Learn to Sail at the Detroit Yacht Club

The DYC's adult sailing instruction program is more than just an introduction to sailing. This affordable, exceptional program offers an introduction to casual pleasure sailing and sailboat racing, as well as many social events to meet new friends. Each year we introduce dozens of new sailors to the sport and welcome many others who want to renew their skills.

DYC's beginner sailing instruction schedule consists of two nine-week sessions running May through August. We offer classes on both Tuesdays and most Thursdays, beginning approximately 6:00 pm. Students can attend Tuesday, Thursday or both, as their schedules permit. As a student, you will progress through a series of skill levels until you are sailing on your own.

Our volunteer instructors teach to your skills and experience, so even if you have sailed before this program can help you enhance your skills. Regular lectures accompany on-the-water instruction, and a DYC-specific written manual is included. An advanced sailing course featuring racing skills and spinnaker sailing is also offered for DYC members that have previously taken the basic sailing course.

We provide all necessary equipment - our classes use the DYC's fleet of Flying Scots, which are 19-foot sloop-rigged centerboard sailboats. All you need is comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes. Please leave jewelry and cell phones on shore, too.

DYC members pay $250 for the full eighteen weeks, or $150 for one nine-week session. On a space-available basis, non-members may take the class for $750 through Sailing Development Fund.

Skipper Skills training is also available to DYC members who have some sailing experience. Sailors will work with a coach and will practice boat-handling, docking, and rigging and repairs to refresh skills or earn a DYC Skipper Card. The Skipper Skills training is $125 for students who have previously enrolled in the DYC Flying Scots instruction program and $175 for those new to DYC instruction. This program is for DYC members wishing to work on skills required to maintain a DYC Skipper Card and use the DYC boats on their own time.

A separate Advanced Sailing course featuring racing skills and spinnaker handling is also offered for DYC members who hold a Skipper Card.

For more information, contact us at DYCFlyingScots@gmail.com.

To sign up for the 2020 classes, click here!