Following on from the RYA Optimist Handbook, this title is an ideal reference guide for all coaches of youth sailors.
Author Alan Williams is one of the world's most experienced and admired Optimist coaches.
The book not only benefits from his extensive expertise and skills to covers every aspect of coaching but also includes tips from many international sailing coaches. No coach or aspiring coach can afford to be without it!
- Basic psychology and mental toughness
- Coaching techniques
- The coaching plan
- Advanced boat handling and speed
- The finish
- Team racing
- Working with parents
The book is based around the author's experience with Optimist coaching but all the principles and great content apply to youth coaching in general.
Good coaching often leads to a young sailor's lifetime enjoyment and promotion of sailing. Many young sailors go on to Olympic or professional sailing careers - including becoming a coach.
This book – coaching for the coaches – is aimed as much at the pros as the parents. The author, one of the world’s leading Optimist Coaches, brings to the book all his expertise, covering every aspect of coaching, with tips and new ideas to help you – pro or parent – on and off the water … it is an invaluable aid. Sailing SA, July 2011
Fantastic and will be of great help… congratulations to Alan Williams and the RYA…RYA Member, March 2011
The depth of influence is reflected in the breadth of advice between these covers. Chris Gowers, GBR Olympic Laser Coach, 2011
I really like the high intensity games included in the book. Stephen Park OBE, RYA Olympic Manager, 2011
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Prize draw winner
This book was launched with a prize draw to win a day with Alan Williams, the book’s author and former GBR Optimist Coach. It was won by Steve Gibbon from Kielder Water Sailing Club in Northumberland. Afterwards, Steve said it was a hugely enjoyable day with much to take away.
Read more about his experience.