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Get Faster and Smarter by Sitting on Your Couch by Kim Couranz

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f someone told you that you could become a better sailor by spending some time cozied up in your living room, would you believe them? Can snuggling up on the couch with a virtual coach make you faster? While of course on-sofa time can’t truly replace on-boat time and definitely won’t build your sailing fitness (unless you’re multitasking by doing some stretching, too), new technology has enabled coaches to join you in your living room via ebooks, videos, and webinars. With the crazy cold winter we’ve had, water temperatures have been running colder than usual, too. This may push some of our springtime tune-up and boathandling practice sessions back a bit. A little focus time learning from some of the best in the business can make your on-the-water time—once you get there—even more worthwhile.

Watching top sailors in action, then visualizing yourself making the same movements, can pay great dividends. Visualization has long been used in other sports (“picture yourself connecting bat to ball”); why not in sailing? For more than 20 years, Jon Emmett, an outstanding Laser sailor from Great Britain, has helped other sailors build their skills—including China’s Lijia Xu, whom he coached through to her gold medal in the Laser Radial in the 2012 Olympic Games. Jon has captured some of his ideas on paper—and now in ebooks—so you can stay on the couch and use your wireless to download his coaching gems. “There are just some points (and indeed diagrams) that I have done countless times, and so it made sense for me to write ‘Be Your Own Sailing Coach’ to try and help the people

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