Online coaching


An example of a My Sailing Coach homepage
 

An example of a My Sailing Coach homepage

Paul Brotherton talks to us about his new distance learning tool
The role of the sailing coach has evolved rapidly over the past few years – moving out of the exclusive domain of Olympic training and America’s Cup and onto the weekend warrior’s sailing calendar at some point. A highly talented individual in a rib, complete with video camera and wet-notes remains an expensive way to make significant progress in your sailing however. For some top level yacht campaigns this expense is easily justified, but for the more modest programme it is prohibitive. One of the ways around this has been to club together –either as a small group or a class – and all benefit from some wise words and split the cost. This down side of this is that when the day, or weekend is over, it can be quickly back to the old habits and where does the next improvement come from? Coaching is much more than pointing out the obvious and top level campaigns rely on a structured programme with goals and measured achievements to bring out the best in their sailors. It is with this in mind that My Sailing Coach has been launched – an online ‘distance learning’ product which aims to provide the sailor with continuity and discipline in his sailing development while delivering valuable technique coaching. The brains behind the site are Paul Brotherton and Dave McNamara, who aim to sign up sailors to their online coaching programme and provide one-on-one help, study aids, tutorials, exercises, and feedback over the course of a well defined training programme. Brotherton, who is no stranger to readers of TheDailySail, says his new venture is an attempt to disseminate the Brotherton School of Coaching to a broad an audience as possible. He has personally sailed at the highest level for many years and alongside this had a very active role as

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