This history has been compiled starting with a short history by Gay Means and information collected for CSC's 60th Anniversary celebration in 1999. It was expanded using club archives and information collected for the White Rock Lake Museum in 2004. The history is updated as new information becomes available.There is also a list of sources at the bottom of the page.
Lake and Park
White Rock Creek was dammed to form White Rock Lake in 1911 to provide water for Dallas following a severe drought. The lake was out in the country and became a weekend retreat at the time.
White Rock Lake Park developed along with the sailing clubs in the 20s and 30s. Many of the parks structures, as we know them today, were constructed by the CCC during the great depression.
White Rock Lake has quite a large watershed and collects silt from the creeks feeding the lake. The lake has been dredged four times.
The sailing clubs had their origins in the boathouses of the 20s. The first sailboat race was held in 1926. The lake's first sailing club, the Dallas Sailing Club, was formed in 1928. There have been four sailing clubs on the lake.
The Corinthian Sailing Club was formed in 1939. World War II slowed, but did not stop sailing on the lake. The lake dried up for a couple of years during the droughts in the 1950s.
The 1960s brought mass production, fiberglass boats to the lake permanently changing the sailing landscape. The club expanded rapidly though the decade becoming the largest sailing club on White Rock.
The 1970s were an active time at CSC with sailing participation at an all time high. There were problems with unruly visitors in the park that lead to partitioning Lawther Drive so that one could no longer drive around the lake..
The facilities were again expanded in the 1980s and a new clubhouse constructed. CSC received the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for outstanding race management.
CSC celebrated its 60th anniversary in 1999. The White Rock Sailing Club was disbanded and Snipe Fleet 1 moved to CSC. The Women's Racing Program and CSC Special Olympics participation began. The North Gazebo and North-South walkway were rebuilt.
The Leukemia Cup Centerboard Regatta was all started. The Laser Fleet moved to the club. CSC went online with e-mail communications and this website. A long term plan to renovate the club facilities was initiated.
White Rock Lake celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. CSC hosted US SAILING's Championship of Champions that same year. The club started accepting credit cards for payment of dues, etc. And, CSC celebrated its 80thanniversary in 2019.
That brings us to the present as we carry the tradition forward. We started the decade with world pandemic of a virus which infected millions. All sailing activities were suspended for several months. A major overhaul in club facilities and information sharing infrastructure were undertaken at this time.
Sources and Continued Development
- These are the sources from which this history was drawn.
- We would like to keep this history alive and build on this foundation. If you have memories or photos that you would like to share with CSC club members, we will try to work them into this history. Some items that would help round out this portrait of our club include - Why CSC was formed? Information and photos of CSC in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. A list of members in the early 1940s. A list of CSC sailor's successes on the bigger stage. There are surely many more stories that members would enjoy. Please take the time to jot down your thoughts, if you would like to help capture our past, and send them to the webmaster.
- The early history of White Rock Sailing Club
- The Dallas Sailing Club and the start of Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club (A.B. Patterson)
- Dallas Sailing Club (Roger Hansen)
- The history of White Rock Boat Club
- Facilities timeline (Chronology of the construction of the CSC docks)
- Photo spread of old CSC club house demolished 1990
- Construction of new CSC club house 1989
- Club house renovation 2005
- Board boat pads, junior's docks and committee boat davits 2006-08 - Photos
- VIP lounge renovation 2011-12
- Board boat pads, north docks and south gate 2013-15- Photos
- 2007-2017 Chronology (PDF) - CSC chronological masterplan update (Provided by Ken Brown on 2/6/18)
- Facilities 2020
- List of burgees in the CSC burgee collection that was rehung in 2021. Photographs can be seen on CSC Flickr page.
- 2015 Flood
- Sailboats that have actively raced on White Rock Lake
- Regatta art used for lake events for copy and clothing
- Early CSC members
- National Champions from White Rock Lake and national events hosted on White Rock Lake
- St Petersburg Trophy