Our Amazing Coaches

Kate O'Hare

Head instructor

Kate is thrilled to be returning to OYS for her fifth summer. She began sailing on her grandparents’ boat in Sudbury 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. Kate is currently studying Engineering and Business at Western University and loves to swim and bake in her spare time. She 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. 

Adam Koch

laser race coach

Adam has had a lengthy sailing career so far over the past nineteen 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 eighth. season of coaching, Adam is excited to be returning for another season at OYS.


Aiden Young

CANSail 3/4 coach &
head of adult programs

Aiden is a lifelong sailor. Growing up in Bermuda, he started sailing Opti’s at the age of 12. In Bermuda, Aiden qualified as a Senior Instructor under the British RYA curriculum and coached for many years at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. In 2020 Aiden was the Junior Head Instructor at RCYC and really enjoys the junior levels. Aiden has a passion for keelboat sailing. Last year Aiden worked at OYSSS in both their CANSail 1/2 program and adult program. He is looking forward to another great summer on the water with everyone coming to our various programs.

Matthew Tiplady

420 race coach

Matt began sailing at a young age in the Wetfeet Program at OYS and progressed through the levels, eventually joining the Ontario Sailing Team where he competed in various international regattas with numerous podium finishes. Matt has worked at OYS for the last three summers, running the CANSail 3/4 program and coaching adult group lessons as well as private lessons for families and kids of all ages and levels of experience. Along with his deep passion for sailing, Matt also enjoys music and playing guitar. He is excited to now be coaching our double-handed race team and to continue sharing his knowledge of sailing technique, race strategy, and the C420 class with the next generation of sailors in Oakville.

Max Nott

opti race coach

Sailing has been a passion of Max’s ever since he was little. He grew up sailing out of the Oakville harbour racing both Optis and Lasers. Max is going into his fourth year studying at the University of Guelph. He is excited to be returning to OYS for his fourth year of coaching and his second year as the Opti Race Coach, Max loves being out on the water for breezy days and can’t wait for another great summer with his team!

Will Fellows

Opti learn to race coach

Will has been sailing since he was 12 years old and has loved it more and more each year. Since the beginning, he has sailed at OYS and eventually joined the Laser race team where he found his love for racing. This is Will’s second year coaching. He is currently studying Engineering at Queen’s university and will be heading off for his second year in the fall.

Kylie Laretei

Wet feet coach

Kylie has been sailing with the OYS sailing school for seven years, and is excited to be returning for her second year as an instructor!  She grew up sailing on her grandparents boat and enjoys sailing with family during her free time. Kylie attends Loyola High School, plays hockey for the Oakville Hornets, and likes swimming, skiing, and of course sailing in the summer.

Nicolai Basen

wet feet coach

Nicolai learned how to sail at the OYS sailing school after he moved to Oakville. He has helped instructors out as a volunteer, and taught the WetFeet level in 2021. Nicolai can’t wait for the Summer to start, and he looks forward to sharing his love of sailing in the safe and friendly environment of the OYS sailing school. Nicolai is finishing grade 12 at Oakville Trafalgar High School, where his favourite subjects are maths and sciences. When Nicolai is not at OYS, you will find him on the golf course or at his cottage.

Aurelien Meyer

CANSail 1 & 2 coach

Aurelien Meyer has been sailing since the age of 9 and he is looking forward to joining the OYS instructor team for the first time this summer as a CANSail 1/2 instructor! In addition to sailing he volunteers as a U9 hockey coach and will be the MonAvenir school board consular for the 2022-2023 school year. He is looking forward to getting to know everyone and to inspire a love of sailing in the next generation of campers!

Sabrina Joakim

CANSail 1 & 2 coach

Sabrina is excited to be returning to OYS this summer. She has been sailing since the age of 7 and spent many years racing optimists and lasers. This will be her seventh summer coaching and she is looking forward to getting to know everyone and to inspire a love of sailing in the next generation of campers!

Annika Hambleton

CANSail 1& 2 coach

Annika has been sailing since before she could walk. This is her second summer as a coach at OYS, however, she volunteered with the sailing school for many years before she became a coach. When she is not at the sailing school, you can find her behind a sewing machine or snowboarding in the off season. Annika is going to college for business of fashion in September, but in the meantime she is excited for another amazing summer, fostering a love of sailing with all of her students!

Christian Basen

CANSail 1 & 2 coach

Christian grew up learning to sail at the OYS sailing school, and he is looking forward to joining the instructor team for the first time this summer as a CANSail 1/2 instructor. In 2021, Christian volunteered at OYS, helping with the CANSail 1/2 and CANSail 3/4 groups. Christian will start Grade 11 at Oakville Trafalgar High School in the Fall. When not sailing, he enjoys playing football and rugby at school, and true to his Norwegian roots, he loves to ski.