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"Sail Faster through Uncertain Times" - 60 Minutes of Live Q&A

by Andy Rice 11 May 2021 11:06 BST 1700 BST, 1800 CET 12 May 2021
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Whether you're a club racer, a dedicated Weekend Warrior or a full-time Olympic athlete, how do you continue to move forwards as a racing sailor during uncertain times? This is one of the questions that top racing coach Hamish Willcox and sailing journalist Andy Rice will be addressing on a Zoom live chat this Wednesday 12 May at 5pm UK time/ 6pm Central European Time.

Even when the racing calendar is written lightly in pencil and waiting to be inked in, with the prospect of delays and cancellations, that doesn't mean you can't keep on improving your racecraft, ready for when we're all out of lockdown again.

Whatever level you're currently at with your sailing, join Hamish and Andy for "Sail Faster through Uncertain Times", a 60-minute Q&A session to ask your specific questions, or just sit back and soak up the knowledge. This live call is part of Road To Gold, an online course launched last December which shares Hamish's 40 years of competing and coaching at world class level, as well as very successful spells at junior and youth level.

Having been part of Emirates Team New Zealand's performance coaching team during the recent America's Cup in Auckland, Hamish is currently in Santander, Spain, working with Pete Burling and Blair Tuke in their bid to defend the 49er Olympic title which they won in Rio 2016.

With just two and a half months remaining until the Tokyo Games, making maximum use of the short time available is more important than ever. That's another topic we'll be discussing - where to get the best 'bang for your buck' when you're on the water either training or competing. How to make the most progress in the shortest time possible.

Meanwhile in another part of the Iberian peninsula, Hamish's son Dan and his helmsman Paul Snow-Hansen have just won the 470 European Championships in Portugal after spending more than a year at home in New Zealand, away from international competition due to COVID restrictions.

So how is it possible to arrive at your first major regatta of the season and immediately be at the front of the fleet? Again, another topic that Hamish is well qualified to answer.

But the main point of this live Q&A is to give YOU an opportunity to get YOUR questions answered. So, here's how you get on the call:

  1. Sign up to the Facebook Group to get the Zoom link to the call. https://www.facebook.com/groups/roadtogoldsquad

  2. Click on the Zoom link and register to join the call.

  3. Even if you can't make the live call, once you're inside the Facebook Group there will be an option to download the recording for a small fee.

Whether you race dinghies, multis, boards, foilers or keelboats, if you're keen to improve your performance even if there's not much racing going on for you, make sure you get on this call.

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