This weekend I did my 1st Sunday club race of the season at Castle Cove Sailing Club. The conditions in Portland harbour were great: 20 knots, gusting 26 although there are no photos to prove this because the race team of Kev and Dave had their hands full looking after the fleet and perhaps for me it was good there was no photographic evidence after such a long time out of the boat.
Well I was going to write a blog entitled, “We are going to the Olympics” and then… everything changed.
Laser2020 seems a long time ago and so much has changed since then. With the 2020 Radial World Championships being the final event in the qualification we did the best possible preparation. Indeed Sandringham Yacht Club feels very much like home and I do miss it. James Mitchell and his team did an amazing job and I also need to say a special thanks to Ajay and Hannah who looked after our stuff over the Christmas holidays. You can see many interviews from all these events (Standard Worlds, Radial Worlds and Masters Oceanic Championships) on the Jonemmettsailing youtube channel.
Looking back it seems a long time ago I won the Apprentice Masters Worlds in Holland and you may be surprised to read that I was not completely happy with my performance. Lack of practice in light areas showed and it is definitely something I need to work on. Read more...
Summary of the year so far...
A summary of 2018
In 2017 Jon became Technical Director for Malaysia.
The Olympics is perhaps not what you would expect
They say variety is the spice of life and I am always keen to learn. By doing different jobs it not only makes the coaching more interesting and enjoyable but new experiences make a great way to improve.
The year has certainly flown by and whilst I miss coaching the Chinese girls Lijia Xu and Dongshuang Zhang.
Never say never again
Well what a year 2012 was! An Olympic Gold medal and World Sailor of the Year for Lijia Xu.
Perth 2011: ISAF Sailing World Championships
The Europa Cup series has always been a stable part of my campaign for the Worlds
It was nice to end the season on a high with a win at the Radial Inlands Rutland where 104 sailors competed in the light winds
The winter is the time I do most of my coaching, as this is the period when there is the least racing in the Northern hemisphere…
Jon Emmett has over 20 years of coaching experience from grass roots to Olympic Gold.