Shelburne Sailing Academy Coaching Staff

Once again, we’re grateful to have some fine young people staffing the Sailing Academy this year, led by returning coach, Rafael Pedro and new instructors, Lia Oikle and Owen Hobbs.

Rafael Pedro – Head Coach

Raf Pedro begins his third year coaching for SHYC’s Sailing Academy, holding a CANSail 3/4 certification. He is going into his senior year at SRHS and will continue his study in various sciences but is not yet certain which discipline he might concentrate in for his post-secondary studies. He loves fishing (trout and mackerel) and he likes coaching sailing – which is great because he’s darn good at it. 

Lia Oikle – Coach 

Lia is going into grade 11 at SRHS this fall and has attended the Sailing Academy for more than four years. She wants to be a teacher (you picked a good summer job, Lia). The younger of two girls in the family, when not sailing Lia likes to paint and color her own hair. 

Owen Hobbs – Coach

Owen just finished his 12th year at Barrington Municipal High School (congratulations) and will be attending NSCC this fall to study residential and industrial applications of electricity and alternative and renewable energy systems. Owen has attended the Sailing Academy for more years than he can remember – 8 years is his best estimate. He has a younger brother who, unfortunately, doesn’t like the water or sailing. We’ll have to work on that. 

Lia, Owen, and Raf have just completed a very successful Women on Water weekend and can be found at the newly spruced up Muir Cox building (washrooms and classrooms) on weekdays from 9-4 and also teaching Adult Learn To Sail on Monday evenings. We thank them for their hard work and are pleased and proud to have them as part of the SHYC family.