The OYS Coaches
Head Coach – Ben Redfern
Ben is joining OYS this summer after five 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. Ben can be contacted at email@example.com.
Anton has had a long sailing career spanning the last thirteen years. He has been involved in the sport as a sailor, as a racer and more recently a coach. He first completed his learn to sail levels at EYC and then proceeded to race Optimists and Lasers for the same club attaining his CANSail 6 during this time. Anton’s racing achievements include podium finishes at various regattas around Ontario. Anton was the winner of the District 3 Fogh Gold Cup Series in 2014 and was second in the Ontario Sailing Grand Prix in the same year. He is currently finishing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University and has been avidly involved in collegiate sailing with the Queens Sailing team. Anton happy to be returning to OYS and looks forward to develop the racing program at OYS.
Jacob is going to be coaching the Opti Learn to Race program this season. Jacob is enthusiastic to begin coaching again this year at Oakville Yacht Squadron. He is an experienced sailor who has been sailing at OYS since he was 10 years old and has been coaching here since last summer. Jacob loves the friendships and experiences that sailing brings and has raced in regattas all across Lake Ontario. When he isn’t sailing, Jacob is going to school at Western University, skiing, and playing the drums. This year Jacob plans to have a blast with another awesome group of sailors and teach them joys of racing.
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 decided to turn a passion into a career and began coaching last year at OYS. He was inspired to coach sailing by his previous instructors, he wants to be a role model to current students like his coaches were to him. A little bit about Magnus, he races keel boats with his dad and some of the fellow instructors. In the off season you can find magnus on the slopes snowboard racing. This is his second year instructing at OYS he had a blast last year and can’t wait to come back for another summer!