Learn how to sail the world’s most popular junior sailing boat fast.
Originally written by Ben Ainslie’s Optimist coach, this new edition has been completely updated by top
international coach, Steve Irish. It shows how to achieve blistering boatspeed through technique and tuning, perfect boat handling and tactics as well as covering the mental and physical requirements for success.
key selling points
The Optimist is the world’s most popular junior sailing boat.
Bang up to date – 10 year’s more up-to-date than any other book on the subject.
Written by two expert coaches with proven success.
Steve Irish is a world-class professional sailing coach. He has worked for the British Sailing Team, Turkish Sailing
Federation and Thailand’s 49er team amongst others. He is a previous 420 World Champion and multiple National Champion in the RS800 class. He has coached teams to world championship success.
Phil Slater was an RYA Optimist Racing Coach and has been the UK Optimist Team Coach at numerous championships. He was Ben Ainslie’s first sailing coach, training him to win the UK National Optimist Championships and compete in 4 Optimist World Championships. As a sailor himself he was Firefly National Champion.