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Boat Owner And Skipper Training (BOAST) Program

The OWSA BOAST program provides an exciting opportunity to advance from a beginning sailor to a skipper and an opportunity to experience boat ownership. Each year, new participants join prior participants on an OWSA boat to make teams of sailors.

OWSA Fleet:

  • Salud - Ranger 20
  • Picaroon - Santana 22
  • Calypte - Ericson 27
See more information about the fleet here.

BOAST Track 1

Participants in Track 1 are:

  • Beginning sailors mentored by prior BOAST participants, and/or 
  • Participants who have furthered their sailing skills beyond beginner level, and mentor beginning sailors. 

Track 1 participants will be assigned to Salud or Picaroon. Each team learns about and is responsible for maintaining their boat with the assistance of the fleet manager and other volunteers, including minor repairs, in an effort to simulate boat ownership.

BOAST Track 2

OWSA's 27' Ericson was added to the fleet to provide additional resources for teaching/learning more advanced sailing skills. 

Participants in Track 2 are:

  • Intermediate sailors who are assigned to crew on Calypte, and
  • Intermediate sailors who, once demonstrating competency through vetting by the Managing Skipper and/or BOAST chair, will be assigned as a skipper for Calypte. 

Track 2 participants will have the same expectations as those in Track 1 (fees & obligations).

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

To learn more about and apply for BOAST:

Submit your application online and/or to before February 15, with participation to start in March and continue through October. Don't hesitate to reach out to a 2023 BOAST participant to learn more about their experience. Additional questions? Write to

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.

Outing On Salud - BOAST Program 2023

The BOAST Participants for 2023 were:


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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