Sailing Registration is OPEN 

registration link is at the bottom of this page




What Boats Are Sailed in the Program?

  • Optimist Dinghy: single handed
  • Club 420:    double handed
  • Cape Cod Mercury
  • Rhodes 18

Can My Child Participate If We Don’t Own A Boat?

  • The Club owns Mercurys, Rhodes 18’s, Club 420’s, and Optimists.  You need not own one of those boats for your child to participate in the program.  However, we encourage the purchase of Optimists particularly if your child is on a course for invitation to the race team.

Can My Child Participate If We Are Not A DYC Club Member?

  • Yes, the program is open to members and non-members but priority is given first to members in the event of over-subscription.

Can My Child Show Up For Sailing Class Without First Registering?

  • No, the program is by registration only.  Please visit the Dennis Yacht Club website to register for a sailing class.  Walk-ins are not allowed and will be turned away.  

Does My Child Have To Be Able To Swim To Participate?

  • With the exception of the Bay Kids program, all children should be able to swim without assistance.  Competent swimming skills are an integral component of safe sailing.  All sailors are required to take a swimming test on the first day of their lessons, so come prepared wearing a bathing suit.

What Should My Child Wear To Sailing Lessons?

  • Each sailor should wear a bathing suit to class and closed toed shoes.  Remember it is wet on the water!
  • Depending on the weather, sweat shirts and rain jackets are also recommended.

 In Addition, Each Sailor Is Required To Have the following items:

  1. U.S.C.G. Approved life jacket (REQUIRED) with whistle securely attached (REQUIRED)
  2. Shoes with covered toes (REQUIRED) - NO sandals


  1. These additional items are recommended:
  2. Hat
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Water bottle (with water in it!)
  6. Towel
  7. Set of dry clothes
  8. Sweatshirt
  9. Rain gear (we do sail in rainy weather)

Reminder that it can get hot on the water!  It is important for your child to be protected  from the sun - hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen - and from dehydration.  If your child is thirsty, then your child is already dehydrated.  Remind your child to drink water BEFORE heading out to sail.

Is Sailing Cancelled If The Weather Is Inclement?

  • No, sailing classes occur every day regardless of the weather so please dress appropriately.  

As A Non-Member, Where Do I Park When I Am Dropping Off And Picking Up My Child?

  • A member of the sailing staff will be in the parking to greet students for the morning and afternoon classes. While the Club extends temporary parking privileges to non-members solely for the purpose of dropping off and picking up sailors, parking is at a premium.  A non-member may NOT leave their car in the lot for an extended time to either walk to the beach or walk to the nearby cafe.  

As A Non-Member Is The Concession Open For My Child To Obtain Snacks Or Drinks?

  • No, the concession is open to members only so please pack any snacks or drinks for your child.  There is a water cooler on the lower deck that your child can use to refill his or her water bottle.

What Is The Belle Of The West, And Can My Child Participate In It?

  • The Belle of the West is our Club’s annual sailing regatta.  It takes place on Friday August 2nd.  Members and non-members alike will receive formal notification from our sailing program if your child is ready to participate in this inter-club sailing event.  There will be no sailing classes on this day.

Does The Sailing Program Include a Race Team?

  • Yes, our sailing program includes a race team.  We also offer an advanced sailing class, please see website for details. Sailors are invited to join the team when they demonstrate both consistent sportsmanship behavior and sufficient sailing ability to the satisfaction of the race team coach and/or head sailing instructor.  The invitation to the race team is by formal notification only and can be retracted if a sailor fails to show support for fellow sailors, fails to attend class regularly, or fails to race in the requisite number of regattas as determined by the race coach. 

Is the 2018 Racing schedule listed?

  • Here is the list of regattas which members of the DYC Opti and 420 race teams may participate in each summer.  It is our hope that members of the race team will be able to participate in many of these regattas. Instructors/coaches in consultation with the Fleet Captain and program director will determine which boats and fleets participate in the various regattas and communicate directly to the sailors and the parents.  A regatta may be added in any season at the discretion of the coaches.


    • Summer 2019 Regattas:



      Monday, July 1 Stage Harbor Opti Regatta

    •  Tuesday, July 9 Bass River Opti Invitational

    • Wed - Thurs, July 24-25 Wianno Opti Regatta

      Friday, August 2 Belle of the West

      Thursday, August 15 Barnstable Green Fleet



      Monday, July 8 West Dennis Invitational

      Friday, August 2 Belle of the West

      Wednesday, August 7, Hyannis Youth Invitational 


  • All race team sailors must participate in our club’s Belle of the West regatta in August.

    A coach will attend Opti-only regattas provided there is a minimum of three DYC boats participating in this regatta.  If there are less than 3 Opti racers competing, then it is the sole responsibility of parents to bring the sailors and the boats to the regattas.

    The Head Instructor will post the tentative race schedule, with regatta dates, at the beginning of the sailing season.  The deciding factors for participation in any regatta are sailor readiness and safety.

    Regatta registration and fees are the responsibility of the individual sailor.  Regatta registration links may be found on the Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association website.  It is our recommendation that you register at least two weeks in advance for most regattas in order to reserve a spot.  In addition, all members of the race team should become members of the US Sailing Association.

    The Head Instructor will coordinate with parents about the trailering of boats to the regattas.  It is the responsibility of the parents to make arrangements for the transportation of sailors to the regattas.  As a prerequisite for attendance at any regatta, all race team sailors must help with the loading and unloading of boats to and from the regattas, as well as at the regatta.  Failure to help will result in forfeiture of a sailor’s right to race in that regatta.

    Participating sailors should remember to bring life jackets, closed toe shoes, whistle, hat, sunscreen, sweatshirts, spray jackets, sailing gloves, bailers, and a change of clothes.  While most regattas provide the sailors with on the water snacks, it is highly recommended that the sailors bring extra water and snacks.

    There are no refunds offered for any cancellations due to weather or water conditions.
    All classes will be held as scheduled. 

    There are weekly sessions for each sailing program except the Race Team, which is all season

    No classes will be held on...
  • July 4th, in celebration of our Nation's Independence.
  • Friday, August 2nd, as we will be hosting our Belle of the West Regatta.

  • Prices have been adjusted to match the class schedule. 
  • FOR MEMBERS: Please contact the DYC bookkeeper at [email protected] to register for all sailing classes.

    FOR NON-MEMBERS: 2019 Sailing class registration forms may be accessed by clicking the highlighted link below. Please read through the registration forms carefully and email [email protected] if you need help with the sign up process. 



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