Kate O'Hare - Head Instructor

Kate is thrilled to be returning to OYS for her third year. 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!  Email Kate at

Matthew Tiplady

Matt began sailing at a young age in the Wet feet 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.