About Jon

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 2016 he topped the UK Radial Ladder and was crowned Masters Radial Europeans 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.


Jon has both a Coach Yourself to Win page and a Coach Yourself to Win group on facebook which he uses to share useful information and live feeds from regattas. Finally there is a jonemmettsailing channel on youtube.

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

Apr 6, 2017 |
Coaching, 2016 - 2017,  |

I have just returned from the Princess Sofia regatta in Palma were Tuula Tenkanen finished a very creditable 6th despite an OCS in the medal race...

Mar 10, 2017 |
Coaching, 2016 - 2017,  |

The key to sustained high performance is looking at the big picture and considering long term benefits over short term gains every time.

Feb 13, 2017 |
2016 - 2017,  |

Jon is now Technical Director for the Malaysian Sailing Association.