A summer of medals

published in: Tuesday, 4 September 2018

A summer of medals

As coaches we don’t usually get to celebrate multiple medals in different classes, I am lucky to be involved with quite a few in the past couple of

Varsha and Swets

Varsha dn Sweta on the podium at the Asian games 2018

months in multiple classes

The first and most famous one is Varsha and Sweta winning a silver medal at the 2018 Asian games in 49erFX, even though Pete was the main coach of their campaign I was honored to be a part of their development as a team and help them through all the challenges faced in their way, of course they also won a silver medal at the Asian championship held in June at the venue of the Asian games so was a good sign for the future. to read more about their ordeals you can read more on our Toplevel Sailing website

The medal I am most proud of belongs to a very promising young sailor from Taiwan who won the world title in the topper class, Hsiang-Feng has been sailing the Laser 4.7 under my guidance since the preparation to the Asian championship in June, and won the world championship held in late August in China. Actually this event was very successful for the entire Taiwan team with the boys (even though having only 2 races so the event didn’t count) sailed at the top with Yu-Lin Yang (Eduard) sailing 2,2 and Channing sailing 9,4 in a fleet

Hsiang- Feng

Hsiang-Feng, topper world champion from Taiwan

of 250 boats. the most encouraging aspect was they have never sailed the topper before the event and were among the fastest boats in the fleet beating sailors who are well trained for many years in that class.

China Laser training

published in: Saturday, 16 June 2018

China Laser training

Spent the past ten days at a training camp with Ogawa (Laser) and Andrea (Laser Radial) together with the Chinese sailing team at Rizhao,

The Chinese team is among the best in the world in Laser Radial with an Olympic champion (2012) and an Asian games champion (2014), our expectations were to be constantly at the back of the fleet but occasionally Andrea was able to beat Echo for the first lap which was a big sign of her potential. The full rigs are also very good sailors though not as successful as the women, still Ogawa managed to be competitive against them and only lost when he made big mistakes (which happened less and less throughout the camp) also showing a very good sign to his potential

The conditions were mainly light sea breeze with choppy waves which is relatively new to our drivers and it took a while to get up to date with speed both upwind and downwind.

On the tactical side it was mainly pressure driven even though it was the hardest thing to see since the area is pretty foggy and visibility and lighting was far from perfect, (sort of like Abu-Dhabi with poor visibility), how ever both Andrea and Ogawa were able to feel the differences and act accordingly. China training

The main realization for both is how accurate they must be to race in the top levels, how every little mistake will cost quite a lot of distance and how important it is to concentrate on their own boats and plan,

we also got to train a bit on high level and tight starts with the understanding that they must take a low risk position at the start and focus on accurate boat speed immediately after the start as they saw how quick they will get pinned if not.

And just as important – follow your own routines, there is a reason those were developed individually :)

So after learning how to sail for the past few months it was time to learn how to race and I was very pleased with our improvement during this training camp mainly on the mental aspect, both proved they can recover and analyze their races factually in the hardest fleet.

Now we are already in Jakarta with the Entire Taiwan team (including Laser 4.7 and Optimist) preparing for the Asian sailing championship that starts next week with the goal of qualifying for the Asian games (Taiwan has a defined criteria for Asian games participation)

Keep your fingers crossed for us :)




Asian games prep

published in: Saturday, 31 March 2018

Asian games prep


I have recently begun the Asian games preparation phase for our Taiwanese sailors as part of my role at Toplevel sailing.


I have the privilege to work with two very dedicated and talented sailors, Ogawa sailing the Laser (Ogawa downwind Video) and Andrea sailing the Laser Radial. We also have the 4.7 and Optimist squad joining for some of the time which gives me the ability to further their routines and knowledge.

We are making huge progress and having some very fruitful sessions in all types of sailing conditions. Taiwan is definitely an excellent place for sailing, from flat water to big waves, from light to strong wind we have the benefit of all possible sailing conditions.  Within a very short period of time we are reaching a very good level of speed that allows us to focus on improving  the tactical aspects of sailing.

Fitness is also a big part of it and both sailors are giving it all to improve their fitness in time for our first challenge which will be the Asian Championship at the end of June. that means we have enough time to reach a high enough competitive level to achieve the teams goals.

We have other news and projects going simultaneously at Toplevel sailing but currently this will be my main focus. for more you can visit

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Winning medals

published in: Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Helping you winning medals

As part of my role at world sailing academy I have been busy with helping two of the biggest sailing clubs in Israel get back on track

Hapoel Tel-Aviv sailing clubHapoel Tel-Aviv sailing club

I have been closely supervising the development of coaches and sailors of that club. we ran two very successful and productive coach training seminars and followed up on improvement. and the success train has arrived. after many years of barely scraping the podium the club squads took part in the biggest winter event in the middle east and I was glad to see them winning medals again achieving 2 winners, 4 silvers and 3 bronze medals in Optimist, 420, Bic techno 6.8, 7.8 and RSX 8.5. this just reassured us as to how quickly our coach training methods are showing results.

