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Lucinda Breeding

Regatta, cruising season underway at local yacht club

Denton County is known for a fast-growing business landscape, indie music and football.

But sailing? Is yachting even in the top 10 list for the lifestyle offerings in Denton County?

Probably not. But that doesn't keep the members of the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club from setting sail from their docks on Jefferson Slough at Lewisville Lake.

And even though the members of this plucky yacht club -- which doesn't operate a swanky restaurant or have slips for super-sized sailboats -- know the club is something of a secret, they host regattas that attract people from all over the state and beyond.

This weekend marks the 61st annual Corinthian Heritage Cup Regatta, a race that includes another event -- the 12th annual J/24 Corinthian Cup & Southwest Championship. The latter race pits sailors aboard 24-foot yachts against each other. The weekend regatta opens on Friday and ends Sunday at the club, which sits right on the lake in Little Elm. While sailors speed through the race courses, spectators keep track of their favorites to win.

While the club keeps pace with serious, competitive fleets that want to race, regatta chairwoman Janelle Hoffman said the club is just as accommodating for avid cruisers.

On a sunset sail, Hoffman and a full crew took Denton Record-Chronicle staffers on a tour of the modest marina and a cruise around Lewisville Lake. The sail stayed north of the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge. David Patterson, a member of the club since childhood, was the skipper of Adios, a 34-foot yacht.

"We're a pretty laid-back club," Hoffman said. "People come out on the weekends to race, or to sail. They'll throw burgers on the grill and hang out at the pool."

The club is also home to the University of North Texas Sailing Club, keeping four 420 sailboats for the student sailors to use.

The yacht club has routine sailing classes for newbies -- both adults and children. And Heather Fahle, the club's fleet captain, said members are always looking for crew members.

"Once you know your way around a boat, you can jump on a boat just about any weekend and crew for someone," Fahle said.

"This is a great club to be a part of," Patterson said, swinging the boat around to change tack and swing the mail sail around. "You don't even need a boat to sail in this club."

For more information about the club's classes, membership and races, visit www.dcyc.org.

Featured image: Adios crew Heather Fahle, left, and Chris Hoskins, right tie up the boat and provide the skipper with a power line as they finish up a sunset sail on a J105, Thursday, May 11, 2017, Lewisville Lake in Denton, Texas. The sailors are members of the little-known Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club. Tomas Gonzalez/DRC 

Secondary image: Adios skipper David Patterson tells the crew stories about the lake as they enjoy a sunset sail on a J105, Thursday, May 11, 2017, Lewisville Lake in Denton, Texas. The sailors are members of the little-known Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club. Tomas Gonzalez/DRC