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Boat Owner And Skipper Training (BOAST) Program

BOAST (Boat Owner And Skipper Training)

The OWSA BOAST program provides an exciting opportunity to advance from a beginner sailor to becoming a skipper and an opportunity to experience boat ownership.

Each year of the program, new participants join prior participants on an OWSA boat to make teams of 3 to 6 sailors. During the first year, the prior year's participants act as mentors and skippers for the new participants. During subsequent years, skippering, sailing and boating skills are further developed. Each team maintains their boat including minor repairs to learn aspects of boat ownership.

Team members coordinate schedules to allow both individual and team use of the boats and ensure each boat in OWSA's fleet participates in Wednesday Night Sail, OWSA's Race Clinic, and other OWSA events.

OWSA Fleet:

  • Hoodview - Ranger 20
  • Salud - Ranger 20
  • Picaroon - Santana 22

Eligibility for participation in the BOAST program is based on skill level, volunteer service, and current membership in OWSA.

BOAST "owners" maintain their vessels with the help and guidance of the OWSA fleet manager and local volunteers.

The BOAST program is in part supported by the community by donations of vessels. Additionally, each member participating in the program contributes a low monthly fee which funds moorage, maintenance of the boats, and new equipment as needed.

To learn more about the qualifications and obligations required to participate in this program, click on the BOAST application information below for 2022. For additional information, contact

Applying for the BOAST Program: Remember you must be an OWSA member to login to and access the Member Portal.  Go to Member Portal, then to Forms to access the word version of the BOAST Application, as well as the fee schedule for 2022.

Submit your application to between December 15 and February 20 with participation to start March 1 and continue through October. Don't hesitate to reach out to a 2021 BOAST participant to learn more about their experience.

You may submit an application after February 20th to fill a vacancy if one arises. Experienced sailors, prior ISC scholarship recipients, and prior participants in the BOAT program are encouraged to apply.

The BOAST Participants for 2020 were:

Alvarado, Marisa

Alexander, Jamie

Byelick, Kimberly

Clement, Gail

Craven, Karen

Demaree, Julie

Herrin, Rebecca

Elsesser, Kathryn

Kutil, Sarah

LaCivita, Colleen

Lebzelter, Judith

Pasquantonio, Lisa

Rangel, Susie

Reichman, Naomi

The BOAST Participants for 2021 are:


Karen Craven                                          

Christine Shook                                             

Meredith Hall                                       

Natalie Corkhill                                       


Kim Bylick  

Lisa Pasquantio   

Michiko Inoue  


Carisa Bohus

Judith Lebzeller

Colleen Lacivita

Sally DeWitt


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