Ontario Sailing has launched Ontario Sailing University taught by Thomas Fogh. You can book a day at your club delivered at your club during the winter.

Pricing for your own session at your club booked thru Ontario Sailing is $55 plus HST per person (minimum of ten people is needed in the GTA) for a morning and afternoon classroom session. Clubs can add to the price, charge for a lunch option and there will be books available to purchase during the day.  (outside of GTA travel some travel costs to be added) (can be run in a day long or two evening format)

Outline for the day is as follows:

Start and Race Strategy

This part of the seminar will focus on ways to prepare for a start and strategies around the race course. For starts, we will look at how to prepare and making a game plan. We will also look at crew roles and three main parts to the start. Race strategy will look at both upwind and downwind concepts to better understand a race course.

Sail Controls and Sail Shape

This part of the seminar will look at all the different aspects that affect a mast and sail. Then we will look at how we can use these different aspects to affect our sails and tuning.

To Book

Contact Glenn Lethbridge at glenn@ontariosailing.ca  1-888-672-7245 ext. 224

Or Thomas Fogh at thomas@northnational.com

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Thomas Fogh

Primary Classes sailed

  • 1976 – 1984 Optimist
  • 1984 – 1988 Laser (youth)
  • 1989 – 1993 Tornado (Olympic campaign)
  • 1994 – 2000 Soling (2 Olympic Campaigns)
  • 2001 – 2003 J-24

Other classes sailed

  • Etchell, Star, Various Keelboats (30+)

Sailing Achievements

  • Top 3 World Championship
  • Top 10 European Championship
  • 3 Olympic Trials (1992, 1996, 2000) – 2nd place each
  • Canadian Youth Championship – 2nd (1987), 4th (1988) Laser Class
  • Multiple Canadian Championships (Optimist, Soling)
  • 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)
  • Participated in Ontario Summer Games, Canadian Pan Am Trails, Danish Olympic Trials
  • Competed in over 15 World Championships
  • Member Ontario Sailing Team 1983-1987 Member Canadian Sailing Team 1988 – 2001

Coaching Background

  • Classes – Laser, Radial, Hobie 16, Snipe, 2.4m, Melges 24, 420, Optimist, RSX
  • Ontario Sailing Team Coach – 2013 (fill in for medical leave)
  • 1st place Laser – 2013 Canadian Youth Championships
  • 1st place Radial – 2013 Canadian Youth Championships
  • Coach, 2015 Pan Am Games – J24, Lightning, Snipe and Hobie 16 teams (Silver J24 Team)
  • 4th Hobie 16 North Americans 2014
  • Created and managed Pan Am Development team for Ontario Sailing – supporting 5 different classes of boats – in preparation for Toronto 2015

Coaching Certificates/Qualifications

  • Coaching – CAN Sail Competitive Development Coach (Level 3), 2012


  • Sail making experience
  • technical knowledge on marine hardware/clothing – distributor for Harken, Wichard, Gill, Gul
  • technical knowledge on sail shapes, mast tuning