About Jon

Training to Win

Jon Emmett is a professional sailing coach. He now coaches Tuula Tenkanen from Finland. Previously he coached Lijia Xu from China the highlight of which was her winning the Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. 

He still races himself and in 2019 he was UK National Champion, Apprentice Masters European Champion and Apprentice Masters World Champion.  


Tactics made Simple

His first book Be Your Own Sailing Coach was a great success and has been updated and republished as Coach Yourself to Win.

His second book Be Your Own Tactics Coach was also a great success and has been recently updated and republished as Tactics made Simple

His latest book Training to Win is still in its 1st edition and is the focus of Jon's sailing talks.


Coach Yourself to Win

On Facebook there is the Coach Yourself to Win page where he has all the latest videos and pictures from the most exciting sailing events, the Jon Emmett Sailing page  where you can read about his current coaching activates and the Training to Win facebook group where you can find key Notices of Race, Sailing Instructions plus the latest news and results.

There is also Jonemmettsailing YouTube channel with many useful instructional videos and the Training to Win YouTube channel with lots of training videos

Finally there is the Jon Emmett Sailing Instagram for those who like pictures and the Jon Emmett2 twitter account for those who like tweets!


Latest Blog

Oct 25, 2020 |
Racing, 2020 -2021,  |

It seems forever since I have done any international class racing and the “rust” showed. Simple decisions can make all the difference and my decision making was perhaps not what it should have been!

Being out of practice I decided that it was definitely worth doing the Practice race and the conditions were glamour. Indeed, it turned out to be the best conditions of the whole regatta. Big waves and a strong sea breeze kicked in at 15:00 like clockwork. I picked up the boat from Jean-Luc Michon the day before the practice race. It actually belonged to his daughter Pernelle. We collected our Australian boats in Melbourne at the same time. Therefore the boat was only 1 number different from my boat at home and with my sail, tiller, and South East sailing ropes (plus Gareth Griffiths traveller) it felt exactly the same as my boat at home.


Sep 30, 2020 |
2020 -2021,  |

I always do my best to be prepared both as a Coach and a Sailor, and attention to detail on race day can make all the difference to one’s performance. We need to remember that weather forecasts are just that, forecasts: they can be wrong (or often it is just a case of the timing being off).

Therefore, when heading to the water I always try and be ready for anything. More food and drink than I can possibly use (and in the case of the Coaching RIB, more fuel) and suitable clothes should the weather turn significantly hotter or colder.

Make sure you have enough drink with you.

Aug 31, 2020 |
Coaching, 2020 -2021,  |

I guess my biggest project during Covid-19 crisis has been Restart Sailing. To get people back on the water sailing safely. We have of course seen extremes with some people very unwilling to leave their houses to others who just wanted to carry on as normal. Of course, this was perhaps led by their own personal experiences or scientific knowledge. Personally, I have had friends die and other friends who had the Corona Virus with absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. The good news is sailing is probably one of the best and safest activities we can be doing and the ILCA Nationals is one of the few Nationals going ahead this year and will be definitely be featured on the next show.

The aim of Restart Sailing was clear. To help people get back to sailing in a safe and fun way by carefully managing the risks. A packed changing room is obviously not a safe place if someone may have/be spreading the virus. Whereas once out on the water, hopefully on a nice sunny day and strong wind is perhaps the best environment you can be in! The RYA have done a great job here and I want to thank the RYA’s Racing Director Ian Walker for appearing on the Restart Sailing show.  The  show is shown live every 2 weeks on the Coach Yourself to Win Facebook page and then uploaded to the jonemmettsailing YouTube channel.

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Personal Coaching

Jon is an international racing coach mainly working 1:1 with aspirational sailors READ MORE

Sailing Talks

During the off season he travels around the World doing his Training to Win talks READ MORE

UKLA Regional Training

He is also the Training Officer for the Laser class in the UK and is always on hand for help and advice READ MORE

Jon's Coaching CV

The vast majority of his work comes from word of month but you can see his qualifications here READ MORE