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Jim Young Sailing LLC

© 2005-16 Jim Young

Hot Boats for Hot Sailors
The Unltimate Resource for Laser Sailors!

1998 Tornado Worlds, Buzios, Brazil

Jim is a professional coach with 25 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.

2016 and counting..

Its looking already like a nuts year for us, Jim is on the road early coaching in Florida, and the elves are staying busy out in our solar powered yurt cutting lines. There will be some changes here as well, as we update our old look to a newer, tablet and phone - friendly layout, something we are debugging right now. And there just may be some new products on the near horizon, specifically for high-speed sailing. Stay with us, and enjoy the ride!

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.

In case you blinked last fall....

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.

Zhik 2012Zhik, the great gear from Down Under (Australia to many of you, also known as Oz...) is still our first choice for covering up on the water. While we don't stock most of their gear - we are too focused on our coaching to be a full-line, full-time mail-orer business - we will happily recommend and advise, and send you to where your can indulge your wishes. Zhik also helps keep us covered while coaching, on the water and land, and we appreciate their support!

Click on their logo to view their catalog. Stay warm, stay dry, stay Zhik!

Web Site Security

On our web site here, you do not need to have any concerns at all, we do not gather any personal information when you are visiting, and for those of you concerned about online purchases, we do not collect or store any of your information, and we don't ask you to register or set up an account to read what we have to say or to buy from us. All purchases here are done through PayPal, using their very secure and reliable resources, no credit card information comes to us al all.


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 for complete info.


The Rules; The Racing Rules of Sailing get modified/unpdated every four years, and 2013 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.

Great Deals don't last forever...

We are offering great prices on a couple hot Zhik items, their nifty shorts and their Hydrophobic Fleece tops, go to the Zhik page to see what prices and sizes are available.

And two more great deals that are getting close to the end, as we wind down our GUL stock, the prices keep gettting lower on their great Spray Top and their padded hiking shorts. But sizes are disappearing, check out the GUL page to see if you can still get yours!

Great Stuff for Instructors and Coaches - and the really active sailors in your family

We are offering a pair of packs from Overboard, one is a specialty pack to keep critical gear absolutely dry, the other a great all-in-one water-resistant pack, on the boat or around town (or campus), complete with padded computer sleeve.Check them out on the Packs page.

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.

Opti Splashes

Hike out, go fast, have fun!

That's how sailing should be!!

Some of our Training Sessions 2009 Training

June training sessions

On-Line Shopping

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.

Zim Sailing 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.

2013-1016 Racing Rules of Sailing Study Version

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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