Summer Youth Sailing Program

Come sail with us this Summer!

Our 2022 Summer Program at RCYC will be open to ages between 6 and 17 for youths with an interest in developing sailing skills and having an awesome experience, in an environment that fosters confidence, independence, teamwork, problem solving and sportsmanship. Located 40 minutes east of Dallas in Heath TX on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard.

Registration will open in February 2022, for more information and to start planning please contact us: Paul Barnes (Junior Head Coach) and Alex Porter (Vice Commodore of Education) via the CONTACT FORM

What do we do at camp?

Safety is our #1 priority, all students must pass a swim test consisting of jumping in and swimming across the club swimming pool and putting a lifejacket on while in the water.

What Sailing levels does the Sailing Camp offer?

Opti Beginners is our class designed to teach the basics of sailing to children ages 6‐13. The kids will build confidence sailing solo in a kid sized boat and learn the parts of the boat, basic sailing maneuvers including tacking and jibing, and have fun on the water. Learning safe habits and good seamanship is a big part of sailing and the 7:1 student to instructor ratio gives the beginners lots of attention.

Opti Intermediate ages 7‐15 is the next step in becoming a better Opti sailor. The sailors will continue building confidence with an 8:1 ratio and be introduced to the basics of racing including starting sequences, mark rounding, and the rules of the road. Opti intermediate sailors will participate in races at the end of the session and will be ready to compete at Green fleet regattas where coaching is available.

Beginning Double‐handed is for our older sailors who are at least 13 years old. The class is taught in C420s 1:10 or 1 instructor per 5 boats. Double handed sailors learn how to use a jib and develop both good boat handling and teamwork skills. The students have a fun and safe environment and will learn about seamanship, parts of the boat, and other necessary tools to become confident able sailors.

Racing and Skill Development is for Optis, Lasers, and 420s and is for sailors ready to go to the next level. Advanced boat handling maneuvers, racing strategy and tactics, and sailing knowledge is expanded in this class. Students will be racing in the Opti fleets, Lasers or in the 420 with spinnaker and trapeze. Regatta coaching is available for sailors in this class.

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For more information please contact us: Paul Barnes (Junior Head Coach) and Alex Porter (Vice Commodore of Education) via the CONTACT FORM

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Did you know Sailing is an Olympic sport?

Join Rush Creek Yacht Club as a member, we offer Youth Sailing all year, with weekly beginner to advanced racing practice sessions. We offer also a C420 high school program and our Youth Race Team members participate in events at RCYC as well as the Texas Sailing Association (TSA) circuit, and at a national level we have access to US Sailing Youth championship events.

Click here to learn more about the Youth Sailing Program at RCYC

View our Youth Program beginnings from 2013. An awesome story featuring past program members who have graduated to become proficient and competitive sailors today. 2013 RCYC Youth Sailing Program on YouTube

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