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.
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.
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!
Well, now with the cancellation of Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile in April (The French Olympic week - Hyeres regatta) it looks like I am almost a resident in Lanzarote. I am now eyeing the increasing number of new Covid-19 cases in Bulgaria, where we are meant to have the ILCA Europeans in May and wondering if that regatta will also be cancelled. We have been so lucky here in the Canary Islands where we have been able to continue to race and train in a very safe way.
This year is the 1st year that I have coached at the Lanzarote winter series and I have to say the atmosphere was great. I have always enjoyed being on the Canary Island and everyone was just so grateful to be racing again. It seems such a long time since the European Championships in Poland and with the recent postponement of the Princess Sofia regatta in Palma until October 2nd – 9th no one is quite sure when we will all be back racing again. Indeed, I suspect most of us will stay here to train until our next major regatta…
In this mini-series of articles, we shall be looking at the main sail controls for the Laser. Now whilst some things are personal preference such as, do you prefer an oval or cylindrical tiller extension, there is always a best way of doing things or at the very least an appropriate way to find the best individual solution for you.
We will start with the Outhaul system perhaps because it is often the most neglected control line and it really shouldn’t be. Indeed, in the dim and distance past long before the advent of the XD control lines we have now, the Outhaul was just ran along the boom to the cleat and many people didn’t adjust it all day or at most adjusted it once a leg!
Jon is an international racing coach mainly working 1:1 with aspirational sailors READ MORE