Bnei Herzeliya sailing clubBnei Herzeliya

I was asked to run a training camp and coach training for their Laser squad, after working on some key technical skills the overall speed improved significantly as well as their coache’s understanding as to his role and what to focus on, I left them with some points to focus on in the coming weeks until my next visit an they have been following them closely .Their squad also took part in that same event and had an incredible improvement to their performance compared to their previous event ( as seen in the graphs)


Bnei Herzeliya

Taiwan National Games

published in: Sunday, 1 October 2017

Taiwan National Games

I will start with the end result, our team achieved 5 out of 6 gold medals at the Taiwan national games

We started working with Yilan team back in 2016, initially we sent Umesh, since the rest of us was busy with the East Jawa preparations for the PON games in Indonesia. Umesh was the first who showed them when can be done.Celebrating

Later on Pete and Myself went for a few weeks coaching the entire team and then I came back for a dedicated preparation for the National games team during September.

The amount of talent in this group is huge, The athletes are highly dedicated, trained hard and never complained even though we worked really really hard.

The parents of the Yilan club are probably the X factor in it all. everybody is volunteering and helping and doing whatever possible to get things done. This leads to a great atmosphere of cooperation and the TEAM is above all.

The language barrier was


sometimes notable but luckily Mr. Chiang the head of the club and Sunny were there to support the entire process, we wouldn’t have achieved such success without them.


Now our Optimist team is already in Hong Kong for the IODA Asians so am very eager to get news once

their racing starts.

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Taiwan Optimist team IODA Asians

Taiwan Optimist team IODA Asians




WSA Coaching Hong-Kong

published in: Tuesday, 21 March 2017

WSA Coaching Hong-Kong

As a part of my work for WSA we recently started coaching a very talented sailor from Hong Kong Jackie Truhol

After Pete trained Jackie Last month in Malaysia, I spent the past 2 weeks coaching Jackie here in Israel. We hit it off very well and I really enjoyed coaching her. a very promising and talented sailor.
Jackie is a very talented and efficient athlete, no time was wasted on the water and all but one day we achieved and exceeded the sessions goals.

Aspects that we covered in her training here was: sail shape and sail trim, center of effort and boat balance to minimize rudder movements, bow steering, how to use a compass, how to effectively pump, how to plan a strategy, how to follow and practice routines, built a fitness program.
Within a very short period of time Jackie improved her speed significantly, She now understands how and why the sail and boat behave and interact, she knows how to use her compass successfully, she knows how to pump effectively and help the boat maintain speed.
All these she had no idea about prior to this!.

What we learnt from training Jackie is a talented sailor with no solid base of knowledge will ever achieve their potential. its a great idea to take inspiration from around you, look at what the top sailors are upto, understand what they are doing differently, and then get yourself a coach who can make it easy for you to understand HOW AND WHY you need specific techniques to be fast and win.

To finish up we had a splendid 20+ knots waves we dedicated to improve her reaching, Watch the video and you can imagine the big smile on her face at the end of it :)

Jackie is now off to the UK for some uni meetings and then a week training with Pete followed by the UK youth nationals in Hayling Island.

Wish them both all the best and hopefully we can get Jackie to a level contending for a medal at the Asian games

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Indian 49er FX

published in: Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Indian 49er FX


I had the pleasure of starting up the Tokyo 2020 Olympic campaign training for the Indian 49er FX team of Varsha Gautham with her new crew Shweta Shervegar.

49er FX

That was Shweta's third day on the boat

Varsha is an Asian games medalist in 29er at 2014 as well as being top ten at the 49er junior worlds in that same year. She was mainly working with Pete as her coach but as part of the WSA we decided to mix things up for a bit and spent 2 weeks in Israel training with the old rig. The old rig is a lot harder to sail since the mast is much heavier and the sails are less forgiving, especially the kite which tends to pitch pole when it gets windy.

Since it was Shweta’s first time on the 49er We were focusing on her getting to know how the boat behaved. From Varsha’s point it took her learning how differently the boat behaves with a heavy crew on it. So I had a lot of opportunities to jump in the boat substituting Shweta every time it got too windy for her or she got tired and that enabled me to show Varsha how and why theb oat behaves differently and how forgiving it can get. Off course ripping the Tel-Aviv coast line in over 18 knots was a lot of fun for me as well :)

I must say I was very Impressed with Shweta who in only 3 days on the boat managed to sail in 14 knots with out a single capsize, lots of confidence and it has a lot to do with Varsha’s abilities to both sail the boat but also give Shweta enough confidence to keep going. Shweta as we  discovered has a very good eye for the tell tales and can spot pressure very easily which is essential for a good crew.


