Our Coaches

Committed to our Young Sailors
All of our coaches/instructors share a common commitment to the youngsters who participate in our program. Experienced sailors all, they share their enthusiasm, their knowledge, and their love of sailing so that it is a contagious and motivating force. They want to see every youngster who participates in our program succeed … not only on the water … but also in school.

All coaches are U. S. Sailing, First Aid, and CPR certified. Safety is their paramount concern. They are on the water in powered Boston Whalers with VHF radios and First Aid Kits on board. In an emergency, they can be in immediate contact with our Director in the Pram Shed, the Dock Master at the Venice Yacht Club, and the Venice Marine Police. Our Director is always monitoring radar for weather and lightning.




VYBA Sailing Director
Tara Foster
Tara Foster


The coaching experience that Tara brings to VYBA most recently draws from her time at Hoover Sailing Club in Ohio where she led the Summer Learn to Sail for three years as the Head Instructor and was the Head Coach for the Junior Race Team for two years. She is a US Sailing Level 3 Certified Coach and she brings a wealth of knowledge and innovative ideas to our program.

Her experience in coaching covers a variety of dinghy-size sailboats and she has spent time instructing both kids and adults. Tara was a very active member of Denison University’s sailing team as Captain, then Commodore, and finally as the Alumni Advisor following her graduation from the university with a major in theatre and minor in physics. Tara has extraordinary talent, skills, sailing knowledge, and experience to share.

Tara has called Florida her home since middle school, and she graduated from Pine View School. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with the sailorss at VYBA.

Tara has a sincere passion for helping sailors of all skill levels to gain experience and knowledge about sailing and to keep sailing fun and inviting. She is excited to continue to share her love of the sport and to inspire that passion in others through the VYBA.




Coaching Staff

John Thomas
John Thomas

Red, White & Blue Fleet



Summer Program Coaches



Hoyt CornsHoyt Corns
John LightJohn Light
Alex TorresAlex Torres
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