A while ago I said I would talk about grass roots sailing, well here we go. I started my sailing career in Toppers sailing with Crawley Mariners Yacht Club at Hedgecourt Lake before changing to the larger water of Weir Wood Sailing Club where I later progressed to sailing the Laser (there were no 4.7s or Radials when I started sailing).
I have just returned from the South East Asian games in Langkawi, Malaysia, where I was working as Technical Director for the host Malaysian Sailing who were delighted to come away as top sailing country with medals in every event with a total of 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze.
The one thing all top sailors seem to have in common is the ability to take responsibility for their actions. You won't hear them talking about a bad wind or an unlucky shift. They will relish every mistake they make as an opportunity to improve themselves and make themselves even better.
Or to put it another way, failing to plan is planning to fail.
I have just returned from the Princess Sofia regatta in Palma were Tuula Tenkanen finished a very creditable 6th despite an OCS in the medal race...
The key to sustained high performance is looking at the big picture and considering long term benefits over short term gains every time.
Jon is now Technical Director for the Malaysian Sailing Association.
Jon will once again be doing book signings at the Dinghy show.
We set out with probably our strongest team GB yet for the 2016 Masters Europeans in Hvar, Croatia.
He still races himself and in 2016 he topped the UK Radial Ladder and was crowned Masters Radial Europeans Champion.
He worked with Lijia Xu from China from 2011 to 2016, the highlight of which was her winning since the Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Jon Emmett has over 20 years of coaching experience from grass routes to Olympic Gold.