Optimist Racing

A Manual for sailors, parents & coaches

Steve Irish, Phil Slater

Learn how to sail the world's most popular junior sailing boat fast. Originally written by Ben Ainslie's Optimist coach, this new edition has been completely updated by top coach Steve Irish. It shows how to achieve blistering boatspeed through technique and tuning, perfect boat handling and tactics as well as covering the mental and physical side.
Date Published :
March 2020
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Language:
English
Series :
Sail to Win
Illustration :
215 color photos, 46 diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912177189
Pages : 120
Dimensions : 9.45 X 6.69 inches
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Overview
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The Optimist is the most popular junior sailing class worldwide, with thousands of young people actively racing them and hundreds attending the major events in the class. It has been the nursery for most of the top racing sailors in the world including all the Team GBR gold medallists at the last 2 Olympics (Sir Ben Ainslie, Hannah Mills, Saskia Clark and Giles Scott) – the same will be true for most other countries. Optimist Racing is written for those sailors, parents and coaches who are looking for success in this competitive class. In it you will learn what it takes to win, including how to achieve blistering boatspeed through technique and tuning, perfect boat handling and tactics as well as covering the mental and physical requirements for success. There is also a section for parents and coaches describing how they can best support their young sailors. Originally written by Ben Ainslie’s Optimist coach, Phil Slater, this new edition has been completely updated by top international racing coach, Steve Irish, who can be found coaching Optimist and other sailors worldwide. This book is the up-to-date handbook for sailing an Optimist fast.

About The Author
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Steve Irish is a world-class professional sailing coach. He has worked for the British Sailing Team, Turkish Sailing Federation and Thailand’s 49er team amongst others. He is a previous 420 World Champion and multiple National Champion in the RS800 class. Since devoting himself to racing coaching full-time in 2003 he has coached teams to world championship success. He coaches Optimist sailors regularly both in the UK and around the world.

Phil Slater was an RYA Optimist Racing Coach and has been the UK Optimist Team Coach at numerous championships. He was Ben Ainslie’s first sailing coach, training him to win the UK National Optimist Championships and compete in 4 Optimist World Championships. As a sailor himself he was Firefly National Champion.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Foreword; Introduction; PART ONE: SPEED: Speed Basics, Sail & Rig, Upwind Speed, Downwind Speed; PART TWO: BOAT HANDLING & TACTICS: Basic Boat Handling, Tactics; PART THREE: EQUIPMENT & TUNING: Mast Rake, Fast Gear; PART FOUR: WIND & CURRENT SKILLS: Seeing The Wind, Current; PART FIVE: MIND & BODY: Mental Fitness, The Perfect Body, Physical Fitness; PART SIX: PARENTS & COACHES: For Parents, The Perfect Coach.

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