COACHES

Ben Redfern - Head Coach

Ben couldn’t be more excited to return to OYS this summer as the head coach.  Ben has had six successful years as the head instructor at both the Etobicoke Yacht club and the Go Home Bay Sailing School. Ben brings with him years of knowledge and experience, as well as a passion for getting kids out on the water. He looks forward to a program this summer that strives to create a safe and fun program where kids learn how to sail in a controlled environment through engaging lessons both on and off the water! He is currently studying at Wilfrid Laurier University. He looks forward to meeting all of you this summer and welcoming back friendly faces.  Ben can be contacted at oysheadinstructor@oysqn.com.

Kate O'Hare - Wet Feet Coach

Kate is thrilled to be returning to OYS for her second year as the WetFeet instructor. She began sailing on her grandparent’s boat at the age of 2 and her family joined the Oakville Yacht Squadron in 2007. Kate grew up at the OYS sailing school starting in WetFeet and later competing on the Opti, 420 and Laser race teams throughout her 6 years of dinghy racing. When not sailing dinghies you can find Kate racing on her family’s J27, Take5. Kate is also a competitive swimmer with the Oakville Aquatic Club and is a fully certified lifeguard as well as a swim, first aid and CPR instructor. She enjoys giving back to her community and is an active volunteer with the organization MEtoWE. Kate recently graduated from Iroquois Ridge High School and is excited to pursue Engineering and Business at Western University in the fall. Kate is passionate about sharing her love of sailing with the next generation of sailors and can’t wait to get out on the water with you this summer!

Magnus Hambleton - CANSail 1/2

Magnus is a level 1-2 instructor at OYS. He has been sailing for all of his life and raced for four years in an opti then transitioned into lasers. He always enjoyed racing but never really found passion in it, so he decided what he had really always wanted to do was coach kids in the sport and be a role model to them just like how all of his coaches had been to him. A little bit about Magnus, he still races keelboats with his dad and some of the fellow instructors, but he found his real passion in snowboard racing which he does in the sailing offseason, this is his 3rd year instructing at OYS he had a blast last year and can’t wait to come back for another season this summer! 

Matthew Tiplady - CANSail 3/4

Matt began sailing at a young age in the Wetfeet Program at OYS and progressed through the levels, eventually joining the C420 race team. Last year, he raced on the Ontario Sailing Team and competed in various international regattas with numerous podium finishes. Along with his deep passion for sailing, Matt also enjoys music and playing guitar. Matt is going into his second year of studying psychology at Huron University College. He is excited to share his knowledge of sailing technique, race strategy, and the C420 class with the next generation of sailors in Oakville.

Adam Koch - Laser Race Team Coach

Adam has had a lengthy sailing career so far over the past sixteen years as a sailor, racer, and coach. Beginning his racing career in the Optimist he has represented both the Port Credit and Royal Hamilton Yacht Clubs at various national and international events across Canada and the United States. Eventually weighing out of the Optimist he moved into the Laser Radial representing the Port Credit Yacht Club. Adam’s racing achievements in racing include various podium finishes across the country. Adam was the winner of the Laser Mid Ontario Championship in 2013 and third in the Fogh Gold Cup series in the same year. Now entering his fifth season of coaching, Adam is joining the team at OYS and looking forward to developing the racing program.

Kyle Feeney - 420 Race Team Coach

Kyle first got into sailing when he was 12 years old at Bronte Harbour Yacht Club because his sister went through the program years previous and became an instructor. After witnessing her excitement with the sport, Kyles curiosity with sailing rapidly grew and encouraged him to go for his cansail 1 and 2 levels. The following year he was put on the 420 race team which kickstarted an extensive racing journey for the next 3 years. Alongside Kyles competitiveness in sailing, he plays rep and school basketball and loves anything sport related. Aside from an athletic standpoint, video editing, photography and musical instruments briefly summarize Kyle’s current interests. He currently attends Abbey Park high school. Kyle is focused on skill development in sailing, and desires to always be faster on the water! He look forward to coaching this year’s 420 Race team at OYS.

Max Nott - CANSail 3/4

Max started sailing Opti’s when he was 8 years old. He joined the race team when he was 10 years old. Max quickly was too big for an Opti and had to move into the Laser category. He raced Lasers for OYS until he was 15. This is his second year instructing for OYS. In the off-season Max attends Oakville Trafalgar High School, in Grade 12. he plays Varsity Rugby, Football and Basketball.Max always loved sailing and the water. He is very enthusiastic and eager to get this summer started!

Mara Lach - Head of CANSAil 1/2

Mara began sailing at the age of 12 through the Sea Cadet Program where she developed a love for the water. Mara has raced 420s at CORK and Sea Cadet Nationals. Previously, Mara taught at HMCS Ontario for 2 years and will be back at OYS for her 3rd summer as the Head CANSail 1&2 and Wetfeet instructor. She is going into her 4th year of a Bachelor of Kinesiology with Honours at Acadia University in Nova Scotia where she is a Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience Program Adapted Director and Student Athletic Therapist. Mara is very excited to be back for another summer and to create a safe, fun, learning environment!

Jacob Brown - Opti Learn-to-Race Coach

Hey everyone! My name’s Jacob Brown and I am the optimist race coach for this summer! I absolutely love sailing and have been sailing for longer than I can remember. I am fairly experienced with racing; having been on the Laser Race Team and I also have my CANSail 6. This will be my 4thsummer coaching at OYS and I’m super excited to get back to coaching! When I’m not sailing, I’m a student at Western University, and I’m also a big fan of rock climbing! I look forward to getting out on the water this season!

Brynn Plaxton - CANSail 1/2

Brynn is very excited to begin her third summer coaching sailing and her first season at Oakville Yacht Squadron. Growing up in Waterloo, Brynn found her passion for sailing at Tanamakoon summer camp up in Algonquin Park. After achieving her CANSail levels at Conestoga Sailing Club and spending a year racing at RCYC, she took her love of sailing and passion for working with kids to begin coaching. Outside of sailing Brynn loves to coach ski racing, spend time at her cottage in Georgian Bay and play lots of rugby. This fall she plans on differing her first year at Queens University to take a gap year, coaching skiing and sailing overseas and backpacking through Thailand. Brynn is very excited to get to know the Oakville Squadron community and is very much looking forward to an amazing summer on the water!