Strategy and Tactic

Philipp and Julian Autenrieth: "The best tactic and strategy decide the outcome, while the boat and the conditions are more or less the same for everyone.  Whoever can make the best out of these conditions, wins."


Alan Williams (GBR)

Coach, Author and Manager

Alan Williams
RYA Optimist

Alan Williams is coach, author, and manager of Plas Menai National Watersports Center, Wales (GB).

His books "Optimist-Handbook" and "Das ultimative Opti-Buch" are available in both English and German. The latest addition to the RYA racing series and a brilliant book to get youngsters interested and involved in sailing and racing, “The Optimist” is one of the best-known and biggest children classes in the world. Over 150,000 are registered (although a lot more are made) and are sailed in over 110 countries. The 'Oppy' has been the starter boat for young sailors who have developed a lifelong love of sailing; some have gone on to achieve Olympic gold medals and around the world sailing success. The first part of this wonderful new book will help young sailors to understand the basics of sailing an Optimist, and, with the help of top tips and handy hints from well known sailors and coaches, develop their skills and confidence. The second part continues on to more advanced techniques and racing. Chapters include “Choosing and Setting up the Boat and Rig,” “Basic and Advanced Sailing,” “Mark Rounding,” “Wind and Weather,” “Tactics and Strategy,” “Goal Setting,” “Racing Rules” and “Clothing.” (Source: )