Thats me crewing for Varsha

So now that the hard bit is covered the team is now working on fitness and their communication as a team. Frankly I am looking forward to my next batch of coaching these two as it really felt good to see them clicking it on as a team and improving so rapidly.

Very busy times at WSA but I will keep updating.

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East Java Indonesia

published in: Wednesday, 5 October 2016

East Java Indonesia

I spent the past months supervising and coaching the East Java sailing team in Indonesia as part of my role as performance director at the World sailing academy.

And It was great. Yes their initial technical and tactical level was pretty low, but we had a bunch of very talented young (and some old) sailors. we covered a lot of classes: laser radial, 420, 470, fireball and Hobbie 16.

East Java Team

East Java Team Lined Up

We immediately engaged in a full on program and within a month they started showing better rig understanding and tactical aspects which was our priority.

our target event was the PON regatta which is a kind of an Indonesian Olympic games. one sailor per province. not only sailing but also all other sports.

as for the PON regatta here is our teams brief of the event.


We finished the big one with 7 medals from a possible 10, that shrank from 8 medals from a possible 10, as the Fireball got protested out of theirs from a protest that the Jury refused to reopen.

From a previous best of 4 medals, the #EastJava team has definitely showed a marked improvement, and they all appreciate the difference – the team is unrecognisable from 5 months ago. Taking this forward on a positive note, tactically they understood what they needed to do and now it comes down to imposing the discipline to nail those golds!

We’ll take this as a win, and work on the rest.
Keep you posted on #Team East Java!”


Another side goal was to qualify the women 470 team of Chika and Zili to the Asian games 2018. And they pretty much did it with a day to spare. winning races by over 2 minutes lead.

Oh did I mention that the first time these two ever sat on a 470 was in May? prior to that they were both sailing laser Radial. Remarkable!!!!!!!!!

So we had a blast and came back with lots of medals. actually second best province in the medal tally.

East Java Team

East Java Team with all the supporters

To conclude I would like to thank Dipesh for doing such excellent work , my co performance director Pete , Ririn Our East Java Team leader for being the engine that made everything fall into place, my wife for dealing with my long absence and off course to the sailors who made this project fun and super satisfying.

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A New Beginning

published in: Friday, 17 June 2016

A New Beginning


After a much needed time at home, clearing my head and working on future plans its time for a new beginning.

I had a very relaxed time mainly just coaching the local boys and spending time with my son.

As I am now a performance director at the World Sailing Academy  I am now off to our very exciting project in Indonesia coaching the East Java Sailing team.

We have a group of very enthusiastic sailors in several classes, backed by a very supporting staff and management.

So far they have been improving fitness and boat tuning so my role is to have a more accurate look at their techniques, improve the fitness aspects and start some tactical and strategical aspects of sailing with the team.

A new beginningAs my colleagues who have already been coaching them showed me they have a great team spirit which has a very positive effect on performance. and our mission is to achieve as many gold medals as possible in their national selection event held in September.

I am very excited to start this new chapter of coaching , a new place, new culture and some very promising future prospects among this group.

Off course i will send some pictures from paradise so this one is just an appetizer :)

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Laser worlds 2016

published in: Monday, 25 April 2016

Laser worlds 2016

The laser worlds 2016 for laser radial was a great event. The bay of Banderas in Mexico provided us with some great sailing, combined with the great atmosphere the sailors and coaches had it was just perfect.

I was coaching 3 sailors, Pia Kuhlmann from Germany, Aoife Hopkins from Ireland and Nethra Kumanan from India.

Laser worlds 2016

Pia in action

We sailed 4 days of qualifying rounds followed by 3 days of finals.

And off course the weather in training was different than in racing. What should have been a 10-15 knots sea breeze happened to be 6-8 knots sea breeze struggling to settle in against clouds formed on the mountains around.

Qualifying rounds went bad except for Aoife who had some really good races including a couple of top tens , missing out on gold fleet by an abandoned race. She kept on sailing very consistently throughout the final rounds. She eventually finished 43 and for a 17 year old sailor in her first senior worlds it was great to see her racing head to head with the world’s best sailors. 

Pia managed to recover from her bad qualifiers and sailed the finals very consistently within the top ten, moved up 20 places in 6 races to finish 48th which made the coach really happy.

Nethra couldn’t find her speed even though in training she was much faster than most of the fleet.

The trip home was long and combined with jetlag required about 3days recovery. Hence my delay.

Next up for me is Kiel week, so see you out there

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