Please select your home edition
Vaikobi 2021 Boots - LEADERBOARD

"Sail Faster through Uncertain Times" - 60 Minutes of Live Q&A

by Andy Rice 11 May 2021 03:06 PDT 1700 BST, 1800 CET 12 May 2021
Road to Gold © Road to Gold

Whether you're a club racer, a dedicated Weekend Warrior or a full-time Olympic athlete, how do you continue to move forwards as a racing sailor during uncertain times? This is one of the questions that top racing coach Hamish Willcox and sailing journalist Andy Rice will be addressing on a Zoom live chat this Wednesday 12 May at 5pm UK time/ 6pm Central European Time.

Even when the racing calendar is written lightly in pencil and waiting to be inked in, with the prospect of delays and cancellations, that doesn't mean you can't keep on improving your racecraft, ready for when we're all out of lockdown again.

Whatever level you're currently at with your sailing, join Hamish and Andy for "Sail Faster through Uncertain Times", a 60-minute Q&A session to ask your specific questions, or just sit back and soak up the knowledge. This live call is part of Road To Gold, an online course launched last December which shares Hamish's 40 years of competing and coaching at world class level, as well as very successful spells at junior and youth level.

Having been part of Emirates Team New Zealand's performance coaching team during the recent America's Cup in Auckland, Hamish is currently in Santander, Spain, working with Pete Burling and Blair Tuke in their bid to defend the 49er Olympic title which they won in Rio 2016.

With just two and a half months remaining until the Tokyo Games, making maximum use of the short time available is more important than ever. That's another topic we'll be discussing - where to get the best 'bang for your buck' when you're on the water either training or competing. How to make the most progress in the shortest time possible.

Meanwhile in another part of the Iberian peninsula, Hamish's son Dan and his helmsman Paul Snow-Hansen have just won the 470 European Championships in Portugal after spending more than a year at home in New Zealand, away from international competition due to COVID restrictions.

So how is it possible to arrive at your first major regatta of the season and immediately be at the front of the fleet? Again, another topic that Hamish is well qualified to answer.

But the main point of this live Q&A is to give YOU an opportunity to get YOUR questions answered. So, here's how you get on the call:

  1. Sign up to the Facebook Group to get the Zoom link to the call.

  2. Click on the Zoom link and register to join the call.

  3. Even if you can't make the live call, once you're inside the Facebook Group there will be an option to download the recording for a small fee.

Whether you race dinghies, multis, boards, foilers or keelboats, if you're keen to improve your performance even if there's not much racing going on for you, make sure you get on this call.

Related Articles

This Monday: Q&A Live Call with Tom King
Olympic Champion looks at on 'Train Hard, Fight Easy' in part 2 of the series In the mid-90s Tom King was a reasonable but not spectacular 470 helmsman. However, when Victor Kovalenko joined the Australian Sailing Team as the 470 coach, Tom's world championship finishes progressed from 40th to 20th to 10th to 1st place. Posted on 22 May
This Monday: Q&A Live Call with Tom Ashley
Olympic Champion looks at on 'Train Hard, Fight Easy' 'Train Hard, Fight Easy' has become the watchword for many high performers in life. A phrase originally attributed to 16th century Russian general Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov, the motto has inspired elite soldiers and elite athletes too. Posted on 14 May
This Wednesday: Q&A Live Call with Stevie Morrison
Olympian reveals how to simplify a complicated sport Stevie Morrison won the 49er World Championship with teammate Ben Rhodes. Together the childhood friends from the west country in England went on to represent Great Britain twice at the Olympic Games, narrowly missing a medal at London 2012. Posted on 2 May
This Wednesday: Q&A Live Call with Nik Burfoot
Laser World Champion reveals how to adapt your technique for better boatspeed Nik Burfoot pioneered a new style of hiking that powered him towards becoming one of the dominant forces in the Laser during the 1990s. Competing against the likes of Robert Scheidt and Ben Ainslie, the Kiwi sailor won the world title in 1994. Posted on 19 Apr
This Wednesday: Q&A Live Call with Daniela Moroz
5x Kitefoiling World Champion, on how to think tactically at high speed At the age of 21, Daniela Moroz has already fitted in a lifetime's worth of winning. Raced in the San Francisco Bay area, Raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Daniela competed in her first international event at age 14. Posted on 11 Apr
Q&A Live Call with Saskia Clark
How to go Racing, and a life after the campaign On this week's Q&A call, it's the final Chapter of Road To Gold, which is all about Racing. So we're asking Saskia how you bring all the pieces together from your preparation to put your best foot forward on the big stage. Posted on 28 Mar
Q&A Live Call with Glenn Ashby
This Thursday: Q&A Live Call with Glenn Ashby, Olympic medallist and winning America's Cup skipper, This Thursday: Q&A Live Call with Glenn Ashby, Olympic medallist and winning America's Cup skipper, on Successful Strategy and Speed Records Posted on 8 Mar
Q&A Live Call with Stu Bithell
49er Olympic Champion and 470 silver medallist on Winning Tactics Always smiling, Stu Bithell is one of the most upbeat, most successful Olympic sailors of recent times. With a silver medal in the 470 and Olympic gold in the 49er, the British racer is also one of the most versatile. Posted on 1 Mar
Q&A Live Call with Chris Draper
Olympic medallist & America's Cup helmman, on boathandling Chris Draper won World Championship titles and an Olympic medal in the 49er skiff before moving on to become one of the most in-demand helmsmen and wing trimmers in the modern era of the America's Cup. Posted on 31 Jan
Q&A Live Call with Nick Thompson
Double Laser World Champion - Remove your Ego from Decision Making Two world titles in the Laser / ILCA 7 class mark out Nick Thompson as one of the best dinghy racers of his generation. His first world title came in 2015 after four previous times standing on the podium at Laser World Championships. Persistence paid off. Posted on 4 Jan
Zhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTERArmstrong-Logo-Only-728x90 gif BOTTOMRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTER