Jon Emmett is a professional sailing coach and Training Officer for the UKLA (UK Laser Class Association) 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 now coaches Tuula Tenakanen and Lucia Falasca.
He still races himself and in 2018 he was Apprentice Master European Champion and top of the UK Radial Ladder.
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 Training 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 activates and finally there is a Jonemmettsailing channel on YouTube with many useful instructional videos.
Jon is an international racing coach mainly working 1:1 with aspirational sailors READ MORE
“This is how it ends,” I thought to myself as the boom pushed down hard on my buoyancy aid, pinning me to the centreboard casing as the boat, slowly, ever so slowly, capsized. The relationship with a new boat is always a difficult one. The 49er certainly taught me a few lessons, the hard way, which I will long remember, and this was perhaps the Solo’s way of teaching me that you need to let the kicker off before you tack!
And now for something completely different! After 3 regattas in a row (Princess Sofia, Hyeres, and the Europeans) it was time for a well-earned holiday, and what better than have my first ever attempt to foil, and where better than Murcia!
The beauty of Provela is there are several boats all designed to foil such as the F101, Whisper, Whazp, Moth, rather than retrofitting hulls which for example may well weigh 3 times as much as a Moth if not more. The F101 is a trimaran with code zero, meaning it can foil in the lightest of winds and when it comes off the foils it is super stable. Think of foiling with stabilisers. The Whazp and Moth are the other end of the scale, a tiny boat (think body of Waszp or Moth with wings) and just 1 sail. Finally, with the Whisper you can tick all the boxes: twin trapeze, jib, main and asymmetric spinnaker. With Simon Cooper, we got it to foil both up and downwind, admittedly on quite hot angles due to the wind.
Hyeres has always been one of Tuula’s favourite regattas, and Hyeres 2019, just like 2017, came down to the final race with Tuula guaranteed Silver but needing 4 boats between her and Mari Erdi to guarantee Gold. A good start and good positioning gave Tuula the points difference she need. You can see her celebrating her win here.