Summer 2018: 420 and Laser Race Coach

Olympia Yacht Club
201 Simmons St NW Olympia
Olympia Yacht Club, WA 98501
United States

Job Start Date
Job End Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description
About the Program:

The OYC has a year round Youth Sailing Director/Head Coach, and in the last 3 years has built an extensive year-round youth sailing program. We operate an 11 week Learn to Sail Program with over 425 participants; 10+ instructors; adult sailing; and we’re growing! Our fleet consists of 6 420s, 6 FJs, 6 Lasers, 13 optis, 1 J24, and 4 Coach boats. In summer we participate in the Northwest Youth Racing Circuit (NWYRC). With Opti, Laser, Double-Handed, and Spinnaker fleets. The NWYRC is the main set of regattas the Summer Race Team attends. We compete in the regions Sears, Bemis, and Smythe qualifiers, and have sailors who have attended/are gearing up for Leiter and Idle-Lewis. Traveling to regattas takes the Race Team all the way to the San Juan Islands, and Bellingham and down to Portland, OR and the Gorge. We have 2 brand-new 3-boat trailers (FJ/420 compatible) and a Laser/Opti trailer. Lastly, there is a vibrant keel boat racing and dinghy racing scene in Olympia.

Our Goal for Summer 2018:

We are rapidly growing/expanding program, and have a core group of competitive sailors who have been training in our c420s and lasers in the summer and are competitive high school sailors in the Fall/Spring (we average 50+ High School/Middle School sailors year round). We want to empower a Race Coach who is going to take them to the next level with their spin/trap work, as well as push our core Laser sailors to reach their competitive goals.


We will provide housing for the 420 & Laser Race Coach, OR provide an equivalent housing stipend (your choice)
A food/gas stipend for traveling to regattas
New staff members receive a full outfit of branded/tec-material uniforms
The OYC is in downtown Olympia, so there are many restaurants/activities all within minutes of the club
A number of free weekends to yourself!


Race Coach will report directly to the Director/Head Coach
Race Team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays
Assist with intermediate and advanced courses during the day (hours permitting)
Travel with team to regattas
Communicate with parents/sailors about traveling logistics in regards to: boat loading, towing, and sailing-specific details
Job Start Date is June 15th, but we have work if the right applicant would like to start earlier.
Job End Date is August 31st. We can be flexible if the right applicant goes to a semester school.
We also will have a Coach position open in the Fall.


Salary is commensurate with experience (we are very competitive with pay)
Job Requirements
Must be 20 years old
CPR/1st AID Certified
Must be US Sailing Level 1 Certified, Level 2 or 3 is preferred
Must have collegiate racing or equivalent experience
Must have spinnaker and trapeze sailing/coaching experience
Employer Contact Information

Sarah Hanavan
201 Simmons St NW Olympia
Olympia Yacht Club WA 98501
United States
 Sarah Hanavan
The Olympia Yacht Club in Olympia, WA is over 100 years old and an institution on the city waterfront. The Junior Sailing Program has been active for decades but in recent years has become a fully fledged year round entity.

Our Summer Sailing Program is 11 weeks long with over 400+ registrants; learn to classes; adult sailing; and a race team. Outside of summer we have a 50+ person middle school and high school sailing team.

The Pacific Northwest is an incredible place to live and coach sailing. With lakes, rivers, and the Puget Sound the variety of venues is as endless as the natural beauty. With two ranges of mountains, the pacific ocean, Canada and the San Juan islands to the north you'll never be bored outside of work if you love to adventure!

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