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

Sep 11, 2017 |
2016 - 2017,  |

A while ago I said I would talk about grass roots sailing, well here we go. I started my sailing career in Toppers sailing with Crawley Mariners Yacht Club at Hedgecourt Lake before changing to the larger water of Weir Wood Sailing Club where I later progressed to sailing the Laser (there were no 4.7s or Radials when I started sailing).

Sep 6, 2017 |
Coaching, 2016 - 2017,  |

I have just returned from the South East Asian games in Langkawi, Malaysia, where I was working as Technical Director for the host Malaysian Sailing who were delighted to come away as top sailing country with medals in every event with a total of 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze.

Jul 25, 2017 |
Coaching, 2016 - 2017,  |

The one thing all top sailors seem to have in common is the ability to take responsibility for their actions. You won't hear them talking about a bad wind or an unlucky shift. They will relish every mistake they make as an opportunity to improve themselves and make themselves even better.