Boat Owner And Skipper Training (BOAST) Program
BOAST (Boat Owner And Skipper Training)
The OWSA BOAST program provides an exciting opportunity for to advance from a beginner to becoming a skipper.
Each year of the two-year program, new participants join prior participants on an OWSA boat to make teams 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 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.
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 totaling $492/year which funds moorage, 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.