Mental and Physical Fitness for Sailing by Alan Beggs, John Derbyshire and John Whitmore

Mental and Physical Fitness for Sailing covers the psychological and physical aspects of sailing very well, especially for aspiring club sailors
Mental and Physical Fitness for Sailing

Mental and Physical Fitness for Sailing (Sail to Win)



What The Authors Say About Mental and Physical Fitness for Sailing

Sailing has moved on from the days when flair was all you needed to win an international championship. Today it's really tough out there, and you need to reach the peak of your mental and physical potential if you are to be successful. This book shows you how.

Parts 1 and 2 describe the psychological strategies the world-class sailors use in training and competition They are liberally illustrated with examples contributed by top sailors who use the techniques - and find them essential.

  • Set goals for confidence-building and competition.
  • Learn effective self-talk and straight thinking.
  • Make stress work for you, not against you.
  • Harness the power of visualisation.
  • Learn to stay focussed so that you can cope with distractions.
  • Build and maintain the on-boat relationships that really work.

Part 3 focuses on physical fitness, a topic which many sailors neglect at their peril. It is based on a non-technical and very practical approach, and is comprehensively illustrated with action photographs.

  • Plan your own fitness programme.
  • Aerobic and anaerobic fitness - get the balance right.
  • Recognise the value of rest and recovery in a fitness programme.
  • Learn how to train on the water, in the gym, and on simulators.
  • Understand nutrition, the most neglected topic in training and competition.


What we thought of Mental and Physical Fitness for Sailing

Mental and Physical Fitness for Sailing covers the psychological and physical aspects of sailing very well, especially for aspiring club sailors. Whilst the book looks a little dated now, most of the material, especially the psychological stuff, is still pretty current, and in terms of getting some improvement at club or regional level it has most of the areas it discusses well covered. It is clearly written, and the ideas are well explained with examples to aid understanding.

The physical fitness section is good, but probably suffers in terms of looking dated due to the photographs that were used. However, it does have some useful advice for the different physical challenges offered by different types of sailing, and all the material is still relevant. With a limited range of books covering physical fitness specifically for sailing, this is a very good resource to help begin a fitness regime, or to add variety to a regime already being done.

All in all this is still an good little book, and it can be found relatively inexpensively these days.



Where Can You Buy Mental and Physical Fitness for Sailing?

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