Jim is a professional coach with over 30 years of Olympic-level experience, for 4 National Teams, in 3 sports, in two countries, two of those as Head Coach. Most of his recent years has been spent privately coaching athletes from many countires around the world. Beginning in 2005, Jim's goal has been to "settle down" and spend more time in the USA, especially with youth.
Jim's Sailing Background
Former Team, Pan Am, and Olympic Coach
Former XC Development Coach, Coaches Education
Former Head Coach
Former Head Coach
Equipment is nice,
but it is knowledge and skill that gets
someone to the top.
Browse around the site, and you will find a wealth of information and links, for sailors as well as for event organizers. There are of course some products here that are for sale, they are here to help support the coaching and coaching programs for youth. This is not trying to be a retail store, just a place to come to get information, ideas, and the occasional product that I find that really offers something extra.
AS the years go by, we change along with everything else in the world. We'll be focusing more here on custom lines for small boats, along with our continuing efforts to keep some older classes still enjoyed by their sailors afloat with the parts and pieces needed. In the coaching world, we'll be doing less medium and long term projects with a few more weekend clinics and seminars. And we'll stay in touch with our sailors at the top of the world in the classes pushing the boundaries of what we can do on the water!
The photo on the right is one of Jim's, training the Odyessy Racing team of Stephanie Hudson and Dalton Tebo on Sarasota Bay in November of 2015. The pictured Nacra 17 has curved boards, making it known as a 'semi-foiling' boat. The class, after the 2016 Olympics in Rio (won by an old friend from Jim's Tornado days, Santiago Lange from Argentina) has voted and moved on, with World Sailing approving for the 2020 Olympics an upgraded version of the boat with full-foiling boards and rudders. So instead of just flying 'sometimes', its on full-speed-ahead to flying almost all the time!
Meanwhile, Optis are still Optis, with no sign of any slow-down anywhere in youth sailing. And club 420s are still club 420s with a huged base in all of North America - but signs of a few more of the light-weight, International 420, making its way into the US. We're excited for the new year, we hope you all have a great season!
In case you blinked ....
The International Sailing Federation, the world-wide governing body of sailing, has changed its name to World Sailing, and with it a subtle adjustment to its logo (on the sidebar on the left.) Nothing else, just a name, so now we don't have to say "eye-seff" (ISAF), we can just say "World Sailing", aligning with the names of many of the national federations, such as our own US Sailing.
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We are doing some background work on the web site, and amoung the things we are adding are some articles that Jim has written over the years that still apply. The first one up is an article titled "Mind Games", written for US Sailing back in 1983, but still loaded with advice that applies to the racing sailors of today. Click the title to read the pdf.
At Zim World Headquarters in Warren, RI, they continue to add and inovate to their collection of boats aimed specifically at serving the youth, sailing school, and club markets. Visit their web site at ZimSailing.com for complete info.
The Rules; The Racing Rules of Sailing get modified/unpdated every four years, and 2017 begins a new 4-year cycle. Click the link to see the new Rules, and make sure you are current when you get on the water this season.
And did you know that most classes use something called the Equipment Rules of Sailing to standardize the definitions of all of the parts and pieces, including sails, on the boats that we play on? These Rules make sure we are all speaking the same language. Take a look, and improve your own understanding of the sport.
Better, Smarter, Faster
Every year brings more opportunities to get ahead - or fall further behind. This season of training and racing has already started, and our training philosophy reflects how we view the way to move up in this sport. Has your team/club signed up? We have a very busy schedule, with only a few time slots still open later in the summer.
International Customers shopping on-line here; Estimated Shipping will be added to all orders from Australia and Canada; for all others, your shopping cart will show $0 shipping, we will calculate the best rate and send you an electronic bill for charges before shipping.
Hike out, go fast, have fun!
That's how sailing should be!!
If you see something listed on our shopping pages and there is no "Add to Cart" button next to it, that means that we are out of stock. Simply drop us a note and we'll let you know when we expect to be able to ship.
Need to upgrade your youth program? Nothing like a fleet of new boats
to get kids - and their parents - more excited about what you are doing. Jim
can help, with Optis and C420s from Zim, as well as the right kind of advice
and help to make your program better. Contact us.
The 2013-16 Racing Rules of Sailing Are Available On-Line
The ISAF has published the Racing Rules for 2013-2016, and we have them here. This is the 'study' version, which highlights the changes from the previous edition of the Rules.
How Serious are You About Getting Better?
Jan 14, 2007, Rush Creek Yacht Club, Dallas TX, 10-12 mph winds, and 25° F: Some of my Opti training group that got in 4 hours sailing that day, the middle day of a 5 day training camp that totaled over 18 hours of sailing while the rest of Dallas was hiding from from the freezing rain and ice.
What are YOU doing to get better? If your idea of winter is sitting inside and waiting, then these sailors just got farther ahead of you. You can't catch anyone by doing less work. (And these kids will tell you that they all had fun - they all had on the right gear including waterproof socks - and will never be intimidated by any Yankee sailor's stories about frostbiting!)
(The fog in the background of the photo is the typical 'steam' cloud that rises above a lake when the air is much colder than the water, heat and moisture leaving the lake surface. Its common on lakes just before they feeze.)
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