- What the Authors Say
- What the Reviewers Say
- What we thought of Race Training with Jim Saltonstall
- Where can you buy Race Training with Jim Saltonstall?
What The Author/Publisher Say About Race Training with Jim Saltonstall
Race Training with Jim Saltonstall is for all those who wish to improve their personal performance within the most challenging sport in the world. It is aimed at racers at all levels of the sport, from club right through to international level. It aims to improve every aspect of a racer's personal performance from the most important - self-preparation - to boat preparation, boat handling, boat tuning, race strategy, starting, tactics, racing rules, compass work and meteorology. The book is aimed at all classes: dinghies, keelboats, catamarans and windsurfers as well as coaches at all levels, providing training programmes and exercises.
Jim Saltonstall's method of coaching and race training is acclaimed worldwide. This book is certain to be welcomed by his devotees as well as newcomers to the sport of racing.
What the Reviewers Say About Race Training with Jim Saltonstall
'If there is any one person responsible for the success of the current generation of British sailors it is Jim Saltonstall. Jim's 30 years' experience coaching at the top level gives the reader an invaluable insight in training techniques and coaching methods to prepare for a regatta. Race training gives you the opportunity to smooth out the weak areas and properly prepare for the upcoming event. If the training is well structured and fun then improvements will come quickly. Whatever the level, Race Training with Jim Saltonstall is a must-have for any racing sailor.'
'If you wanna win, ya gotta train. Jim Saltonstall is the man to show you how, having been an Olympic Coach and the senior RYA National Racing Coach for 20 years. Includes training programmes and exercises, and lots of all-round racing wisdom too.'
As you can see from Sir Ben Ainslie's comments above, Jim Saltonstall is widely regarded as one of the most influential (if not the most influential) drivers of British sailing's recent success in Olympic sailing. He's worked with the likes of Ainslie, Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson, Chris Draper and Nick Rogers, along with many, many other Olympians and World Champions.
But is there another side to all this?
How is it, I ask you, that this so called "legend" wasn't able to spot my undeniable talent and nurture me to multiple Olympic medals? I was part of the Optimist National Squad when Saltonstall was National Coach, and yet my mid-fleet brilliance never caught his eye as potential medal material.
This oversight notwithstanding, he was a brilliant coach, and this book is packed full of useful tips for sailors of all abilities. It covers a huge range of topics, and possibly my only criticism is that some of them might benefit from a bit more depth. I know from personal experience that he could probably have written a book on each of the chapters, and it must have been difficult deciding what to leave out to make the book a manageable size.
Saltonstall is a man with a knack for finding a useful phrase, and if this book were to have a motto it would probably be "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail" - a quote that he uses here. The book contains tons of useful information about how to form and implement a plan to improve your sailing, whatever level it is that you aim to achieve.
So if you are looking to coach yourself and develop your sailing performance, you could do far worse than taking the advice of a man that has supervised the training programmes of five Olympic gold, four silver and two bronze medallists.
Even if I wasn't one of them.