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Boat Owner And Skipper Training (BOAST) Program

BOAST (Boat Owner And Skipper Training)

Ladies on a sailboat and the dock

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:

  • 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 2023. 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 2023.

Submit your application to between December 15 and February 15 with participation to start March 1 and continue through October. Don't hesitate to reach out to a 2022 BOAST participant to learn more about their experience.

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 or BOAST program are encouraged to apply.

Stern of sailboat Salud at the dock

The BOAST Participants for 2023 are:


Erica Graham

Allison Chown

Morgan Senkal

Aslinn Arcuri

Beth Steffen

Monica Hirteier

Monica Palmer


Melissa Tverberg

Lynda Romeo

Megan Weatherill

Julie Cumiford

Laura Gadley

Wendy Lally

Hanna Lounsbury


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