Boat Owner And Skipper Training (BOAST) Program
The ever evolving BOAT Program has been renamed the BOAST program to highlight the focus on skipper training!
The OWSA BOAST program provides an exciting opportunity for women sailors to move from a beginner to an intermediate sailor during their first year of participation and gain experience as a skipper and learn more about upkeep involved in ownership of a boat during the second year of this two-year program.
Each year, two new participants join two prior participants on an OWSA boat to make a team of 4 sailors. During the first year, the prior year's participants act as mentors and skippers for the new participants. During their second year, skippering, sailing and seamanship skills are further developed. Each team maintains their boat including minor repairs to learn aspects of boat ownership. Team members coordinate schedules thereby allowing the boat to participate in Wednesday Night Sail, OWSA's Race Clinic and other OWSA events in addition to allowing participants to use the boats individually with friends or family.
Hoodview - Ranger 20
Salud - Ranger 20
Estrella – Cal 29(also used by OWSA as a Race Committee Boat)
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 BOAST Program Committee 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 of $ 33/month ($396/year) which funds moorage and the maintenance of the boats and new equipment and sails as needed.
To learn more about the qualifications and obligations required to participate in this program, go to "Forms" under the Portal on the website and click "BOAST Program Application. For additional information, contact BOASTchair@owsa.net
Applying for the BOAST Program: Click "Forms" on the owsa.net website Portal. Remember you must be a member to login to OWSA.net and access the member Portal.
Applications should be submitted to BOASTchair@owsa.net between December 15 and February 15 with participation to start March 1 and continue until March 1 two years later.
You may submit an application after February 15th to fill a vacancy if one arises. Experienced sailors, prior ISC scholarship recipients, and prior participants in the BOAT program are also encouraged to apply to fill vacant mentor positions and are also granted use of a boat as long as scheduling is coordinated with team members and mentorship duties are carried out.