Friday, January 18, 2013

Five years ago the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Race Team was in need of a new direction. The youth program was limited to the Learn to Sail program during the summer.  Agustin’s cross appointments with Sports centre Atlantic and the RNSYS have resulted in a 12 month youth development program with nearly 30 active sailors competing in high level regattas. The Learn to Race program continues to develop and skill levels continue to climb. He has created a world-class training environment in Nova Scotia that in 2012, resulted in laser radial male and female and female 420 Canadian champions in Gimli, Manitoba.  Furthermore, the depth of the team resulted in multiple top ten finishes in every regatta the RNSYS team competed.  Ironically, Agustin is not interested in his sailors’ results and does not allow them to check postings until after debriefing is complete.  While recognizing the importance of awards, his coaching mantra places great skill and competition ahead of results. In his eye’s, results are a by-product of great speed, attitude, training and commitment.  
It is Agustin’s attitude and devotion to the sport that makes him most deserving of this award.  He genuinely cares for each sailor and their development.  We are constantly reminded of the life skills his athletes receive through the sport of sailing. These individuals range in age from 10 to 21 and Agustin is able to relate to each one of them in their stages of development.  The friendships and networks that he is creating reach far beyond the sport. Agustin coaches with a calm and positive attitude and always finds individuals strengths from which to build.  Leading by example, he is tireless in his commitment to his sailors both on and off the water. 
Agustin will be in attendance to receive his award Saturday, January 19th at The Carlu in Toronto during the annual Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards.