up for another successful, fun-packed season. Camps are week-long from 9AM - 4PM. Sessions are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level sailors.
Session I - June 17-21 - Beginner/Intermediate
Session II - June 24-28 - Advanced
Session III - July 1-6* - Beginner/Intermediate
Session IV - July 8-12 - Beginner/Intermediate
Session V - July 15-19 - Advanced
Session VI - July 22-26 - Beginner/Intermediate
*No Camp on Thursday, July 4th
Camps are limited to 12 campers per session; spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, pending receipt of completed registration form and payment.
- Registration forms and the camp brochure are posted on the Learn to Sail page.
- Fee discount for early registration through April 30, 2013.
Texas Sailing Association (TSA) Youth Circuit
The Texas Sailing Association schedules a Youth Circuit each calendar year, with regattas scheduled approximately once a month, from February through October. Regattas are held in various locations throughout the state, including in the Kemah/Clear Lake area, Corpus Christi, Palacios, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Canyon Lake. Fleets include Opti, Laser (4.7, Radial, Full), and 420. Regattas are usually 2-day events, held on Saturday and Sunday, so travel and overnight stays are usually part of circuit regattas. The main event of the TSA Youth Circuit is Youth Race Week, which is typically scheduled in July of each year, in the Kemah/Clear Lake area on Galveston Bay. Race Week is often the highlight of the season for youth sailors, with three 2-day regattas held over the course of a week. Participants can choose to sail in one or two single regattas, or can stay for the whole week and sail in all three regattas. Awards are given at the conclusion of each regatta, as well as for the overall regatta for sailors who have participated in all three events. This is a great opportunity to make friends with youth sailors from other clubs in Texas and even other states, like Oklahoma and Louisiana! The TSA Youth Circuit schedule is posted on the Texas Sailing Association website, under “Youth Circuit.
Contact Clay Cassard for more information.
Saturday Sailing* - Sessions take place on Saturday mornings throughout the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday Sailing is an informal activity; sailors who are checked out for boat use can practice boat-handling skills and/or just have fun sailing with friends! It's also an opportunity for new sailors to get checked out for youth boat usage by making prior arrangements to do so with a Youth Sailing representative. Parents are required to be present to supervise their children, however, a Youth Sailing Representative will be on the dock from 9-12 to assist with boat rigging, launching, and retrieval as needed.
Youth sailors take part in LCYC's annual Build-A-Boat & Duct Tape Regatta, working as a team to build a boat on-site with provided materials and then racing against other teams in the breakwater. This is always a fun event, with much creativity and camaraderie.
Youth sailors have also taken part in other activities such as hosting a Commodore's Breakfast, helping out on Spring/Fall Workdays, attending Kick-Off Meeting/Ice Cream Social events, and Big-Boat Cruising."
*Check the 2012 Youth Sailing Calendar for Saturday Sailing dates. Saturday Sailing is scheduled for most Saturdays during the summer, however, there are several dates when youth boats are in use for other Youth Sailing events.
Youth Fleet Boats
LCYC has a fleet of club-owned boats designated for the Youth Sailing Program, including Optis, Sunfish, and Lasers, as well as a power boat which is used on the water as a support boat during racing and instructional events. The youth boats are available to youth sailors once they've completed a "check-out" process with a Youth Sailing Representative.
Canyon Lake Sailing Foundation
The Canyon Lake Sailing Foundation is non profit organization and registered with the State of Texas as a 501(C)3 corporation. The Foundation's charter is to support youth sailing and water safety. The Foundation accepts cash donations as well as boats and sailing support equipment and provides the donor with acknowledgement as documentation for IRS tax deduction purposes. All cash donations and correspondence should be sent to The Canyon Lake Sailing Foundation, P.O. Box 18554, San Antonio, Texas 78218-0554. Inquiries or offers should be addressed to Wayne Peacock.