AST Lunch and Learn behind the scenes of the 2015 Pan Am Games

Join us this Friday, May 22 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. This week's guest speaker is Thomas Fogh. Follow a coaches journey of preparing for and competing at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Thomas Fogh brings over 15 years’ experience as a high-performance sailing coach, training athletes on an international level. Thomas is the Program Manager, Learn to Sail at Port Credit Yacht Club.

Thomas's sailing achievements

    Member Canadian Sailing Team 1988 – 2001
    Competed in over 15 World Championships, Top 3 World Championship
    Top 10 European Championship
    3 Olympic Trials (1992, 1996, 2000) – 2nd place each
    Participated in Ontario Summer Games, Canadian Pan Am Trails, Danish Olympic Trials
    Multiple Canadian Championships (Optimist, Soling), Canadian Youth Championship – 2nd (1987), 4th (1988) Laser Class
    US, North America Champion – Soling (1995, 1996)
    British National Champion – Tornado (1991)
    Star North American Championships 18th (2001)
    J24 Ontario Season Series-1st (4 regattas-2 x 1st place, 1 x 3rd place, 1 x 4th place)(Qualify for World’s)
    Laser 2 North American Championships – 2nd (1986) (first time in double handed boat)

Thomas's coaching achievements coaching high-performance competitors to name a few, the Ontario 420 Sailing Team to five top-10s at the CDN Youth Championship and the Pan Am Development team, and coached Pan Am Games 2015, with his athletes winning a Silver Medal and three 5th place finishes, Team placings – 2nd J24, 5th for Lightning, Hobie 16 and Snipe. he coached the US Snipe Team at the 2015 World Championships, achieving eight top-10 finishes and placing 7th overall, and coached the Melges 24 Team for the 2016 Worlds.

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AST Lunch and Learn May 29th Meaghan Hawkins, Manager NYC

Join us Friday, May 29 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The May 29th guest speaker is Meaghan Hawkins, General Manager & Chief Operating Officer, National Yacht Club.

Meaghan will be talking about how COVID-19 has impacted National Yacht Club. She is instrumental in managing National Yacht Club's strategy and communications with the city, the province and the membership.

Meaghan joined NYC in June 2019 as GM & COO. Before that she worked at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener for nine years where she was the Senior Director of Revenue Generation and Operations, and prior to that worked at Ontario Place in the Marina and then as Group Sales Manager. While working full-time at THEMUSEUM, Meaghan completed her MBA through the University of Guelph. Meaghan attended George Brown College where she earned her Events Management Certificate, and Seneca College before that to earn her diploma in Tourism & Hospitality.

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AST Lunch and Learn June 5th Stephen Bushe

Join us Friday, June 5 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. The June 5th guest speaker is Stephen Bushe who will be joining us from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is the southernmost island country in the Caribbean. It is situated 130 kilometres (81 miles) south of Grenada and 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) off the coast of northeastern Venezuela.

Stephen is a Ships Pilot, he brings the ships into the ports around Trinidad, he has been been piloting for 20 years now. A ship pilot is a sailor who maneuvers ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbors or river mouths. They are navigational experts possessing knowledge of the particular waterway such as its depth, currents, and hazards.

The maximum length in our ports 295m and he has an unlimited tonnage license. The type of cargo: Commercial including Passenger, General Cargo,  Bulkers, Tankers etc.

In addition, Stephen races J24, and has sailed Hobie 16's in Trinidad.

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Join us Friday, May 15 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. This week's guest speaker is Spencer Raggio, of the Y-Knot Adaptive Sailing program on Lake George, New York. Spencer has over 20 years of involvement and leadership as a charter member of Y-Knot Sailing adaptive sailing program, is a Clagett board member and a US Sailing Basic Keelboat Instructor with Adaptive endorsement. 

Spencer has been sailing and racing Sonars for five years, crewed for Dave Whalen when he won the Clagett (steering with a sip and puff system he worked with Gene and Steve to develop for the Sonar), and crewed for Sarah Everhart Skeels to win the Clagett/Oakcliff match race event in 2019. Clagett Regatta is an adaptive sailing and disabled sailing non-profit for disabled and Paralympic athletes.

Spencer will be talking about what the adaptive regatta calendar typically looks like in the US, and what is being looked at in terms of cancellations and postponements. Spencer is participating in online meetings with US Sailing's Board, the Para Sailing Committee, the Clagett, and Y-Knot, so is able to provide a fairly up-to-date assessment.

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Join us Friday, May 8 at 11:30 AM EST, as we have our weekly Lunch and Learn. This week's guest speaker is Jenny Davey, Manager of Paralympic Pathways, Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC).

Jenny will be speaking about the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Japan and the decision making that led to the CPC decision not to send Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020 due to the coronavirus. The COC and CPC called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and to postpone the Games for one year.

Jenny will also discuss impacts on the athletes, psychologically and physically, with their ability to train and travel to events with the COVID-19 consequences add and how they are finding solutions to stay positive.

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Your health and safety and that of our members and volunteers is important to us. We have put new proactive, precautionary measures in place with a view to help keep everyone safer and help flatten the spread curve of COVID-19. AST has changed the Lunch and Learn sessions from in person to ONLINE.

The Lunch and Learn sessions were previously every two weeks they are now every Friday, using Zoom. Each Friday’s session starts at 11:30am. To join, enter the Meeting ID and Password you will be provided. ZOOM can be downloaded from here: https://zoom.us/download

Join Us this Friday, May 1 at 11:30 AM for a Round Table Fireside Chat about life these days on how we as individual are adapting and how programs are adapting with the current situation of COVID-19.

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Sailing in Kenya and Tanzania - what's it like? Join Bill Kosar on Friday, April 24 at 11:30 AM, when he will discuss what what it is like to sail in Kenya and Tanzania, some of the geography, culture, sea life, climate, and things that are so different versus sailing in Canada.

Bill Kosar is originally from Burlington, Ontario and was the founder of the Burlington Beach Catamaran Club.

Bill moved to Kenya about 15 years ago, and lives there with his wife Cassandra.

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Help! What do we do now? Nobody ever feels comfortable experiencing change. But change is here, and how can we manage it? Join Daniel Schneider on Friday, April 17 at 11:30 AM, when he will discuss how change can be as exciting and spontaneous as sailing on a breezy summer afternoon. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, what can we do to help lead our community to a healthy future? How can we be a change agent? See you this Friday on ZOOM!

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