Tactics Made Simple

Sailboat racing tactics explained simply

Jon Emmett

Explains simply what tactics you can apply around the race track with advice for the beginner, intermediate and advanced sailor. Individual boats are given names to allow easy understanding. Individual chapters take you around the racecourse, from before you get on the water, through the pre-start, start, different legs and manoeuvres.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Series :
Sail to Win
Illustration :
6 Halftones, color; 253 Diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912177257
Pages : 104
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion, Paul Goodison, explains why this book is important if you want to win races. He says: “To win sailboat races you need to sail the boat fast. This comes down to hours on the water training and tuning – there are few shortcuts to hours of practising on the water. To consistently win races you need to sail fast and smart – making the right decisions to sail the best course. If you are not the fastest boat, you are still able to win races and regattas by managing risk and sailing smart. This is where good tactics come in. But, unlike boatspeed, tactics may be learnt by thinking about each leg of the course and different situations from the comfort of your own home. Jon Emmett’s new book, Tactics Made Simple, is a great tool to help fast track this learning.” This book explains simply, through hundreds of diagrams, what tactics can be applied around the race track. Individual boats in each scenario are given names so that you can easily understand what they are doing. Individual chapters take you around the race course, from before you get on the water, through the pre-start, start, different legs and manoeuvres. Each section contains detailed advice for the beginner, intermediate and advanced sailor so you can just look at the level of tactics relevant to you. Ideal for dinghy sailors, there is also a wealth of advice that will benefit yachtsmen. This is a practical way to improve your racing results, whether starting out, moving up the club circuit or competing at national level and beyond. Originally published by Wiley Nautical as Be Your Own Tactics Coach.

About The Author

Jon Emmett is a successful Laser Radial sailor, representing the UK internationally for over 15 years. A professional coach and expert dinghy sailor, he is a National, European and World champion, impressively having won the UK National Championships three times! He is also a yacht racing tactician who lectures on tactics and racing, and is the training officer for the UK Laser Association. The British sailor coached Chinese Laser Radial sailing star Xu Lijia to a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.




Pre Start



The First Beat


Windward Mark

Tight Reaching

Beam Reaching

Broad Reaching

Running Symmetric

Running Asymmetric


Leeward Mark

Leeward Gates

The Second Beat

The Final Beat

The Finish

Being Consistent

Attacking and Defending

The Weather

Index of Boat Names

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