About Jon

Be Your Own Tactics Coach

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.   


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 activates 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 26, 2018 |
Coaching, Racing, UKLA, 2017-2018,  |

Masters Inlands

Well the year is gradually drawing to a close and I write this as I pack to head out for Vilamoura, Portugal, for our 2nd Camp there. With the temperature in the UK dropping sharply we are able to access much warmer training here, on the same time zone, with just a 2 hour flight. Tuula enjoyed a long break from sailing after Japan and now is on the way back up while Lucia is working hard in Argentina, where the weather is much better than Europe this time of year!


Sep 25, 2018 |
Coaching, 2017-2018,  |

It was wonderful to see 4 of our training group make it to the top 10 in Japan and therefore qualify for the medal race, with Josefin Olsson with  SWE coming top with silver overall (Hannah Snellgrove GBR 4th, Tuula Tenkanen FIN 5th, and Alison Young GBR 8th)… with less than 2 years to go to the Olympic Games themselves and most MNAs (Member National Authorities, for example the RYA) are  starting their Olympic trials in the next 6 – 12 months it is going to be a very busy time. Although it is interesting to note that Marit Bouwmeester NED not only won the event but her MNA selection as well (qualifying for her 3rd games at Tokyo 2020).

Aug 12, 2018 |
Racing, 2017-2018,  |

As I write this the World Cup finale in Marseille seems a long time ago. Indeed next week I shall be jumping on a plane to Japan to start preparation for the 1st World Cup of the 2018/2019 season and it may be the last full World Cup series we do in this cycle because in the Olympic year the World Championship (in Victoria during February) and venue specific training in Enoshima take priority.

Aarhus 2018