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Coaching for Advanced Racers

Tobias Schadewaldt (GER): "Tactical Sailing is useful for learning strategy and tactics."

"My impression is that it will be very helpful, especially for beginners in the regatta area, if there is an experienced coach / user during the first training sessions with the computer." So the assessment of Tobias Schadewaldt, even passionate racing sailor, multiple German Champion, Kiel Week winner and Olympian.
Tobias learned to sail on "the jade" in his early childhood. After his first successes in Optimist and Laser he moved with Hannes Baumann in May 2008 in the 49er. The two athletes trained hard and achieved in 2012 the participation in the Olympic Games in London and the leap to the top of the world rankings.
As a helmsman in the German Sailing Champions League and as a coach for the national team, he has remained faithful to his great passion, sailing.

George Blaschkiewitz (GER): "The kids had grasped quickly ..."

George Blaschkiewitz

"... on the water everything ran differently than normal today – the “Dry Training” on the PC made it’s impact felt. The kids had grasped quickly, why and how far they had to luff or bear away in order to sail successfully, and how important it is it tack on the long leg."

With George Blaschkiewitz , we can get excited about a prominent coach for the work with Tactical Sailing. Also, our exercises on PC were well received by the kids in his training group, who wholeheartedly made use of the chance to apply on the water what was learned in practice.

Lutz Kirchner (GER): "Sail the Longer Leg - and you are in front!"

Lutz Kirchner

Lutz Kirchner has been a coach on the international sailing level for several years. Along with the improvement of tactical, physical, mental, athletic, coordinative and technical skills, which sailing requires, the integration of every single athlete into the group is important to him. He believes team spirit and synergy effects are necessary in order to attain the best possible result—not only in sporting activities, but also in one’s general behavior.

Longer leg first

Furthermore, the Coach-Box enabled us to visualize tactical teaching devices, and, above all, design them to be interesting. The simulation of the long leg, short leg and the changes that appear during the beats could be pointed out superbly, without having a flipchart filled out to the point where no one knew what line stood for what course. Also, explanations, i.e. bearing to land, are portrayed very well and explained clearly in the program.

Cyrill Auer (SUI): "I myself working repeatedly with the Tactical Sailing to prepare theory"

Cyrill Auer

With the Tactical Sailing program and the "Coach´s Toolbox", I prepare theory lessons ... I look forward to the reactions of the kids.

I am fluent in German, French and English.
I have been sailing (born in 1982) as long as I can remember, racing whenever and whatever I could get my hands on. In the past years mostly keelboats. I got my first coaching degree 13 years ago and continuously enhanced my coaching education ever since. I have been involved in introducing and leading Opti programs for various sailing clubs and federations in Switzerland as well as abroad. I have founded optimist-academy.ch  in 2008 to provide independent coaching services. Now let’s get on the water and have some fun!!! C ya! Cyril

Cyrill Auer (CH): "... get a better understanding of tactics involved in sailing.

Overlapping at the zone

Tactical Sailing is a great software to get a better understanding of the tactics involved in sailing. I use it a lot in theory lessons. The great advantage is that it has games as well so sailors can try to beat another boat or sail the best time around a race course. All that with a variety of boats.

Mark Rushall (GBR): "I'm excited about the possibilities with Tactical Sailing software."

Mark Rushall
Persistent shift on facebook

"Just been playing with Tactical Sailing Game: lots of potential there. In this clip, Green has a handle on the shift period and sails into the persistent shift, while the others hang out for that winning leftie: It will probably come on the run."
"The big advantage for me over other race situation software is that you can move the wind direction in real time to reproduce realistic situations, and position the boats to demonstrate (or test!) specific scenarios. Well done! I think the game situations will be a fun way to get basic and subtle sailing concepts across to developing sailors: Great when the water is a long way away or the weather is unkind. Very many sailors and coaches use Macintosh computers so its great that the software runs nicely on a Mac with no need for Parallels etc.".

Tomas Ruiz de Luque (USA): "I like the fact that I can change the wind while the boats sail!"

Tomás Ruiz de Luque

„I like the fact that with Tactical Sailing I can run different scenarios and change the wind while the boats sail! I feel it is a valuable tool that I will definitely use with team USA in Holland”, said Tomás Ruiz de Luque, Optimist Team Head Coach at Annapolis Yacht Club (USA).
Tomas Ruiz de Luque was handpicked by the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association to coach the US Optimist Sailing Team when they participate in the 30th Magic Marine Easter Regatta (March 29 – April 7.2015) in Braassemermeer, Roelofarendsveen, The Netherlands.
He was born in Argentina and moved to Annapolis from Buenos Aires. His sailing background includes competitions in seven World Championships and seven South American Championships. His background in Optimist coaching makes him the ideal candidate to provide this same World-class training to the Annapolis Yacht Club Optimist Team.

Dragan Gasic (SLO): He works with Coach-Toolbox in Riva del Garda

Dragan Gasic (SLO)

Dragan use - as seen here at Riva Lago di Garda - this special Coach-Box of the Tactical Sailing program. Increased attention and constant concentration is fostered by the use of our animations. The Coach-Box is a useful tool at your disposal for the design of seminars, presentations and workshops. The Coach-Box contains additional possibilities for the self-design of exercises: enhanced service of the Wind-Simulator, alternative placement of the yachts, alteration of the course and maneuver.

Thomas Calafiore (ITA): "Tactical Sailing" is a very simple method to explain tactics to children

Thomas: "I work as a coach for Opti in Italy, and after a first quick lesson with the children I noticed, that "Tactical Sailing" is a very simple method to explain tactics to children of about 10/11 years. Our staff tried just different methods, but it seems that your program may be the best. But I noticed just, that you should add a penalty in the "Game Against the Wind" when touching the marks.
I have to study the program and "Coach´s Toolbox", to prepare some good winter lessons for the experts and also beginners of racing.

The photos are taken at a workshop in our area (Zone X, Marche), Ancona. About 100 Opti sailors from 7 years upwards, from beginners to experts divided into three groups with the theme: "Speed".

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