About Jon

Be Your Own Tactics Coach

Jon Emmett is a professional sailing coach. He is also the Vice Chairman and Training Officer for the UKLA (UK Laser class) He worked with Lijia Xu from China from 2011 to 2016, the highlight of which was her winning the Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

He still races himself and in 2017 he was Apprentice Master World Champion and European Champion.


His first book Be Your Own Sailing Coach was a great success and has recently been republished as Coach Yourself to Win.

His second book Be Your Own Tactics Coach is still going strong and both books are available to buy from Amazon.


Coach Yourself to Win

On Facebook Jon has a Coach Yourself to Win page where he has all the latest videos and pictures from the most important sailing events.

A Coach Yourself to Win group where you can find key Notices of Race, Sailing Instructions plus the latest news and results.

A Jon Emmett Sailing page, where you can read about his current racing and coaching actives and finally there is a Jonemmettsailing channel on YouTube with many useful instructional videos.


Be the best you can be

Personal Coaching

Jon is an international racing coach mainly working 1:1 with aspirational sailors READ MORE

Sailing Talks

During the off season he travels around the World doing his Coach Yourself to Win talks READ MORE

UKLA Regional Training

He is also the Training Officer for the Laser class in the UK and is always on hand for help and advice READ MORE

Jon's Coaching CV

The vast majority of his work comes from word of month but you can see his qualifications here READ MORE

"come on in the water's loverly"

Latest Blog

Nov 3, 2017 |
Coaching, 2016 - 2017,  |

As expected, the level of competition at Enoshima Olympic week (although this seems a misnomer as it was only a 3-day event) was higher than at the Gamagori World Cup, with many teams keen to get as much practice as possible at the Olympic venue.


Oct 25, 2017 |
Coaching, 2016 - 2017,  |

Straight after the Radial Europeans it was back to the UK although this was not quite so smooth as with 3 bags and 2 hands I managed to get 1 piece of luggage stuck the other side of the automatic exit doors at Gatwick to me and my bike bag plus hand luggage.

Oct 12, 2017 |
Coaching, 2016 - 2017,  |

Immediately after the Masters Worlds in Split I flew to the Radial Europeans in Barcelona, where I was coaching Tuula Tenkanen from Finland rather than racing myself. Gatwick Airport was extremely busy as it was the day sadly Monarch Airlines went bust. I bumped into Shirley Robertson who I worked with for the 2000 Olympics with no less than 8 large luggage's (full of filming equipment as she now works in media for CNN). Luckily for me I was travelling light, bag number 2. was already in Tuula's van where it lives along with my road bike all year long and meets me at continental European events. The last time I coach Tuula was in Helsinki the previous month where we did a few days training with Line Flem Host from Norway before Tuula won the Nationals and we packed the RIB and boats for Barcelona. The ferry from Helsinki to Bilbao took a week, then it was one day's drive to Barcelona, so Tuula had a little break from sailing and I just had time to race the Masers Worlds.