Please select your home edition
Edition
True Kit

NZ's Mark Littlejohn named US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider coach

by Dana Paxton on 8 May 2013
. .
US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Program named Mark Littlejohn of Auckland, New Zealand as a coach of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.

Working directly with High Performance Director Charlie McKee, he will focus on accentuating the performance plan for sailors campaigning in Olympic singlehanded classes. From 2004-2008 Mark headed the Youth Olympic Project for Dutch sailing and then personally coached from 2008 to 2012 Marit Bouwmeester to an Olympic silver medal in the Laser Radial.

'As we dig deep into expanding the technical excellence of the U.S. Olympic Program, we aim to surround U.S. sailors with the best resources possible,' said McKee. 'There are few coaches who can match Mark’s reputation and success, and we are fortunate to have him on our team.'


Littlejohn has spent his career in singlehanded dinghies, both competing and coaching. In the lead-up to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., he served as a full-time training partner to Ben Ainslie (GBR) when he won his first of five medals, a silver medal in the Laser. In the next Olympic quadrennium, Littlejohn was a full-time coach to Shirley Robertson (GBR), who won her first of two gold medals in the Europe Dinghy at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, AUS.

'I’m pleased to join such a vibrant team of coaches,' said Littlejohn. 'My coaching philosophy is simple and one that has served well: Work hard, work smart and plan well. Everything that you do must underpin self-confidence and self-belief.'
US Sailing
Hall Spars - MastLancer Not EqualMackay Boats

Related Articles

Volvo Ocean Race to strengthen historic connection with Southern Ocean
The changes include a commitment to race activity in every calendar year and a proposed non-stop lap around Antarctica The race has launched a Host City tender process for three editions after the upcoming 2017-18 race – with a commitment to there being race activity of some kind in each and every calendar year. That marks a clear evolution from the current situation, which features a gap of over two years between races.
Posted today at 6:11 pm
To the wire at the Vice Admiral's Cup
Bullit came out ahead on second beat in today's first race but was leading at first weather mark rounding in the second. The leaderboard was so tight across the seven classes of one designs and level rating boats that in many, discards decided the outcome.
Posted today at 10:51 am
Commanding Platoon wins Rolex Tp52 Worlds
The 2017 Rolex TP52 Worlds were won by Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon from Germany. The 2017 Rolex TP52 Worlds were won by Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon from Germany. In some respects, they made it look easy, never seeming to put a foot wrong and winning by a seven-point margin from Quantum Racing. This is not even half the story.
Posted today at 3:25 am
RORC Vice Admiral's Cup - Invictus celebrates in Cowes
Sir Keith Mills' British Ker 40+ Invictus has won the opening scoring round of the 2017 FAST40+ Race Circuit Sir Keith Mills' British Ker 40+ Invictus, helmed by Alex Mills has won the opening scoring round of the 2017 FAST40+ Race Circuit, winning the FAST40+ Class at the Royal Ocean Racing Club Vice Admiral's Cup. Eleven teams took part from England, Germany, the Netherlands and Scotland. The intensity of the competition was such that over the eight race series, run on a variety of courses
Posted today at 1:54 am
Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 5 action-shots by Nico Martinez
Nico Martinez provided this gallery of action-shots from 2017 Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 5. Nico Martinez provided this gallery of action-shots from 2017 Rolex TP52 World Championship – Day 5.
Posted on 21 May
Super steady Platoon win Rolex TP52 World Championship title
Platoon crew got better of five-time title holders Quantum Racing during an exciting winner takes all final day showdown Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon crew got the better of the five-time title holders Quantum Racing during an exciting winner takes all final day showdown to win the Rolex TP52 World Championship title for the first time. Their seemingly unerring consistency across the challenging, hard-to-read conditions proved telling.
Posted on 21 May
Podium finish for Azzurra in the Rolex TP52 World Championship
Fresh northwesterly 15-18 knot wind forecast for today didn’t fill in until after 2pm, allowing only one race to be run. Azzurra won big time on the last day for a well earned third overall. Platoon is the new world champion; the circuit’s next event will be in Porto Cervo.
Posted on 20 May
Melges 24 European Sailing Series – Three amazing races on Day 2
A steady Peler of variable intensity between eight and 15 knots allowed the completion of three very fast races The Hungarian entry FGF Sailing Team HUN-728 (8-3-2) with Robert Bakoczy in helm climbs up to the third position, while Travis Weisleder's Lucky Dog / Gill Race Team USA-848 (12-13-15), under the spotlight in this event for the presence of the 470 Olympian sailor and Melges 24 World Champion David Hughes aboard, slips down in seventh position after having closed as second the first day of racing.
Posted on 20 May
Rolex TP52 World Championship – Final day images by Max Ranchi
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from final day Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from final day
Posted on 20 May
Antigua Bermuda Race – Day 9 – Tenacious finish
At around midnight last night, Jason and Judy Payne-James' Dufour 45, Heartbeat IV crossed the finish line in Bermuda. At around midnight last night, Jason and Judy Payne-James' Dufour 45, Heartbeat IV crossed the finish line in Bermuda.
Posted on 20 May