The mission statement of the OLSS includes the language, “Encourage, develop, promote, and foster amateur yachting and yacht racing…by providing professional coaching for athletes striving to become competitive sailors and learn advanced skills…”.
Since 1986, numerous adults have attended “learn to sail” classes but the primary age group focus of OLSS has been youth sailors. In 2015 a friend of the OLSS is challenging the OLSS to expand its focus on adults are seeking to begin competing in local or regional competitions, or who already compete but wish to improve their their competitive skills.
2015, the OLSS will leverage the skills of our top local competitors to assist local adult sailors wishing to enhance their competitive skills. The approach will be for more skilled sailors to engage in mentoring with their understudies.
A benefactor of the sailing school feels strongly enough about this concept that he is providing funding for real incentives for competitors and understudies alike to jump start this effort. When mentors and understudies engage together in boat tuning, sailing together, chalk talks, critical evaluations and feedback the mentors (acting as independent contractors) will receive compensation. There will be no fees for the understudies, but they can receive cash awards based on demonstrated enhanced participation and results in local or regional competitions.
Specific mentoring races, as well as classroom sessions are scheduled – see the calendar attached at bottom of page.
For this year, youth sailors can also earn credits based on level of regatta participation.
The whole program is not yet set in stone, so good ideas of activities that will improve our collective enjoyment and competitiveness are welcomed.